I always make a point to do some kitchen activities with the children during school holidays, like the time when I taught them to cook from young in simple dishes. I will do it more frequent with the kids but you know, there is limited energy after work and weekends are usually outdoors. And over one long weekend 2 weeks ago, I decided to do a first time baking for myself and first time baking with the kids.

I never had an oven. And one wrong concept is I thought that oven has to be in-built which we did not have it when we moved to this house, and portable ovens are too expensive for my limited baking. Then a close girl friend told me that ovens nowadays are very affordable and it is worth a small investment just to have fun baking with the children. So, I went to scout for one cheap oven and this oven cost me less than $100!

My oven

My oven

Well, I can treat it like a toy to have fun with the kids. And guess what? The moment the oven arrived, the hubby made these:

Roast Pork with incredible crispy pork skin on top!! We could save some $$$ roasting our own pork and this was better than stall bought ones. The hubby indeed has a flair for cooking.

Roast Pork

Our first baking was a very simple one – BUTTER COOKIES! And I must say it was a great success as the kids loved them very much. The cookies were incredibly crispy and we made tiny cookies so that it is easy for little hands and eating is not such a mess as they pop one after the other into the mouth.

Recipe for easy peasy butter cookies (Click here for the original recipe):

Preparation time – 15 min

Baking time – 8-10 min for each tray of cookies

Ready in 1 hour 30 min

  • 1 salted/unsalted butter (250g) – We used salted butter.
  • 2, 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (If you use salted butter, you may skip this ingredient)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Next…

Cream together the flour and butter till light and fluffy

butter and sugar

Stir

Beat in the egg

Egg

Stir in the vanilla extract

Combine the flour and salt and stir into the mixture

Mix

Cover the dough and chill for one hour

Preheat oven to 200 deg C.

Use your fingers and hands to make small little domes the size of a 20 cent coin, put them on cookie sheets or directly on baking tray.

Bake for 8-10 minutes in the preheated oven or till you see light brown at the edges.

Over here, you have to be careful, as after one trial and error, with this limited function oven, we have to first put the tray on the lower rack and turn the knob to bottom heating, then once we see light brown edges, we took out the tray and transfer to upper rack and turn the knob to top heating. When we first did it, we used top and bottom heating and ended up top part brown and crispy but bottom part half baked.

Bake

Tada! The yummy butter cookies are done!

Butter cookies

Isn’t this simple?

This is a good bonding activity with the children. They can help out in the preparation stage but need supervision for baking stage.

The next time I will probably try a cup cake or cheesecake recipe 🙂

Share with me if you have simple recipes for baking!