History and Traditions

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Baking at home is has deep roots in America. We had to bake for ourselves over history! In my 1906 Annie R. Gregory cookbook, she quotes Ruskin, exemplifying how we can grow to value “homemade” food traditions.

“To be a good cook means the economy of your great-grandmothers and the science of modern chemists. It means much tasting and no wasting. It means English thoroughness, French art and Arabian hospitality. It means, in fine, that you are to see that every one has something nice to eat.” 

 Step one: Choose to begin or continue to make baking a family tradition.

 Step two: See how kids of any age can help create baking traditions.

Want something simple?

 Step three: See what’s the latest in retro-tradition? Bundt Cakes! Try the 2017 Recipe of the Year and host a coffee, tea time or potluck.

Speaking of cookbooks… Build more traditions AND support baking education with Baking with Friends and The Cultured Chef found at HomeBaking.org

 

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Baking for My Valentine!

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This week we celebrate week two of Bake for Family Fun Month with “Baking for My Valentine” themed recipes and activities. People have long baked for the simple reason they want to do something special for those they love, and we’ve got them covered! Here are three great ideas to make your Valentine’s Day celebrations spectacular.

Idea 1: Visit Bake for Family Fun Valentine baking ideas at the Home Baking Association website for hundreds of ideas! Seriously, it’s Valentine’s Day Central with plenty to share.

Idea 2: Find baking tips and How-to-Bake videos
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Idea 3: Make a plan to mix and fix for someone special.

Only time to measure, not bake? Prep a DIY Cookie Mix in a Jar

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Bake for Family Fun Month

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Feb 1, 2017 – Families spending time together in the kitchen provides more than great eating! Whether it is measuring ingredients, mixing muffins, rolling dough for pizza or shaping cookies; time with children in the kitchen provides long lasting benefits. (Why Bake?) You wonder, where do I start? The Home Baking Association (HBA) has designated February as Bake for Family Fun Monthand has resources, recipes and activities to help families get started!

Parents should look no further than the Thrill of SkillThrill of Skill to help them determine age appropriate kitchen jobs beginning at age two. Ten Tips for Baking Success, Safe Kitchen Check List and Baking 101 Food Safety are free online resources at HomeBaking.org. Correct measuring techniques will help families be successful. Finding a task for each member of the family will keep everyone involved and share in the experience. Don’t forget while the recipe is baking families should do clean-up together.

Baking is an inexpensive family activity says Charlene Patton, Home Baking Association Executive Director. Benefits of baking include opportunities to use math, literacy, history, social studies, science and art. She suggests families visit HomeBaking.org to find recipes, family baking activities and resources to help families bake with children of all ages.

HBA features a weekly theme to help families plan recipes and activities during the month starting with Week One Let’s Get Started Baking”. Other upcoming themes include Baking for My Valentine”, Baking History and Traditionsand Baking for Others”. New features added online this year include special recipe substitutions, technique videos and step-by-step guides.

Baking together is a great opportunity to teach children kitchen skills and share family traditions. Make a treasured family recipes or create a new tradition. How about a make a bread dough and let everyone have fun shaping? The online Dough Sculpting Lesson is filled with tips for working with yeast dough as you shape alligators, turtles or bunnies. Remember whatever you bake be sure to take pictures that you can share and enjoy later.

HBA has many book and bake lessons! Pancakes, waffles, pizza, cookies… pick the lesson and while it is baking read a book and learn more about the ingredients or history of the recipe. Hundreds of ideas are included at HomeBaking.org with links to HBA members providing creative ways to help families have fun in the kitchen! Recipes, activities, experiments, book and bake lessons and videos are all part of Bake for Family Fun Month.

The Home Baking Association is a non-profit association with members dedicated to providing resources to encourage families to bake together. Be a part of the celebration and bake with your family during February and start a tradition for the year!

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Week One: Bake for Family Fun Month

Week 1: Let’s Get Started Baking

If you don’t bake, or teach baking, why get started?

Today my top three reasons to step into the kitchen and bake with family or children in our world include words-to-the-wise from child development professionals.

Baking builds STEAM at home You can model experimentation and apply science, tech, engineering, art, math PLUS culture, history and literacy, by baking.

Step 1: Science and math both require accurate measuring skills! Check this out!

Step 2: Conduct a measuring experiment at home, some additional kitchen science about yeast.
51whbyegzdl “Can-Do Kids”: Author Richard Rende, child development psychologist, explains, “Getting in the kitchen together contributes to raising confident, successful team-players. When children help create the meal, they get curious; they build cognitive and multi-sensory connections.”

 

Step 1: Post a skills check list for each person to see their skills and techniques grow.

Step 2: Groove your kitchen and baking food safety guidelines.

End picky, less-than-healthy expensive eating. Begin anytime, but especially young…age 2 or 3! Kids who help create what’s served up want to taste it! Stanford U. Professor Maya Adam, MD confirms, “What about adding value to your family’s day-to-day interaction by spending more time in the kitchen and involving the children whenever possible? Some parents are understandably worried, but the health risks of not teaching a kid to cook are far greater than giving them a sharp object!”

Step 1: Choose simple recipes, list ingredients, shop and get started.

Step 2: Everybody cleans up!

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Association Recognizes WI Educator

January 26, 2017 – Each year an outstanding baking educator is selected that has conducted an innovative programs that teaches kids to bake. The Home Baking Association (HBA) recognized Delaine Stendahl, Whitehall, WI with the 2016 Educator Award. Stendahl is a family & consumer sciences educator at Whitehall Memorial Schools in Whitehall, WI.

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Her winning lesson The Power of Eggs is used in a Food Science & Nutrition course for students in grades 9-12 and focuses on the use of eggs in baking and the multiple roles eggs play in food preparation. Students learn the scientific role of eggs in recipes. Stendahl will include The Power of Eggs lesson in a week-long culinary workshop she is conducting this summer for family and consumer sciences educators. HBA congratulates Stendahl and encourages educators to use the FREE lesson in classrooms or community program.

HBA is seeking entries for the 2017 award. Who’s eligible to enter? Anyone that teaches baking! Family & consumer sciences educators and leaders of community organizations and after-school programs are encouraged to share baking programs. Youth teaching other youth are also eligible. Entries may be classroom lessons, baking activities or projects that encourage children to bake.

HBA believes baking plays an important role in the development of healthy children. Skills are developed for do-it-yourself baking and as children grow, new skills are added to provide more baking opportunities. HBA is a nonprofit association and annually recognizes educators that implement outstanding, interdisciplinary baking education programs. Thirty-seven corporate and association members provide lessons, activities, test kitchen recipes and other resources.   For more information visit HomeBaking.org. Entry deadline is March 31.

For more information contact:

Charlene Patton, Executive Director, 785.478.3283

hbapatton@aol.com

 

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The Power of Eggs

eggs_blogEvery ingredient in baking packs its own unique power.   January is perfect to focus on the simple but powerful egg. Here to help is the 2016 Home Baking Association educator award winner, Delaine Stendahl. Her new lesson, The Power of Eggs, is now available online. In her award-winning lesson, bakers explore how eggs function to:

  1. Leaven, or add air spaces. Long before we had baking soda or powder we relied on beaten whole eggs or whites to add air to batter. Waffles and angel food cakes are perfect examples of beaten egg white foam used to leaven in recipes.
  2. Bind, or hold together ingredients when baked, like cracked wheat and lean beef meatballs, soft cookies, cake or muffins.
  3.  Coagulate and hold the shape and open texture of baked goods, like cream puffs and popovers. Meringue can stand alone when baked as a gluten-free cookie like the Forgotten Cookie (Baking with Friends, HomeBaking.org ) or topping a pie or even as a pie shell. My mother made meringue as a savory egg-in-a-nest entrée.
  4. Emulsify or hold together in suspension two ingredients that don’t like to mix, as liquid and fat in a pudding or a lemon curd .
  5. Provide smooth texture in the pound cake or egg-rich yeast breads, and Portuguese Sweet Bread.
  6. Add color and browning with egg as an ingredient or by using an egg wash brushed on the surface of breads just before baking. View How to Use an Egg Wash. Also, check out our Dough Sculpting 101 lesson–  Learn to egg wash, p. 3
  7. Nourish morning, noon, snacks or night. Eggs, at only 70 calories each, add 13 essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamins B12, D and E, choline, and iron, 6 grams protein, and minimal sodium and sugars.

The Power of Eggs as a baking ingredient is delivered via foods we love. Eggs are great to “use what we have on hand” for family meals, crepes, egg noodles, omelets, frittatas, make-ahead stratas, hard-cooked in sandwiches or tossed salads and for nutritious desserts like early colonial puddings , custards, and flan.

Want to learn more? Check out A Bakers Dozen DVD Lessons for Better Baking or A Bakers Dozen Lab Manual for more about eggs as the super baking ingredient.

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Don’t forget to enter YOUR great baking lesson. You may receive the 2017 Educator Award. Go to HomeBaking.org for more info.

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Top 10 List of “do-ables”

This year has dealt a tough hand on our pre-Holiday gift preparations. No doubt I’m not the only one pinched for time. With under 10 days until Christmas Day, I’m hoping friends and family will grant us the gift of the 12 days of Christmas!

My Top 10 list of “do-ables” includes:

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10: Order NOW gift bags and tags—large, medium and small. Stock up on cute jars for mixes and Sugar Scrubs.

9: Toast a boatload of nuts and seeds for maximum flavor in all things baked.

8: Bake biscotti in large quantities. Double Chocolate Pecan will be the flavor-of-2016 for all my hot beverage seeking friends and family.

7: Homemade Caramel Corn ‘n Nuts will be perfect to gift with a good book or movie. I’ll make two batches.

6: Choose from a wide array of options and prepare Sugar Scrub for those who apply their sugar rather than savoring it.

5: Friends living by their onesy love to savor the season. Prepare jars of DIY muffin-mix. Include a six-cup muffin tin and attach the stir-in options.

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4: Prepare homemade fruit syrups  AND vast quantities of homemade Pancake or Waffle Mix to divide among friends with children. Don’t be afraid to make the mix with half whole wheat flour!

3: These Make-It-Yours cookie options will delight. Draft a grocery list to have the options at-the-ready.

2: Gift fresh-baked Cheddar Casserole Bread. Add a mini-tub of homemade Southwest Butter

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1: While working on gifts 2 to 10, get your bread machine in gear– you’ll be ready when guests arrive with Fruit of the Vine Rosemary Olive Snack Bread.

More tips and recipes from Red Star Yeast

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