Simple baking with a toddler: Tea loaf

Yesterday, for the first time I baked with my 2 year old whilst our baby napped. I opted for a very simple recipe for a tea loaf. This one comes from the Nigella Lawson community:

Tea loaf:

  • 300g of S.R. flour
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150g raisins
  • tea (one mug – black, cold)
  • Preheat oven to 180 C
  • Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Pour in the tea and mix together to form a gloopy batter.
  • Pour into a loaf tin and bake in the oven for 45 mins, then turn the oven off and leave in there for another 10 mins.

It was great to bake with my little girl, she caught onto what to do very quickly, and loved mixing the dry ingredients together.

Making a tea loaf and a mess

She didn’t quite sure what to think when I added the tea and made the batter all gloopy, but she was happy to lick the spoon. We also made a nice mess.

No floors were hurt in the making of this loaf

It turned out a little denser than when I’ve made it previously, but it was still darn tasty. What’s more, I had bought the flour reduced, the caster sugar in bulk and the raisins were Tesco own brand. The tea was one I’d made earlier and not got a chance to drink, so I’ll call that free. All in all, less than 40p for the loaf.

Tea and a buttery slice of tea loaf. A winning combination

I loved baking with my LG. My mum was a good cook, I think, but my dad is a fussy eater, so she got out of the way of it. Because of that, she never really taught me cooking and I’ve mostly had to teach myself. If I can teach my kids, even just a little, I’ll be a happy mum.

What toddler-friendly recipes do you like to make?

Two other little things to report today.

  1. Hubby got a free ‘Naked Grouse’ whiskey to review. It arrived today and it was gooood.2. Hubby did a very strange form of foraging today, finding this:on the Comber Greenway. I’d feel bad to keep it though, so I’m going to donate it to a food bank next time I’m in a supermarket. After all, what comes around goes around.

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