It’s Friday and that means another foodie recipe is up! We recently received a super fun hamper with the ingredients to make these delicious Butternut Squash muffins. Jamie Oliver is cooking alongside well known Moshi Monster Furi in the hope to inspire budding young bakers/chefs to get in the kitchen! Jamie Oliver is one of my favourite chef’s and I love that he wants to get more kids in the kitchen learning how to cook. You all know I love having Amelia in the kitchen helping me out and love her assisting with baking.
Today I’m going to share with you our experience baking in the kitchen and show you the fun video with Jamie and the Moshi Monsters with the recipe over on Jamies FoodTube. Amelia loved watching the video whilst we were baking, the recipe was really easy to follow and not something I personally would have thought to bake but they turned out so great!
I think it’s never to young to get toddlers/children in the kitchen it’s a great way to learn in a different environment. Cooking and baking can open up lots of learning opportunities; counting cake cases, looking at colours, weighing ingredients, time management, talking about different ingredients and where they have come from and food hygiene.
These muffins contain Butternut Squash, walnuts a hint of cinnamon and are topped with a lemon and berry icing!
Baking with Amelia is always easier if I’ve done the bits she can’t help out with first; getting the ingredients ready and in this case chopping the Buttnernut Squash. Everything else Amelia helps out with or I talk her through what I’m doing.
Amelia loves chooses which muffin cases we are going to use and popping them into the tray. Turning the mixer up has to be her favourite job and peeping into the top to see it whirling round. Amelia is getting better at spooning mixture into the cases without getting it absolutely everywhere but she can’t quite help herself from tasting some of the mix!
We set the timer and Amelia disappeared once it was clean up time. As she gets older I definitely want to get her helping up with the clean up after all she’s the one who makes the most mess. The muffins came out really well and I think they would look great without any topping. As you can see Amelia was giving them a good smell/lick to check they were done (sorry if you got that one Mum!!)
Once they had fully cooled and I had made the topping I got Amelia back out to decorate how she pleased. In the video Jamie Oliver decorates his looking “rustic” and I hope ours followed suit. Some we left plain, some with strawberries mashed in and some with just a strawberry on top. Once I showed Amelia to put the spoon in the topping then on top of the muffin she kept saying “more” “more” each time she was ready for the next one.
The finished product…thanks Jamie and Furi!!!
Amelia loved them! She actually munched down about 3/4 of a muffin right before her dinner!
I think getting different people and well known characters involved and cooking with Jamie on his youtube channel Food Tube is a really brilliant idea. Furi is just one of the latest guests stars as the chef regularly welcomes YouTubers and chefs to join him in the kitchen. I think for children seeing a recognisable face is something that would definitely spur them on to get cooking/baking. With expert tutorials, easy to follow recipes and good food Jamie is hoping to excite a new generation of chefs to creative in the kitchen.
We definitely thought the Youtube recipe tutorial was easy to follow so go get your ingredients and take a look at the video yourself and get baking with your toddlers/children!
We loved our muffins and it is definitely a recipe I will be trying again!
Thanks for reading!xx