For two years, because of the pandemic, students and adults have had to spend long hours in front of digital screens. It affected everyone both physically and mentally. An easy way to beat that is to choose a screen-free activity that’s relaxing, rewarding, and can be squeezed in between online work to break up the monotony. Baking is perfect!
Baking is a cooking technique that primarily uses dry heat, while most countertop cooking uses moist heat. Dry heat cooking involves very high temperatures. Moist heat cooking occurs at much lower temperatures. In dry heat cooking, heat is transferred to the food without using additional moisture, while moist heat cooking uses moisture from water or milk in the dish. But in common vocabulary, the term cooking is used for any moist heat cooking. Bake, roast, broil, broil are special terms used for the various dry heat cooking methods.
In our culinary tradition, regular meals are cooked on the stove and are generally considered a chore. Baking, on the other hand, is seen as more fun than traditional cooking! For children, the advantage is that unlike cooking on the counter, cooking in the oven involves no action to be taken when the fire is on. Cooking is therefore safe even for pre-teens. Simple cooking only requires one bowl to mix the ingredients, so kitchen cleanup is much simpler.
The cooking process also feels like a science experiment. Children should stay focused on the job and follow the procedures to the letter. Ingredients should be added carefully by measuring or weighing. The cooking temperature and time must be strictly observed. All ingredients must be lined up before you begin and mixed in the correct order. Once the mixture is ready, all that remains is to set the temperature and timer and place the dish in a preheated oven. At the end of the allotted time, a delicious perfume will escape from the kitchen to announce that the dish is finished.
If you have a baker at home, all the necessary appliances will be readily available. Otherwise, it never hurts to invest in some basic items like a simple oven, scale, measuring spoons, baking dishes and parchment paper. As for recipes, you will find dozens of them through online research. And once you understand, you can get creative and come up with new recipes.
(During the pandemic, many kids have fallen down a digital rabbit hole. But hobbies can help a child’s holistic development. To that end, DH’s monthly series “Creative Minds” will introduce your kids to new hobbies they can explore and pursue. .)