There's no better time than during National Baking Week to set yourself a baking challenge and spend some Homemade Family Time with friends and family, no matter what your level of ability.
Here's some tasty baking delights to give you all the inspiration you and your family need to get in the kitchen! https://www.nationalbakingweek.co.uk/recipes
And if you're still not convinced here’s 5 great reasons why baking at home has other benefits than just eating the tasty creations!
1. COOKING IS MEDITATIVE
Any activity which takes your whole attention – especially if it's simple and repetitive – can have a calming, meditative quality. The process of weighing out butter and sugar, whisking eggs, beating and folding creates space in the mind, and eases negative thinking processes.
2. BAKING STIMULATES THE SENSES
The feel of the flour, the sound of the blender, and of course the smell of the delectable final product – all these experiences stimulate the senses, which in turn increases feel-good endorphins.
3. NOURISHING ACTIVITIES FEEL GOOD
Baking, and any sort of cooking or food preparation – is ultimately about nourishing ourselves and others. To internalise this benefit, make an effort to bring your whole awareness to the healthy ingredients and love that go into your baked goodies.
4. BAKING IS CREATIVE
Psychologists have found a strong connection between creative expression and overall well being – so experiment with that recipe if you dare, and make that frosting the prettiest it can be.
5. MAKE OTHER PEOPLE HAPPY
One of the best things about baking is that you can give away your creations and make other people feel happy – which in turn puts a smile on your dial. It's a win-win!