Christmas baking suggestions for the whole family
It’s only a few weeks until the holiday season kicks off in earnest and we all get some much-needed time with friends and family. Here at Dalman, our team loves the festive season and the opportunity to combine food with our scale range is one not to be missed. We have shared some ideas for holiday baking below, whether it is simple baking with the kids, making festive home-made gifts or the traditional Christmas cake bake.
Baking with the kids this Winter
For those with young children, practising baking in the kitchen can be a great way to tempt them away from their screens and spend some focused time together. It’s also a fun learning exercise as they get a chance to weigh and measure ingredients, not to mention taste their creations. There are many fun simple recipes for younger children and the older ones might like something more challenging like a gingerbread house. Pinterest is a treasure trove of ideas and suggestions such as snow-man cupcakes with marshmallows for the snow man’s body. Alternatively, you could go more traditional and make spiced biscuits with cookie cutter shapes and then decorate them with white icing. Get your kids to help with writing out a list of ingredients and then take them through step-by-step measuring out the ingredients and following instructions. You will even find that they enjoy the washing up, so fill the basin up with suds and step back, it’s a lovely way for you both to have fun together, plus you get to taste the goodies too!
Treat your hosts to some home-baked delights
With sustainability and less waste continuing to be a big trend this winter, you could make edible gifts this year rather than purchasing more stuff that people don’t need. The next time you are invited round for festive drinks, impress your hosts with some home-made truffles, perhaps even laced with a little something stronger. The craze for gin and tonic isn’t going away so why not make some gin and tonic truffles? Be sure to weigh out all your ingredients accurately so that the alcohol content is enough to give a little kick but not completely overwhelm the flavour.
Traditional Christmas? There is still time to get baking that cake
For the traditionalists, there is still time to make a fruity Christmas cake that can be fed with sherry, brandy or whisky for the next few weeks for a treat on the day or after the 25th. Often a family recipe handed down through the generations; a classic Christmas cake is rich in mixed dried fruit and gorgeous dark brown sugar made ahead of time (usually around Halloween for the organised types!). The cake usually takes around 3-4 hours to bake and can then be finished off when the holidays start with marzipan and icing. It’s a long ingredient list and our On Balance kitchen bowl scale is ideal for weighing and measuring.
Kitchen scales to suit all your baking needs
We have a range of kitchen scales that can suit your needs no matter what kind of baking you are planning to undertake. We recommend that whichever scale you do choose, you look for a high-quality digital scale. Baking is more of a science than traditional home cooking so it’s important that when you are weighing ingredients that your measurements are precise to the needs of the recipe. A clear bright easy read screen is also useful. Some of our scales also come with a separate measuring bowl which can be stored with the scale and is a great space saver. All of our scales are backed by a ten-year warranty. You can order your digital scales direct from us here!