Ms. Bettina Carlos recently conducted four baking workshops for parents and kids entitled “Baking with Gummy and Mummy Bites”. The workshops were held last February 20, 27, March 12 and 19. Ms. Bettina a.k.a. Mummy Bites together with her cute 5-year-old daughter Amanda Lucia a.k.a. Gummy Bites taught parents and their kids the basics of baking by showing and baking the “Four Family Favorites” recipes.
When I learned of Ms. Bettina’s post on her Instagram, I immediately inquired and reserved a slot as early as January. Yes, I’m that excited.
Though excited, I hesitated for a moment because of my son who is too hyperactive and playful… to the nth power. We might not be able to finish a recipe, or even start one! The workshop is for 3 to 7 year-old kids. My son’s not even 3! But a workshop like this where parent and child can have fun together and be held near our house is hard to come by.
Though my son likes ball games, he also takes interest in baking and cooking. While playing, he would remove his shorts and ask me to put it on his head. He will then borrow my baking tools and ask for his Play-Doh (for the dough) and pretend the cabinet to be an oven.
Why so clever?
Oh, did you know that since he started walking and find his way around, I would always find my baking tools beside me when I wake up in the morning?
So I asked Ms. Bettina regarding age limit and surprisingly we were allowed to join. I reserved the last slot (March 19). At least my son will be 2.8 years old by that time.
Mummy Bites with her little sidekick Gummy Bites… and my curious Froggy Frog Frog.
I wasn’t able to take photos of Mummy and Gummy Bites holding their hand-drawn visual boards because I have to constantly watch over my son who was, well, busy toying with the window blinds.
Kids can’t wait to bake!
See how spacious and clean the kitchen is? The place is just right for 10 pairs of participants. There are (four, i think) large sinks where you can wash your hands and utensils, big refrigerator to chill your dough, a microwave oven and two convection ovens.
There were also enough baking tools, utensils and ingredients for everyone. No need to worry about anything. Just focus on your task and have fun!
I like how the ingredients and tools for each recipe were grouped and organized. It was quite helpful for beginners especially when they have four recipes to tackle while supervising their kids.
Time for chocolate chip cookies! Everyone was so excited for this. You can hear “Yay!” everywhere ?
Yael (with Daddy) finally got his hands on the baking tools. Having fun huh?
Mixing the banana bread batter. Wait until you smell it from the oven. Hmmmm…
Ms. Bettina was very kind to answer our questions. Humbly answered our questions and helped us as much as she can. She coached us and checked on our progress from time to time. Her co-instructor Mummy Angela was very helpful too. She would always approach us and ask if we need something. Both were very approachable.
Ms. Bettina was working hard too. We know she’s tired from organizing, etc. and yet she still can be seen enjoying what she was doing.
Mummy Bites in action…
So many baby wipes! ?
Mummy Bites prepping the baked goods for us.
When someone’s busy eating brownies while everyone’s busy making brownies
I remember the baking session I’ve attended before. There were 25 participants including me divided into five groups. I didn’t have any baking experience at the time so I felt very uncomfortable. We were also given four recipes to work with but all I could do was roll five bread dough in my hands, squeeze 10 pâte à choux on the baking tray and watch over my group’s dough in the oven that I don’t even know how to operate. That’s what happens when five people are working on a single recipe. I went home more confused than enlightened. I could not even discern how the bread came to be out of the recipe. I told myself it’s not worth my time and money. #IShouldHaveWatchedYouTubeInstead.
Did I mention that they ran out of space so we were assigned to work in a smelly butchery room?
What I liked most in this baking session was that each parent-child pair has their own set of ingredients to work on. Parents (especially beginners) will be able to learn more and the kids will definitely enjoy more.
And of course, you can bring home the recipe printouts and all the yummy goodies you worked hard to bake. Hooray!
My Froggy Frog Frog watching over his Banana Bread and Fudgy Brownies
We’re not ready for this ?
Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies!
Cooling the Red Velvet Cupcakes
Well done kids! ?
Mommy finishes the job as expected
The kids went crazy after eating. Sugar rush!
Aside from the yummy takeaways, we also got a polaroid photo souvenir taken by Ms. Bettina (turned photographer) with a cute backdrop made by Apang Florescio.
More souvenir photos with Mummy Bites…
These cute twin aprons (by Mirrage Enterprise) were also provided.
Time for the certificates ?
This post was suppose to be “How To Survive A Baking Session With A Hyper Kid” but I dismissed the idea because we pretty much survived the day. So, yeah. Wohoo!
The day was tiring yet we had lots of fun! Aside from learning how to make the “Four Family Favorites” recipes, we also got to learn so many tips and tricks from Mummy Bettina.
Allow me to rack my brains and see if I can still remember those tricks. I was multi-tasking that time — chasing my son around the kitchen while listening to Ms. Bettina.
Hmmm… Let’s see…
- What are the advantages of using food scale when measuring ingredients (On point. One of my best practices in baking)
- How does brown sugar affect your baked goods? (A Pro-brown sugar myself, i fully appreciate the benefits. I use pure brown sugar on my desserts like this one and this one)
- Alternate way to mix your batter to avoid dry ingredients blowing up to your face
- Shortening vs. Butter
- What type of banana is best for banana breads
- The secret ingredient to Mummy Bites’ moist Banana Bread
- The secret ingredient to Mummy Bettina’s Red Velvet Cupcake
- The secret ingredient to Mummy Bettina’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies (why so many secrets!?)
I will not spoil them here. But I would probably write another posts about the tips I am currently using. The rest is for you to find out. *wink*
#BakingWithGummyBites Batch 4. Congratulations! ?
I heard that Ms. Bettina will conduct new sessions but for teens and adults this time. If you’re interested to know Mummy Bite’s tips, tricks and secrets while having fun, you may follow her (@abettinacarlos) or search for the hashtag #BakingWithGummyBites on Instagram for updates.
To Mummy Bites, thank you so much for sharing your time, knowledge and ENERGY with us. You’re such an amazing and inspiring woman. More power to you. Regards to Gummy Bites.
Did you count how many times I’ve said the word “excited”? That’s how baking is. Exciting!