It’s Friday and that means Bakerman day at the kids new school. Just 2 weeks in to school, it was Paige’s turn to be Bakerman and I had no idea what to make.
The next week was Ethan’s turn – well it was supposed to be – but being the newbie that I was, I didn’t read his homework book properly and didn’t get the message. So the week after that, was Ethan’s turn again – oops!
If you are wondering what Bakerman is (also known as Baker Baker), every week a child is responsible for bringing to school and selling a homemade treat to their classmates for fundraising.
After an unsuccessful Google and Pinterest search, I decided to stick with making easy and traditional South African treats. If you are like me and wondering what to make for Bakerman, please keep reading for my tried and tested suggestions and simple ideas for packaging.
Top of my list of SA favourites are crunchies, marie biscuit chocolate squares, and good old simple biscuits.
I phoned my mom for the crunchie recipe and she knew it by heart, after years of making them almost weekly. Just like my mom used to do for us, I drizzled icing sugar mixed with a little hot water over the crunchies once cooled. Mix some cocoa with the icing sugar for a chocolate version and better yet, drizzle both white and chocolate icing in layers.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 250g butter
- 2 Tbsp syrup
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- Melt the syrup and butter together over a low heat.
- Mix dry ingredients together.
- Add the syrup mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Press into a well greased baking tray.
- Bake at 180°C for 20 minutes until golden brown.
- Cut while soft and allow to cool on a wire rack.
- Once cool, drizzle with icing sugar (optional)
These chocolate Marie Biscuit squares are so easy to make and super yummy too.
- 250g butter
- 500g icing sugar
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1 packet Marie Biscuits, broken into pieces
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- Melt the butter in a large pot, over medium heat.
- Remove from heat and stir in icing sugar and cocoa.
- Once cooled slightly, stir in beaten egg.
- Add the biscuits and stir until completed mixed.
- Grease and line a baking pan. Pour the mixture into the pan and flatten to desired thickness with a wooden spoon or spatula.
- Cut into squares and store in a container, preferably in the refrigerator.
I used a packet mix for my biscuits (nothing wrong with making it quicker and easier) and added some coconut for taste. Use any simple cookie recipe you like or packet mix.
For decoration, use cookie cutters to make fun shapes and push a chocolate Smartie in the middle before baking.
Last Minute Bakerman Ideas
If work has gotten crazy or you forgot it was your turn for Bakerman (hey it happens!) and you have 15 minutes to make something, how about try these ideas:
- Small bag of sweeties
- Jam sandwiches cut into shapes with cookie cutters
More Baker Ideas
The kids will love whatever you make, and other ideas include:
- Mini cupcakes
- Gingerbread men
Since our Bakerman treats are usually sent home with the kids, I packaged the bakes separately for takeaway.
You can get creative with some easy ideas like clear sandwich bags tied closed with a colourful ribbon, white or brown packets stuck down with colourful stickers or heart shapes, or a CD envelope for giant biscuits (nice for older kids).
Do’s and Don’ts:
- Do get your kids involved in the baking if they can help.
- Do make the treats age appropriate.
- Don’t make it a competition with other parents.
- Don’t use nuts. Even if there are no known allergy sufferers in the class, rather avoid.
- Don’t use toothpicks and kebab sticks.Please share any of your Bakerman and school baking suggestions with me, I’m always looking for new ideas.
- Don’t make biscuits in shapes of cars. I did this once and the teacher did not appreciate it as the children used the biscuits as toys and raced them around the classroom making a terrible mess!