Baking with a little Bear

Baking with a little Bear
2nd January 2019 shortandsmiley

I’ve been looking for fun things to do with my 18-month old recently – baking is great fun, and he’s now at the age I can do it with him! My mum gave me this great recipe that eschews high amounts of refined sugar – and it’s one that proved very popular with my little bear. I’m currently working on a story about it too, with three little characters called Ahhh, Giii and Beee – so you may well find there’s a story on it soon, too! In the meantime, feel free to enjoy this delicious cake:






  • 400g dried fruit (e.g. cherries, sultanas, currants, raisins etc.)
  • ½ lemon rind
  • 250ml water
  • 200g demerara sugar
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 250g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g honey
  • ½ tsp bicarb of soda
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar




Preheat your oven to 180°C.


  1. Cut the butter into small cubes and add with the fruit, sugar, water & honey. Heat through until all the butter has melted. Stir thoroughly and then leave to cool. This should take around 10 minutes. Beat the eggs, then add to the pan, along with the flour and bicarb of soda.
  2. Add grease proof paper to the bottom and edges of a 28cm tray before adding the mixture. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes – or until you can put a knife in, and it comes out clean.
  3. Allow the cake to  cool before Sprinkling the icing sugar on top.
  4. Cut into squares and enjoy!



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