Half term baking with Messy-me.com | Plus toddler friendly basic biscuit recipe




Let's be honest, half terms can be hard enough to plan at the best of times, but February half term is without a doubt the hardest.

With the weather so unpredictable and generally freezing cold, having indoor 'rainy day' activities to keep the kids entertained is essential!

Luckily Messy-Me.com have got us covered for some half term baking - February is 'bake for family fun' month after all.

Messy Me is a family owned business (which are the kind of businesses I think are great to support and get behind) and was started by a Mum of three children, so she really understands what us Mum's of weaning, baking or crafting children really need.

"With my little ones making a mess EVERY DAY, I wanted products which would look good in my kitchen and make my life easier - not add to the workload." Helen Hibbard, founder of Messy Me.

Messy Me now offers a stylish range of fully wipe clean products from weaning accessories to baking kits in the most beautiful designs.

Finn has been lucky enough to try out one of their baking gift sets in a beautiful unisex grey star print.


The gift set comes beautifully packaged all wrapped in tissue paper in a little box and contains an apron, mini rolling pin and a set of star cutters (Finn was most impressed that the cutters matched the apron with the star theme!)



The first thing I noticed was the quality. The apron is thick but not too stiff which I find some wipe down aprons can be and has lovely soft cotton ties. 



Sizing wise, the apron is designed for children aged 3-5years and is 46cm long, 33cm wide.
Finn is 4 years old, so right slap bang in the middle of the recommended age range and it fits him perfectly, which is nice as we have struggled to find aprons small enough before now.


With the rolling pin and cutters included in this set, it makes it absolutely perfect for biscuit making - Finns favourite kind of baking! He can get involved in everything from the mixing to the rolling, cutting and then decorating. 

It is definitely the kind of baking that keeps little ones entertained that little bit longer but also the messiest kind!





The apron did a super job of keeping the mess off his clothes and wiped down easily at the end. 

The apron is also machine washable, although I haven't needed to yet because its just so easy to wipe over.


For those who are interested in safety and standards of products - the apron meets Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and is BPA and Phthalate free. The rolling pin is solid beech from FSC certified forests.


This set, which is available in other designs as well as this lovely grey star print, is £19.50 and available here.

Now, who wants to make some biscuits? 

Apron, rolling pin and cutters at the ready.....





RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
300g plain flour (+ extra for rolling) 
150g caster sugar
250g soft butter, diced
1 large egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla essence

METHOD

1. Heat the oven to 180c
2. Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl
3. Add the egg yolk and vanilla essenceand beat the mixture until smooth
4. Next add the flour and mix everything together to form a smooth dough
5. Mould the dough, wrap in clingfilm and leave it in a fridge for 30 minutes
6. Sprinkle some flour on a clean surface and roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thick
7. Cut out star shapes using your cookie cutters
8. Line a baking sheet with baking paper, transfer the star shaped biscuits on to the baking sheet
9. Cook the biscuits for approx 12 minutes until golden
10. Leave them to cool on a wire rack.

Variations - you can add other flavouring in place of the vanilla essence. Why not try orange, lemon or strawberry essence instead?

Decorations - use melted chocolate, royal icing or icing pens to decorate. Add sprinkles for extra colour.

Most importantly - have fun. Just like Finn.





*As stated, the baking gift set was kindly gifted to me by Messy-Me.com but all opinions and views are 100% my own. I only advocate products that we love. And we loved this!*


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