I love baking with my little boy. And I know he loves baking with me. If he sees me go in the cabinet for the stand mixer, for pots or pans, for flour – anything that would tip him off that I’m about to bake – he comes running over and says “Up!”. And if he is in the other room playing with his toys or reading a book and I ask him if he’d like to help Daddy cook, he drops what he is doing and comes running to me. <3
Of course we end up making a mess together. I have gotten neater in the kitchen oven the years, but there is no doubt this boy is my son. When making bread or pizza dough, Toddler Boy (without fail) gets flour just about everywhere; on the counter, the floor, on the dog, on us.
We have a pretty good system, he and I. First I read out the ingredients and we get them out and on the counter. Some of the ingredients he can even get himself, such as the olive oil bottle we keep on a bottom shelf. “Can you get me the oil?” – he nods or says “Dah” and goes and retrieves it!
Once everything is out, I read out the directions and we go through it step by step. I’ll hand him a measuring cup and fill it with flour, then tell him to go ahead and dump it. Next, oil. Pour it into the tablespoon, keep your hand steady, ok, dump. Sometimes he is a little enthusiastic with his dumping (hence the flour on poor Luna dog), but that’s ok.
Once everything is mixed and poured, I tell him I have to open the oven, so go sit down. He can either sit by the dishwasher or the fridge, both far away from the stove. Usually he prefers sitting by the fridge.
Then, we turn on the timer on the microwave and clean up before going and playing.
Our system works pretty well, though I must confess it is not always flawless… Sometimes, ingredients or steps get missed. Oops. I guess I can’t blame him since he can’t read and that is my job.
The only…only!… ingredient we missed in this Carmelized Onion & Spinach Olive Oil Quick Bread (recipe courtesy of our foodie friend Dara from Cookin’ Canuck) was Feta.
Feta! I bought the feta specifically for this recipe. And I went and left it out. Ugh. Hahah. Well, it did nothing to change our opinion on this bread being both a quick and tasty yeast free bread. Next time we will add it in though
After we cooked up this bread and munched on it with our lunch, we brought it to share with my parents and Nana before Sunday dinner.
While Toddler Boy and I may occasionally forget an ingredient or step, and can be counted on to always make a mess, we enjoy baking together. I’m looking forward to having his little brother join us in the kitchen. Imagine the mess and trouble the three of us will make!
Recipe adapted from: Cookin Canuck