For this year’s winter holidays, there will be many good opportunities to bring the little ones to baking activities in the kitchen. February 27 is Shrove Sunday, February 28 is Blue Monday and March 1 is Shrove Tuesday.
All three anniversaries have their own pastries or dishes that are among the kids’ favorites.
Shrovetide’s juicy buns, hot western walls on Blue Monday and pancakes on Fat Tuesday—these are recipes kids will master and love. Fresh, baked cream seldom fails youngsters, Torun Nordbo, general manager of the Information Office for Bread and Cereals, says in a press release.
Nordbo believes that baking is a great winter holiday activity that creates good childhood memories.
Winter holidays provide more free time and opportunities to experiment with the kitchen. When children try themselves, they experience food mastery and enjoyment, Nordbow says.
Three memories – three days of bread
Shrove Tuesday actually means the evening before Lent, but it came to include the three days of Shrove Sunday, Blue Monday, and Shrove Tuesday.
Baking day 1: Shrovetide cakes before Lent
The once multi-day celebration is now limited to Shrove Sunday. In Norway today, dishes and rice are reminiscent of ancient traditions.
Shrovetide cakes probably originated from Germany, in the 17th century, and have a background in that she wanted to fatten them up in the days before Lent. In Norway, we’ve known Shrovetide cakes with cream and jam since the beginning of the last century, Nordbo says.
Baking Day 2: Blue Monday Hot Wallpaper
In western Norway, it is common practice to celebrate Blue Monday, the day after Shrove Sunday, by eating hot walls. This was a more sedate day, as the remnants of the previous day were used up.
Thermal walls are wheat cakes, preferably from Shrovetide, placed in a bowl and covered with warm boiled milk with butter, sugar and cinnamon. The bowl is eaten with a spoon, as it is diluted with warm milk, says Torun Nordbo.
Baking Day 3: Pancake Day as tip left
The Tuesday after Morph Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, is celebrated across the country in the traditional way as Pancake Day.
Fat Tuesday was the last day before Lent, and they wanted to cut out all fresh foods like milk, eggs, and butter. Does it sound familiar? It is among the main ingredients when making pancakes.
5 tips for baking with kids
Torun Nordbo, as a mother and grandmother, has a lot of experience baking with the help of young helpers. Here are the top five tips for taking your kids into baking activities.
1. Good planning
It’s always a good idea to plan when to bake or cook, but it’s even more important for kids to do the baking. The drop would double if there were kids with high expectations for baking that they had to interrupt along the way. Make sure you have everything at home before baking
Make enough time
Make sure you are not in a rush, this acidifies the atmosphere. It may be an advantage that the recipe or procedure is what you know.
Predictions are important to clarify. What are the expectations of children, and what do you have? You know your child in terms of age, maturity and temperament, but also what limits can be stretched in mastery and learning. What can you do together? And what can a child do by himself?
4. Incorporating good habits
When baking with your children, they will learn a lot more than “just” baking. This applies first and foremost to hygiene, by washing hands before baking and during baking.
Your child will also learn more about raw materials and products. It is also important to get children involved in cleaning and washing after they are done baking.
5. Encouraging cooperation
When it comes to putting dough, kneading, shaping and baking, what can you do together? What tasks can a child master, and what can a child help him? Often doing it yourself is easier – but try to resist the urge to fix it for the child.
Winter Holiday Cake Recipe Suggestions
Here are many tempting recipes to choose from:
The classic is the traditional Shrovetide cake with cream.
The small bowls for little hands are very suitable for little hands.
Heart cakes with cream and berries are perfect if the children want to give away the cake as a gift.
Semlor is the sweet brother alternative to Shrovetide cakes. The Swedes fill semolina with a delicious macaroon filling and cream, then sprinkle icing sugar over the bowls.
Shrovetide coarse buns with cream cheese and fresh berries are a slightly healthier alternative.
Pancakes for dinner or on a trip
Pancakes are the favorite dinner of every child, and they can be varied in several ways:
Colorful breakfast pancakes
Mini breakfast pancakes
Tourist pancakes are highly packed lunches. Pour into a plastic bottle, roast on the fire and serve fresh with jam. Who doesn’t love her?