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April Baking News

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Last week someone we know because of early morning exercise brought a fresh-baked loaf of bread to our door. To complete the image, the living room had been converted for rehab for two of the three household members! He made life lighter with his house call and favorite whole wheat bread and recipe’s story.

Julie. R Thomson, Senior Editor, Taste, The Huffington Post provides a great benefit summary in her March 31, 2017, Psychologists Explain the Benefits of Baking for Other People. In interviews with a professor of psychology and brain science and a medical social worker and culinary art therapist, baking for yourself and others infuses self-expression, communication, mindfulness, stress reduction, increased happiness, and altruism.   Add our gratitude to this list, and the power to tackle what’s next is there.

What’s next could be World Health Day, April 7 or National Volunteer Week, April 23-29.   Quoting Muhammad Ali, Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”

 What could you do?

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Volunteer in a classroom or after school program to create a Portable Kitchen experience like Pumpkin Pancakes Book and Bake, Tortillas in a Bag or a Kids A Cooking recipe.

 

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Easiest Ever Easter Bunny Cake

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  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup Country Crock® Spread
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. Combine flour and baking powder in medium bowl; set aside.
  2. Beat sugar with Country Crock® Spread in large bowl with electric mixer until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until blended. Combine milk and vanilla. Alternately beat in milk and flour mixtures until blended. Spread evenly into prepared pans.
  3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes on wire rack; remove from pans and cool completely.
  4. To assemble and decorate, leave 1 cake layer whole and place on large platter. Cut 2 opposite edges of the other layer into “ears”. Cake remaining will be “bow tie”. Arrange on platter. If desired, spread with frosting* and decorate with shredded coconut and/or candies.

*To make an easy and delicious frosting, beat 1 box (16 oz.) confectioners sugar, 1/2 cup Spread and 1 tsp. vanilla extract in large bowl with electric mixer until fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Provided by HBA Member Country Crock

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April Baking Calendar

Here are some handy dates to keep in mind as you are planning activities around baking during the month of April.

National Pretzel Month

Step-by-step pretzel baking

 

1: Sourdough Bread Day

Sourdough Bread

5: Caramel Day

Coconut Caramel Bar

7: World Health Day

Coffee Cake Day

11-18: Passover

11: Pet Day

How to make Pet Treats

13: Peach Cobbler Day

How-to-video

15: Easter breads

20: Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day

22: Meet the Farmer on Earth Day

23: Cherry Cheesecake Day

24: International Sculpture Day

25: Zucchini Bread Day

28: Blueberry Pie Day

30: Oatmeal Cookie Day

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Whole Grain Sampling Day

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Given that March is National Nutrition Month, Whole Grain Sampling Day  March 29, 2017, is the perfect time to sample the nuttier, rich taste of whole grains, and to share recipes that showcase the unique baking characteristics of whole grains A to Z.

Help us meet our goal!  Get as many people as possible to give whole grains a try. You can channel Green Eggs and Ham, but there are lots of places to give them a try!  You can try them

  • On the bus and in a car on the way to school and work.  Gnosh a great homebaked item
  • In the classroom.  Surprise everyone with a “locally made” whole grain Carrot Cake Cupcake from the HBA Smart Snack Collection!
  • With your personal trainer, coach or gym mates.
  • At home, by making whole grain recipes likeWhole Grain Blueberry Muffins

Need a baking tip or two? Put Whole Grains Made Easy and Baking with Whole Wheat Flour 101 to work!

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When planning a whole grain event, reach out to Kelly Toups, RD at the Whole Grains Council (Kelly@oldwayspt.org, or 617-896-4884). Kelly will help you brainstorm more great ideas and ways to support your whole grain promotion efforts.

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Win $1000 with Baking Lesson

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March 2017 – Calling all baking educators! Classroom educators, community organization and afterschool program leaders are encouraged to enter. Submit a baking activity or lesson by March 31 to be eligible to win the $1,000 award and a trip for two to New Orleans!

The Home Baking Association (HBA) recognizes an educator annually. The non-profit association seeks to reward educators who have implemented outstanding programs that teach children to bake and share baking in their communities.

Family and consumer sciences (FCS) educators and youth organization leaders for FCCLA (Family Career Community Leaders of America), 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, Camp Fire USA and other after-school or community programs are encouraged to share successful community baking programs. Youth who have developed baking programs that teach other youth to bake are also invited to enter.

The outstanding educator selected will receive $1,000 and a trip to the HBA Annual Meeting to present the winning project. All entrants will receive a complimentary teaching resource.

Visit HomeBaking.org for ideas, teaching resources and previous award winning lessons. Congratulations to the 2016 Educator Award Winner, Delaine Stendahl, family and consumer sciences teacher, Whitehall, WI. Stendahl won the award with her entry The Power of Eggs.

For Information on the 2017 Educator Award Program visit HomeBaking.org. Entries must be received by March 31, 2017.

For more information, contact:

Charlene Patton HBA Executive Director: 785.478.3283, Email: hbapatton@aol.com

 

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Blueberry Lemon Muffins

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These whole-grain muffins are so delicious, kids will never suspect they are loaded with healthy ingredients! Each muffin contains a little over 5 grams of added sugar*, far less than you would get in a commercial variety.

*Added sugar does not include the naturally occurring sugar found in the berries and yogurt.

Ingredients:
1 cup fresh, frozen or canned blueberries, rinsed and drained
1 ¼ cups whole wheat pastry flour
½ cup quick cooking oats
¼ cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs
1 cup Greek lemon yogurt
(if using the individual cartons, it will require about 1.5 containers)
¼ cup canola oil

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Use a non-stick muffin pan or paper muffin liners. (I prefer to use the silicone mini-muffin pans). Mix flour, sugar and baking powder in large mixing bowl. In another bowl, beat eggs and mix in yogurt and vegetable oil. Stir into dry ingredients and mix lightly. Fold in blueberries. Bake 18-20 minutes or until muffin tops are browned. Loosen muffins and serve warm. They also freeze well.

Servings: 12 medium muffins or 24 mini-muffins

Nutrition Facts

Source:
Connie Evers, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD
Author, How to Teach Nutrition to Kids
http://nutritionforkids.com

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March Forth Into Baking!

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I’ve always wondered if March is Nutrition month because EVERYONE needs great nutrition to power Spring Break! Fortunately it’s Flour and Noodle Month, and will power-you-up for the beach, mountains, a road trip or a great family project.

Just thinking …“too many carbs?” ‘Tis the month to get the facts. Grains are a balanced supply of BOTH protein and carbs!

To dig deeper, the research paper, Wheat, Gluten and Health: The Science Behind Gut Health and Food Intolerances offers great insights.

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Before or while you hit the road or skies, take a virtual flour mill tour and get the facts for wheat flour, oats and corn nutrition. Check your geography and see if you’ll be near one of America’s grain mills. èVisit on-line ardentmills.com, farmerdirectfoods.com, graincraft.com,heckersceresota.com , hudsoncream.com, ndmill.com, panhandlemilling.com renwoodmills.com, www.stone-buhr.com sunflourflour.com You might “find-a-farmer” near where you are too using these sites.

For the road, Bake a Smart Snack or a DIY thin wheat cracker,  TIP: Bagels and biscotti pack great for treks and trips!

Don’t let rain or snow spoil your break! Pack a mix or flour for DIY fresh tortillas or a flat bread for the grill or griddle —Making Flat Breads, using the Pita Bread recipe or pizza dough

Making your own Homemade Noodles is a great adventure many adults and kids have never had! Noodles may be whole grain (1/2 whole wheat or spelt flour, ½ enriched flour), and feel free to knead in a couple tablespoons frozen spinach or fresh chopped herbs.

For a perfect finish, wrap or top your tortilla, flat bread or noodles with sauteed vegetables!

Finally, all great Spring Breaks make time for a good food AND a good read! Join the whole country and Read Across America …all month!

Some picks for “foodies” young or old?

Everybody Makes Noodles, by Norah Dooley.

The First Tortilla: A Bilingual Story, by Rudolfo Anaya

Tortillas: A Cultural History, by Paula E. Morton.

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Need Baking GPS? Try   Wheat Flour 101

Baking with Whole Wheat Flour 101, How to Measure

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