How are your scones? Can you rustle up a batch without too much thought? Do they rise perfectly and are they light and fluffy? Or are you like me and pop down to your nearest supermarket to pick up a pack? All that has changed for me since joining Carrick Knowe Church as Children and Families worker. How, I hear you ask?
Over the past four years, the In It Together Project at Carrick Knowe Church, funded mainly by Go For It grants, has been running activities for children from the community. A cooking with kids group successfully worked with ten families, teaching simple healthy recipes. When I came on board with the project, it was time to make a little change and the focus moved to traditional baking……….Ready, Steady, Bake was born!
First to find the recipe for the perfect scone. The congregation were consulted and a variety of recipes shared. Cherry and coconut scones, simple but delicious and scones made with lemonade, surprisingly tasty! However, for our first bake, the age old Bero recipe was followed and the advice from an award winning scone maker, accepted! The resulting scones were delicious and children and adults attending managed to eat all the demonstration scones and take home a healthy batch. And of course, the big question on everyone’s lips as they left………what will we bake next?
We have baked more scones, pizza, Irish soda bread, rock buns, shortbread, chocolate truffles and lace biscuits. The numbers of bakers varied from 14 to 40 (we managed to get 26 rounds of shortbread into the oven in one go!) and children and adults all enthusiastically took away recipes to try out for themselves.
What was the biggest challenge? The time when the baking was in the oven! The adults tackled the clearing up and it fell to me to keep the children busy. Week by week, I planned an activity to involve all the highly excited children! This ranged from story telling sessions, to parachute games, to a mini assault course around the hall, sack and egg and spoon races and tag! The afternoon ended with the awarding of the certificate and whisk to the Baker of the Week. (The adults were often more excited about this than the children.) Everyone headed home tired but excited that they had created a tasty treat!
Ready Steady Bake is an activity for the community, which has no charge, brings families together and is based in the Church building. Families who may never have attended the church have come along and found us to be a welcoming and friendly place and any have come to other activities that I run.
What next? Cookies, muffins and pancakes are all on the menu as we prepare the next stage of our In It Together Project with the support of a Go For It Main Grant.
Elinor is the Children’s and Families Worker at the Carrick Knowe Parish Church – In It Together project. The project, based in Edinburgh, is receiving a Go For It Main Grant to provide affordable family activities for those with young children.
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