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Home Baking with Baker Poppy & Chef Beatrix

Home Baking with Baker Poppy & Chef Beatrix


Week 4 of the Duck Diaries and the Ducks bake their favourite Chocolate Chick Cookies. But with baking supplies running low, Baker Duckling Poppy and Chef Duckling Beatrix have to be a little bit creative with the ingredients…

Home baking used to be part of daily life for the flock. But these days, many of the grown ducks have jobs that take them away from home. There’s hardly ever enough time for our lawyer ducks, pirates or footballers to bake fresh bread, cakes or biscuits!

So, one of the few consolations of the lockdown has been that the ducks have had time to get their aprons on, their pantries cleared out and some tasty treats into the oven!

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Cookery and numeracy with Baker Duckling Poppy

Knead to relax

We’re told that baking bread is enormously therapeutic. That makes sense: the reassuring repetitive action; the wonderful feeling of silky soft dough; the satisfaction of making something that can sustain you and your loved ones; not to mention the delicious smell of warming bread wafting all the way through the nest to that first gorgeous taste of crunchy crust and chewy-in-a-good-way crumb. Yum.

But… things don’t aren’t always quite so relaxing when baking with little ones. Perhaps that’s why, after a couple of weeks of billowing flour, messy floors and sticky feathers, Mummy and Daddy Ducklet called in the professionals!

Baker Duckling Poppy got to work straight away. A whiz with kids, Poppy loved getting our master-chef engaged with the ingredients – and doing a bit of numeracy along the way!

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Chef Beatrix and Baker Poppy get cracking

A cookery lesson to remember

Having learned the basics with mum and dad, the Duckys were thrilled when culinary master, Chef Duckling Beatrix joined Poppy to teach a very special cookery class.

There’s only one treat that will delight all the flock at biscuit dunking time, and that’s Chocolate Chick Cookies!

But how do you make cookies when you’ve run out of sugar? Over to Beatrix.

Chocolate Chick Cookies Recipe (Quarantine edit)

Ingredients

  • 280g flour (Beatrix used bread flour – the only type left in the ducks’ pantry)
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 200g choc chips (Beatrix ran out and added some raisins – you could also add nuts)
  • 250ml golden syrup (in place of sugar)
  • 125g salted butter – melted

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180ºC. Line your baking trays with baking paper
  2. Mix the dry ingredients (except the choc chips/raisins)
  3. Add the wet ingredients and allow to cool
  4. Add the choc chips/raisins
  5. Drop spoonfuls on to the prepared trays
  6. Bake for 10-11 minutes and allow to cool on the tray before transferring to a cooling rack.
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Who left that window open?! The Garden Birds inspect the cookies

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