Baking with Kids:
Did you ever bake as a kid? I remember myself baking lots of cakes, all without any cream or icing, since I relished it then as an evening snack. It used to be cashew cake, walnut cake and a simple vanilla-cherry cake back then. Though, I never continued this passion, as I moved to cities for higher studies and then the job! It got lost in the race of building a successful life. I started baking again, and this time with my son and these #stayathome days are giving me a perfect opportunity to bake cookies, cakes, muffins with him. Before I share our Banana Cinnamon walnut cake recipe, here are few tips while baking with Kids:
1. Messy: It’s okay if you find the flour flying around. Baking with younger kids does get messy, but that shouldn’t stress you, as its a fun and yummy activity you can do to engage them.
2. Patience: Baking with kids involves a lot of patience, kids certainly make mistakes but that’s how they learn and grow. While baking, my son tries to put every ingredient, sieve and mix the batter. It’s never flawless, but I’m there to make up for things.
3. Assign age-appropriate tasks: To keep kids interest in baking, assign them their age-appropriate tasks. Involvement gives them a sense of responsibility and happiness (more so when the cake turns out to be yum, well happens in my case).
4. Ask them their choices: It is always best to ask them their preferred cake flavor (with the best ingredients at home), as keeping up their choices keeps them engaged all the more.
So here, I’m sharing my son’s favorite Banana Cinnamon walnut cake recipe. We relish it during our snack time, with coffee or hot cocoa.
Recipe: Eggless Banana Cinnamon Walnut cake
Total Time: 50m Prep Time: 15m Bake Time: 35m
- Flour: 1 1/2 cup
- Cinnamon powder: 1/4th tablespoon
- Salt: A Pinch
- Baking soda: 1/2 teaspoon
- Baking powder: 1 teaspoon
- Sugar: 1 tablespoon white sugar + 1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar (both powdered)
- Walnuts: 6-7 chopped into small pieces
- Thick Yogurt: 1/4th cup
- Olive oil: 2 1/2 tablespoon
- Mashed ripe bananas: 2
- Add 1/2 sugar, oil, yogurt in a bowl and mix it well.
- Add Mashed banana to the above mixture, stir it and keep it aside.
- Now, sieve the mixture of remaining sugar and all the dry ingredients at least thrice (since this is an eggless recipe).
- Add the dry mixture to mashed banana yogurt mixture mix it in a folding manner. Remember, not to overbeat the whole batter.
- Take some chopped walnuts and coat it with some flour (so that they don’t settle at the bottom of the batter).
- Oil the baking tin and spread some flour evenly on the base and sides of tin! Pour the mixture into the baking tin.
- Preheat the Microwave/OTG at 180 degrees for 6-8mins and let the cake bake for 35-40mins now!
- Check once baked with a toothpick and allow it to cool.
Slice it into loaves and rejoice your Banana cinnamon walnut cake with coffee or cocoa or the way you like. Baking with kids is fun, do involve them!