I am not a baker. I wish I was but I don’t have it in me to follow recipes carefully and weigh ingredients exactly. I’m much more of a throw it all together and see what happens kind of person!
I do love the idea of baking though, especially with children as there are so many great things they can learn. It’s hands on, creative, practical and fun. Children can feel a sense of achievement in what they create and enjoy their treats with others. I can’t wait until Ava is old enough to break eggs, sift flower and of course, lick the spoon!
As my sponge cakes always sink and my biscuits always burn, I thought I would spend some time finding really simple and easy ways to bake, without actually baking. I’ve called this blog series My Little Bakes but actually, it’s more like ‘My Little Assembling Items and Decorating Them’! If, like me, you aren’t blessed by the Baking Gods, grab the kids and join in with us on our sort of baking journey.
First up, a very fitting treat for bonfire night, perfect for those that are too little to hold real sparklers and everyone else too!
YOU WILL NEED . . .
1. Break your chocolate into pieces and place in the smaller bowl. Carefully place this into the bowl of boiling water and stir gently until all the chocolate has melted.*
* Children will need help from an adult.
2. Take a breadstick and drizzle melted chocolate over one end using the spoon. Turn the stick as you go to fully coat it and keep turning slowly until any excess chocolate has dripped off. You are looking to coat about one third of the way down.
3. Hold the coated breadstick over the dish of sprinkles. Use your fingers to pick up sprinkles and drop onto of the chocolate coated part of the breadstick. Again, turn the stick as you go and keep adding sprinkles until you have covered all the chocolate.
4. Place your coated breadstick onto the baking paper covered tray. Repeat the process with your remaining breadsticks and then place the tray in the fridge for the chocolate to set.
6. Once your sparklers have set, gently pull them off the baking paper, taking care not to break. Serve in a jar.
Enjoy making these delicious chocolatey, crunchy sparklers and be sure to share any great photos over on Instagram using #mylittlemakes_ . If you would like to hear about more Little Bakes for your children as well as heaps of other creative projects then sign up to my newsletter using the form in the sidebar.