Making bread and Messy Me
Recently Emily has become quite taken with “helping” me cook. She enjoys being sat up on the worktop identifying the vegetables that I am chopping, asking questions and swiping the odd slice of carrot or courgette to munch on whilst she watches. She likes to to hold her and let her peer into saucepans or mix ingredients together in bowls. As I had made some butternut squash soup for one lunchtime, I thought Emily might like to have a go at making some bread rolls to go with it. We had been sent an apron from Messy Me, so I let Emily put it to the test.
The apron has a pretty floral pattern on it which Emily loved. It is made from oil cloth, but unlike other that I have had experience with, the oil cloth from Messy Me doesn’t have that “chemically” smell on it. It is reassuring to know that their oil cloth is phthalate-free and doesn’t contain harmful chemicals. The material is really soft for oil cloth, and has a glossy, stain-resistant surface which easily wipes clean. The only slightly annoying thing about the apron is that the strap that goes over the head is a bit longer than it needs to be for my almost-3 year old, and I would have liked to have been able to adjust this. However, once Emily had got it on, she didn’t want to take it off!
I decided to keep the bread making simple and just buy a packet to which we added warm water. Emily poured the mix into the bowl whilst I measured out the warm water and added this in.
After we had taken it in turns mixing – Emily starting off, and then myself finishing off combining the last few bits, we then tipped it out onto a floured work surface and Emily set to work kneading. I showed her what to do and she very quickly got stuck in and did not want any help with this at all!
She loved the sensation of the dough between her fingers and was fascinated by the bits of it that got stuck onto her fingers. This is the child who, about a year ago hated getting her hands dirty. Now, she can’t get enough of it!
Emily shaped the dough into roundish-shaped rolls and we left them to rise. I picked her up to enable her to see her rolls in the ovens a couple of times, and she warned me that the oven was hot and not to touch! She was really proud of her finished bread. They may not have been the prettiest bread rolls, but they weren’t too bad for the first attempt by a 2-year old!
Emily, Freyja and I all enjoyed the rolls with our soup. The girls particularly enjoyed “dunking” their rolls into the soup.
The Messy Me apron protected Emily’s clothes really well during baking. I should have probably got her to wear it whilst she ate, as she got herself covered in soup!
Emily loves her Messy Me apron, and it will get used a lot more in the future for more baking and crafts. I was impressed by the quality of the oil cloth, and I wouldn’t hesitate to have bought their bibs, highchair covers and splashmat if I were weaning a child.
Disclaimer: We were sent the Messy Me apron for review, but as always all thoughts and opinions are my own