Meet Leslie Muir, author of “Little Bitty Bakery”

  • I LOVE the book, The Little Bitty Bakery. I decided to contact Leslie Muir and ask her some questions that I had regarding her love for sweets and the secret behind Crumble Jumble Cake. I was very confident that she would give my readers some helpful input on getting kids more involved in the kitchen.

Check out my recent post of Little Bitty Bakery here.

1. What inspired you to write Little Bitty Bakery?
I adore bakeries, especially French ones. I also love moonlight and the idea of mysterious goings-on. I figured kids would too. So I combined these things into a little story along with a quintet of mice, a hard working chef and a surprise birthday cake. Voila!

2. Based on your writing, you seem to have a lot of experience in the kitchen. What is your background in baking?

Believe it or not, I do not bake sweets too often. I tend to be more of a bread baker. I love to whip up a few crusty loaves when I have the time–though my sons butter them up and gobble them down as soon as they leave the oven.

3. Do you have any helpful tips for parents on getting their children more involved in the kitchen?

Because cooking is naturally interactive and children are always hankering to help, the two go together like peas and carrots. There are so many simple tasks to give a child during the cooking process:  scooping, measuring, pouring, kneading, stirring…the list goes on. When my boys were little, I loved to let them help me cook and never stressed about messes. The kitchen was usually a chocolate-covered disaster when we finished, but it was so worth it. Many of my fondest memories took place in a warm, fragrant kitchen with my mom and grandmother, all of us working side by side to create something wonderful. I hope my kids will have similar memories of cooking with me in our kitchen.
4. What is your story behind Crumble Jumble Cake?

The idea for the Crumble Jumble Cake emerged as I was concocting the story. I was trying to imagine what sort of birthday cake a wily bunch of mice would conjure up if they had the run of a moonlit bakery. A very teetery-tottery cake comprised of a jumble of bits and crumbles was what I came up with.
5. What is your favorite dessert?
My guilty pleasure is crème brûlée. On the flip side, I also love a rustic berry or apple cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, especially this time of year.

About Leslie Muir

Leslie is a writer, artist and poet. She has written the following books: The Little Bitty Bakery, Barry B. Wary, Gibbus Moony, and C.R. Mudgeon.

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