So I started putting her up on the counter next to me. (I know there are helper stools for kids for this exact purpose. But ain't nobody got money or storage space for that!) For a long time Pippa was content to just watch me. Eventually I started letting her stir whatever I was making. Around this Halloween I started letting her measure. And that's where we are. Pippa loves cooking. Especially the part where she gets to taste along the way.
And yes, we are safe about it. If the stove is on she is never next to it - it goes stove, mixing bowl, Pippa. I don't leave her alone on the counter and she can't reach any of the knives or anything dangerous.
Here she's helping T make rolls.
All of the girls cooking together (I usually strap Roxy to me in the Becco baby carrier and Pippa sits on the counter).
Baking while Roxy sleeps.
Tasting is always the best part!
Some recipes are more toddler friendly than others (you know - no eggs and will still turn out even if the measuring is slightly off). One we often make together is apple muffins. It is forgiving with the measuring. I just give Pippa the correct measuring cup / spoon and watch how big (or small) her scoops are so we end up with about-ish the right amount. You might have to slightly adjust the baking time, but these are edible every time (though they do taste slightly different every time when Pippa does the measuring!). This recipe is great because Pippa does everything (mixing and measuring) but the shortening and cutting the apple (I cut it into big wedges then Pippa uses the chop wizard to cut the apple wedges into the little chunks).
- Preheat oven to 350 and put in muffin liners (this makes 12 muffins
- Mix together:
- 1 and 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 and 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 cup sugar
3. Cut 1/2 cup shortening (or you can use butter or margarine) into the flour mixture
4. Stir in
- 1 egg (or substitute a bit under 1/4 cup milk)
- 1/4 cup milk (so if you sub in milk for the egg it's a very scant 1/2 cup milk total)
- one medium apple chopped into bite size pieces (any kind of apple works)
5. Divide batter among muffin liners
6. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes
7. Unwrap muffins and dip muffin tops in melted butter then in cinnamon sugar