I returned from the Home Baking Association’s Annual Conference in La Jolla, California this week bearing gifts from the HBA for my children: samples of California Raisins and the book Baking with Friends; Recipes, Tips and Fun Facts for Teaching Kids to Bake.
We began at the beginning with Designer Oatmeal Cookies, incorporating some of those delicious raisins. My five-year-old, Brad, couldn’t contain his enthusiasm, “Oh, raisins are my favorite!” he exclaimed. It’s music to a mother’s ears to hear her child eager to eat whole foods, such as raisins, oats and nuts.
The recipe was easy to follow and allowed Brad to be an active participant in the process. We took turns scooping dough onto the cookie sheet, set the timer and waited — not very patiently, I’ll admit. What a joy to follow a recipe that’s been tested and turns out the first time!
I can’t wait to try more recipes from Baking with Friends. Thanks, Home Baking Association!
By Pamela Ellgen
Pamela Ellgen is an award-winning journalist and certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She graduated with a B.A. from Washington State University where she studied writing. Ellgen is the author of the family cookbook, Modern Family Table.