Happy National Baking Week!
Founded in 2007 the aim of National Baking week is to get people baking. We love to bake and often get our inspiration from stories. Several books have inspired us to get creative in the kitchen, we’d love to hear about any book inspired baking that you may have done.
Elmer by David McKee
This was one of my favourite book inspired baking activities when I was teaching in Early Years. Elmer inspired biscuits can be made using any biscuit recipe you like. Once the biscuits are cool you can create your patchwork elephant by sticking smarties onto a thin layer of icing, the challenge is to make sure that each elephant is decorated using six different coloured smarties! Adding hundreds and thousands also gives an Elmer effect.
The Aerodynamics of Biscuits by Claire Helen Walsh and Sophia Toulaitou
Biscuits and cheese both feature heavily in this story about Oliver and a crew of pirate mice. We combined cheese and biscuits to bake cheesy biscuit rockets (the recipe is in the blogpost).
Lucy’s Secret Reindeer by Anne Booth and Sophie Williams
After reading Lucy’s Secret Reindeer we baked Christmas Cookies using the recipe in the back of the book – they tasted absolutely delicious. There is also a recipe for Reindeer Cupcakes included.
Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat by Ursula Moray Williams
Our chocolate shortbread cats were inspired by Gobbolino. The silver balls from the eyes melted to give her a spooky Halloween look!
Mango and Bambang by Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy
Mango manages to entice Bambang the tapir back to her flat with the promise of her favourite food, banana pancakes. We made vegan banana pancakes using gluten free flour. The recipe is in the blogpost – the pancakes are really delicious!
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
The witch’s plait inspired us to practise our plaiting skills. Baking bread was a fun way of doing this and we plaited loaves and rolls!
We wanted to bake a birthday cake for Old Bear’s 30th birthday so we chose one of our favourite Old Bear characters. We made Little Bear with his red trousers – the braces were my daughter’s idea!
Have you ever been inspired to bake after reading? We’d love to hear which stories inspired your baking!
Enjoy National Baking Week!