5 School holiday baking ideas

This week is our first week of ‘proper’ School holidays. And by ‘proper’ I mean that we are home, no one around, hanging out in pyjamas and just being. Read also: bored kids, lots of screaming and desperately looking for ways to entertain and feed my children who apparently have the magical ability of being hungry 3.4 seconds after I have fed them. Here are some ideas for feeding AND entertaining children if you are happy enough for them to get involved.

Banana Bread


Cinnamon Tea Cake


Date Loaf




Apple & Rhubarb Crumble



Happy Cooking! May the force (and gin) be with you this week!


  1. Jane Frosh says

    banana bread in the oven as we speak! Trying to work from home with 3 kids around is turning me into a mental person! XX

    • BabyMacBlogBeth says

      So I realising this morning as I try to work and be a Mum. IMPOSSIBLE. And my voice is hoarse from the screeching (all by me of course).

  2. Luisa Munoz says

    Beth! Love all the recipes. My 2 year old has just started to help me bake, we bought him a little chefs outfit too as my husband is a chef and dad is he hero of the house! Except when it comes to egg cracking – I have no choice but to let him crack 5 eggs into the mix, otherwise there will be tears! Nonetheless looking forward to trying that banana cake. Xx

  3. Cracker recipes, even for those of us without kiddos.
    Hey if you ever feel like a change from banana bread, Chantelle’s Banana Cake recipe is a CRACKER! I’ve made it two weekends running x

    • BabyMacBlogBeth says

      Yum! Thanks for the reminder…I remember thinking at the time I needed to make this, now I REALLY do!

  4. Alli @ ducks on the dam says

    Love the banana bread scoffing photo

  5. Reannon Hope says

    I lasted exactly half a day of school holidays before losing my shit & banning all computer games. I am an idiot! Last night I told them if they cleaned the kitchen & done the laundry while I fed the baby they could have them back- WINNER! It’s going to be a loooooong holiday…..maybe next time they become vile fighting machines I will send them to the kitchen to bake a date loaf as I’m pretty sure they won’t like it but I’ll love it 😉

    • BabyMacBlogBeth says

      Oh good luck! Patience (mine) is at an all time low today for some reason x

      • ahoy.jenni says

        I’ll make you both feel better. A friend lost it in the park on Sunday, screamed her head off at her kid in the middle of the busy park! It was not pretty!!

  6. Lisa Mckenzie says

    Yes I remember those days banana bread is still on high rotation as is pikelets and Date loaf one of my faves along with sticky date slice,Take the girls outside on the lawn and have a picnic they will love it and you can sit in the sun 🙂

  7. elisha hayes says

    Aggghhh the gin is under the kitchen sink! Bless!

  8. ahoy.jenni says

    Prefer a Dark and Stormy in winter, hits the spot and warms it better than gin.
    I love school holidays because there are no lunch boxes to fill….thanks for recipes but we have to be gluten free so I am experimenting with coconut flour…Made a cake the other day and it needed 10 eggs!

  9. MotherDownUnder says

    Yum! I wish I had any of those things to eat right now!

  10. Fantastic ideas! I love cooking with my kiddo on the holidays. Actually, the holidays as a whole C:

  11. Michelle Rees says

    I have a random question. Did you grow your own rhubarb and if yes, when do you know its ready to go. Some say rhubarb is a two year crop, but I really cant wait that long, and it seems like a lot of effort to grow for that. The stalks are getting a lovely rosy glow, and are quite thick.
    Hoping you could help.

  12. Emily Morgan says

    awesome recipe ideas – fantastic!

  13. I fancy me some Date Loaf…

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