If there is one benefit to lockdown, it’s that many of us have a lot more time to either enjoy our favourite pastimes or master some new skills. Baking is a lovely activity for the whole family, and what better way to treat yourself than with a delicious slice of home-made cake?
Whether you’re an expert when it comes to sponges or a complete novice in the kitchen, take a look at One4all Gift Cards’ home baking essentials to get some inspiration for your next bake!
Keeping the kids entertained day in day out can be challenging - especially when you’re spending longer periods of time at home. Baking is a fantastic way to get the little one’s away from their screens and there are plenty of ways to incorporate educational activities into this; from asking numeracy questions when weighing the ingredients to challenging their artistic skills with cake decorating.
Rachel Ellen Unicorn Children’s Apron, £9 from John Lewis
Get the Kitchen
If you’ve got plenty of jobs and chores around the house that you’ve pushed aside before, now is the perfect time to finally tackle them, so why not add organising your kitchen to the list? Storing ingredients in glass jars is a great way to sort through your cupboards and also helps you keep track on any ingredients you might need for your next bake. Get creative with your kitchen shelves and use the time to make a lovely display.
It can be tempting to stick to the same recipes that have been tried and tested by your family, but baking new treats and finding a modern favourite can also be rewarding. There are plenty of recipe books that will make great additions to your book shelves, such as ‘Vegan Cakes and Other Bakes’ available at Waterstones, which will put your baking skills to the test and encourage your family to try something different.
If you want to take your baking to the next level, then kit out your kitchen with some brand-new utensils! You don’t have to spend a lot of money on equipment for the kitchen, as utensils such as this hand whisk from John Lewis will make mixing ingredients much easier and is one that the whole family can use comfortably.
OXO Good Grips Hand Held Mixer/Whisk, £21.50 from John Lewis
Afternoon Tea at Home
Baking is a lovely way to spend the day, so why not use your hard work in the kitchen to create a special experience for your family, by hosting an afternoon tea at home? Gather some of your finest china and lay out a lovely spread of sweet treats and delicious drinks for everyone to enjoy – and if it’s a sunny day, a garden afternoon tea party is sure to excite the little ones.