Children taught the joys of baking

PUBLISHED: 11:16 17 December 2014

Sarah Lewington and Charlotte Oliver helping Faith and Elicia with their gingerbread house creations.

Sarah Lewington and Charlotte Oliver helping Faith and Elicia with their gingerbread house creations.

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WITH popular television shows like the Great British Bake Off, there has never been a better time to get into baking.

Thomas, Helena and Rosie with their gingerbread houses.Thomas, Helena and Rosie with their gingerbread houses.

But it is not just an activity for adults to enjoy, and children benefit from learning to make cakes, biscuits and pastries just as much.

Charlotte Oliver, who runs Charlotte’s Tearoom in Winscombe, opened her doors to children this weekend to make gingerbread houses.

She created the event primarily to get children into the kitchen.

She said: “I really want to get children back into baking.

“I’m self-taught and never learned to cook at school.

“I don’t know what they do in school these days, but a lot of people leave home and don’t know how to cook.

“I’m not a great believer in shop-bought goods and I think we should make things ourselves.

“It tastes better than shop-bought goods and it’s fun to do.”

The youngsters and their parents all took part in the sessions and decorated the houses themselves.

Charlotte said: “It went really well and everyone went home with completed houses.

“Everyone really enjoyed it, and it was really messy and fun.

“When the houses were drying, a lot of the children went to play and the parents were there icing little details on the houses, so everyone got involved.”

Charlotte said she hoped the event would be the first of many.

For YouTube food blogger Barry Lewis from Worle, ever since he learned to cook, his children have been joining in.

He only began cooking a few years ago, but his children Phoebe and Chloe both regularly join him in the kitchen.

He said: “Cooking brought us closer together (as a family).

“For me, one of the best things is it is not just fun for kids, but it’s also making memories and life skills.

“The best part of being in the kitchen is not being intimidated and getting stuck in, and Phoebe comes up with ideas herself now.”

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