This group came about because I love baking but when I had a baby I found I didn't have the time to dedicate to trying things as she was never asleep long enough, or I'd be afraid of getting stuck at a crucial burning moment.
The concept behind this group is for mums/dads/carers of babies and toddlers to meet up during a weekday and take it in turns to watch the kids while others bake, but for all to get involved in discussing techniques and recipes, plus we all get to try it at the end (and share in the tidying up)! We bake in pairs working through a recipe together and switching over at natural breaks. If your child needs you in that time, just switch out and in as needed! It couldn't be simpler. If you end up stuck and unable to bake all session, don't worry! At least you can socialise and then eat the goodies.
For the older children (around 18 months - 4 years) we have a kids' corner as well so they can do their own baking. If you are a member and have a friend or grandparent who would like to come along too, that's fine with us (More adults than children is always a plus!). We are fully mum-friendly with lots of parking, formula and breast-feeding positive, with plenty of space for the kids to run around.
Sessions are usually run on a Monday, Thursday or Friday morning with a Saturday session every 2-3 months. Sessions run from 9:30am-1pm. Feel free to bring lunch with you. We are based in Hinchley Wood, Esher. If you are happy to host at yours please volunteer! We unfortunately need to limit sessions to 4-8 people depending on location (usually 6 if at mine) as otherwise we run out of space but if there are enough people on a waiting list, we will run it again for those who missed out.
So far we've done Macarons, swiss rolls, rainbow cakes, millionaire shortbread, cakepops, batternburg cake, cupcakes, marzipan, fudge and so much more. We're happy to repeat these if there is enough interest. Cost of ingredients and energy is shared amongst those who come along, at usually £3 per adult, but bought by the host initially to ensure we have everything we need. Kids' Corner costs £2 per child. You tell us in your RSVP if your child might want to bake so we have enough ingredients.
It is important that any children present at a Meetup are supervised and accompanied by a parent or guardian. Members who are inactive (not visiting the page) for a year will be automatically removed but are welcome to rejoin at any time.
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