Baking with your kids is messy, time-consuming, patience-testing and as Catherine Fulvio says in the book’s foreward, creates some of the best memories and giggles you could share. The mums of one of Ireland’s most popular community websites, Mummy Pages, have joined forces, pooled resources and shared family secrets to create a baking book and are raising funds for great causes on the side. Wow-inspiring cakes, everyday treats, pies, tarts, cookies, biccies and my personal favourite, cake sale favourites are all in there. There’s a rainbow cake that will not only leave many adults agog but more importantly, the wee ones.
The front cover of Mum’s Baking Book alone will entice you to pick it up and get baking. In fact it makes you hungry. This Fraisier Cake from the cover is fantastic looking and for choccie lovers, the Malteser Chocolate Cake is another great reason to don a pinny. There are cakes to satisfy every mum’s baking ability and the taste buds of all little ones. The Fraisier Cake isn’t the only challenge for experienced bakers, the Raspberry and Chocolate Meringue, a variety of Tortes (a step up from the average tart) and a mouth-watering array of biscuits are also on offer. There are also great options for the adventurous baker too including Chocolate Beetroot Cake and Hazelnut and Praline Mousse Cake. Indeed, there are numerous options for the tight-on-time, keen-on-quality-time parents too.
What a difference a day makes! The mums of Mummy Pages baked for 12-hours straight in Dublin's Donnybrook Fair Cookery School as one by one their 50 plus recipes were photographed for the book.
Mum’s Baking Book is a beautifully put together hard back, which is not only wonderful to look at with an enticing full page image to accompany each recipe but the durable cover will ensure that it survives many a baking experience. Next time around – we could do with a little more spacing on the recipe page, to make everything read and slow a little easier in the kitchen. It’s great value for money and as MummyPages’ Sandra McKenna explains in the intro monies raised will go to her nephew who is suffering from a neuro-muscular disorder, Friedreich Ataxia and the second beneficiary is FARA (Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance). The only thing missing? Dads – they’re going to love this too.