Family Bake Off crumbles! | Bega Valley Region Activity Wrap Up

It was the kids turn to take over the kitchen with some very special school holiday cooking classes. Our second ‘Family Bake Off’ was a great success – with mini masterchefs taking the lead to create their very own Apple Crumble Tart and Red Velvet cupcakes. Parents and kids, grandparents and grandkids all came together to master basic kitchen skills, and learn some fancy ones too!

The kids learnt how to make pastry from scratch – measuring, sifting, crumbling, kneading and rolling the dough to form a perfect tart crust. The mini chefs carefully cracked eggs and separate yolks from whites.

After the dough had rested, Chef Kelly taught the kids how to roll it out to fit the pie tin. Her tip was to roll out around as if the dough was a clock face; pushing the rolling pin to 12 o’clock, then to 1 o’clock, until the rolling pin had made it all the way around. This ensured that the dough was rolled out evenly.

The first responder families used dry lentils and rice to weigh down the parchment paper, ready for blind baking. The apple corer made some twirly whirly apples, just like slinkys. These were chopped up and coated in all sorts of sugary, buttery goodness.

What started as a bit of stray flour soon turned into a bit of a family flour fight. No one was safe from tiny, flour-y handprints being whacked onto black jeans… much to the amusement of the cute little culprit!

It was so great to glance around the kitchen and see the different family dynamics at each cooking station. At one end of the kitchen, we had a young chef who diligently wiped her chopping board down with a cloth. At the other end, her sister took every opportunity she could to lick a bowl, whisk or spoon. Two older siblings working together to methodically master the steps… and then a nan and granddaughter who took great joy in smearing flour on each others faces!

At one point one of the little chefs went missing from her station, and then we realised she wasn’t missing at all, instead, she was sitting on her stool, tucked up with a bowl of red velvet cake batter and a spoon!

Families went home with tarts and cupcakes (and new skills) to share with their families and friends. By the end of the afternoon, the sugar had well and truly kicked in… lots of energy and giggles and funny faces to round out a lovely night.

Thank you to Kelly from Eastwoods Deli and Cooking School, who helped us make this wellbeing activity a success.

You can also read about the Bega Valley Family Bake Off session that happened the previous day too.

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