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TheSnowFairy Tue 11-Aug-15 19:09:10

at baking?

Not inspired by GBBO (much) but more that DD (7) has shown an interest in baking.

Yesterday we made flapjacks, followed the recipe to the letter but firstly the amount we ended up with was so much less than the picture. Then when cooled they were rock hard.

Today I caved in and bought a packet mix to make biscuits blush.

The mix was too dry so I added water - then it was too wet. The cooking time said 10-12 mins. Checked it after 10, needed more. Checked a couple of mins later, needed more. Another couple of mins - and they were burnt!

I am notoriously uncrafty but for goodness sake, AIBU to think there MUST be a recipe I can manage? Please come and share with me...

TIA flowers

haveabreakhaveakitkat Tue 11-Aug-15 19:20:22

Easy peasy biscuits. Taste good even after dd has been 'playing' with the dough for a while.

1 oz butter
2 oz sugar
3 oz flour

Cream the butter and sugar together. Add flour and make a dough. Cut out biscuits and put on greased tray. 180 for 10 minutes.

DisappointedOne Tue 11-Aug-15 19:21:54

HAve you checked your oven temperature?

TheSnowFairy Tue 11-Aug-15 19:22:49

And you promise it's idiot proof? grin

TheSnowFairy Tue 11-Aug-15 19:24:12

Disappointed it's a fan oven. As far as I can tell, I am following every instruction to the letter!

RedRowanBerries Tue 11-Aug-15 19:24:46

I do a lot of baking but i had a similar result with flapjacks (and I never bothered with them again!)

Other biscuits give better results - macaroons are easy but only need egg white which gives a leftover yolk which ime may feel complicated to a beginner!

Scones are a good starter too I think or even easier are rock cakes which for me is just a wetter scone mixture. To make it easier I spoon the wet mix into a greased bun tray rather than using a baking sheet.

FranBrodie Tue 11-Aug-15 19:25:46

What kind of flour kitkat?

Costacoffeeplease Tue 11-Aug-15 19:26:33

With biscuits you generally take them out of the oven when they're just done, they'll still be soft but harden as they cool so leave them on the baking tray for a few minutes - and yes, you have to be very accurate with baking times for biscuits, if the recipe says 12 minutes, set a timer!

TheSnowFairy Tue 11-Aug-15 19:34:13

Costa oh blush thought they needed to be cooked until not soft.

haveabreakhaveakitkat Tue 11-Aug-15 19:37:52

Sorry - plain flour.

We've got a kids usborne baking book. It's really good.

DoreenLethal Tue 11-Aug-15 19:37:54

The butter and sugar mix, once heated, is what sets them - when hot they are molten and when cool they harden up. A bit like butter and sugar are when cool. The flour adds bulk and if any bicarb is in there, that's what makes them rise.

haveabreakhaveakitkat Tue 11-Aug-15 19:39:58

TheSnowFairy Tue 11-Aug-15 19:41:10

kitkat the flapjacks recipe was from a kids cookery book, rowan glad it wasn't just me!

Costacoffeeplease Tue 11-Aug-15 19:44:32

What about some fairy cakes? Basic sponge mixture 200g each of butter, sugar, self raising flour, 4 eggs. Cream the butter and sugar together until they're a smooth creamy mixture, light in colour, add the eggs and mix well, then the flour, the mixture should be thick but almost pouring consistency. Bake at 180 for 15-20 minutes until you can put a knife in and it comes out clean. Best to use at least a hand mixer or a stand mixer if you've got one

LoloKazolo Tue 11-Aug-15 19:51:18

You need the Bible

Start with No Bake Cakes and progress to Things Children Can Make Themselves...

SylvanianCaracal Tue 11-Aug-15 19:51:30

Another person here who bakes a lot and can make some lovely things, but not flapjacks. Mine have always come out hard and brittle and then crumble into basically muesli when you try to eat them. They should definitely be a GBBO technical challenge (if they haven't been already!).

My failsafe is frangipane – beat/whisk 125g soft butter with 125g golden caster sugar. Beat in 2 eggs, then stir in 125g ground almonds. You can cook this in a pastry base (buy ready-made pastry if you don't want to go there) or just on its own, with any kind of berries or chopped up apples or pears mixed in, in a pie dish or tin. Bake for about 40 mins at gas 5.

TheSnowFairy Tue 11-Aug-15 19:56:05

These are great, thank you and please keep them coming.

Feeling much better re the flapjacks smile

AGrinWithoutACat Tue 11-Aug-15 19:57:16

Really easy flapjacks

Or how about Rocky Road (no baking needed ��

Sazzle41 Tue 11-Aug-15 19:58:08

The fan ovens i've had seem to do everything way quicker than the times given in reciepes. Best advice is to watch like hawk if you have see thru door , check after 10 mins then every min after that. All my cake/biscuit recipes are from 2nd hand charity shop Delia and/or Mary Berry.(her choc cake with oil not butter is to die for). Its practice and knowing your own oven.

AGrinWithoutACat Tue 11-Aug-15 19:59:21

Eek link fail!

bettyberry Tue 11-Aug-15 20:04:07

OP top notch flapjacks that are silly easy.

18oz of oats
6oz of golden syrup
6oz of brown sugar
1 block of butter.

chuck all but the oats in a microwaveable bowl and heat for 30sec -1min stir repeat until butter has melted. mix well. Add mixture to oats. mix well.

(If you want to flavour them add things like cranberry and white choc chips or raisin and milk choc chips or a mashed banana and choc here)

pack into a deep tray lined with grease proof paper with paper hanging out each side for easy removale. Bake for around 20-30 minuted @180

when its cooked (top of the oats should be crispy but not burnt.) cut to size in the tin but do not remove until properly cooled. the Grease proof will help you take them out when cold and recut along lines for clean squares.

I used this recipe for years and it has never failed.

Purplepoodle Tue 11-Aug-15 20:24:16

Can't beat chocolate crispy bunsgrin

My kids love decorating rich tea biscuits (brought from the shops). Really easy as u just give them melted choc, marshmallows ect

Rock buns are pretty fool proof too

Purplepoodle Tue 11-Aug-15 20:27:02

Google 'boiled fruit cake'. I made it as a girl guide for cooking badge and it's fool proof.

feckitall Tue 11-Aug-15 20:32:39

<high fives Snow>

I am crap at this baking/crafty DC gave up expecting asking me to be 'that' kind of mother...they are now in their 20s and 1 became a chef! grin
<collates idiot proof recipes>
I still haven't worked out what I am actually good at

TheSnowFairy Tue 11-Aug-15 20:42:00

DD and I will definitely be trying these out.

feckit it's embarrassing, I have no idea what I'm doing wrong and the biscuits today were inedible (to me, although the rest of the family valiantly ate one each - didn't ask for seconds though!). Had to stop DD offering them to our neighbours, she was proud of them blush

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