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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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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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Bake for Family Fun Month: Week 4

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The best part of Bake for Family Fun Month is this last week! Baking for others is everything a parent, a teacher and a community could want. The soft pretzel was originally baked as a reward for learning and remains a sign of “blessing” or appreciation to this day. On-line lesson Bread with a Twist outlines many ways to teach and learn from baking as a service. See how to shape pretzels

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Several resources to help bake for others this week include

Wrap-up your fund raising or baking for others with a copy of Baking with Friends with a little extra “spa” treatment like a sugar scrub!

Above all, just DO IT!

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Bake for Family Fun Month: Week 3

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As much as I enjoy Downton Abbey, history and tradition embodies why I bake. American families and communities most often did not come with a wait and culinary staff. “Doing for ourselves” included baking.

To quote Ruskin from a 1906 Cook Book compiled by Annie R. Gregory,

“ 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 everyone has something nice to eat.”

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This week’s Bake for Family Fun month connections highlight baking history and building our own traditions.

  1. Make time to Book and Bake. “Book” time to read a book and recipe for a meal or snack. Blueberries for Sal is a classic.
  2. Include, or require, young children and teens in the kitchen. Create a “baking corner” to work where they lay out tools and ingredients to prepare staples like Biscuits or America’s Favorite Batter Bread
  1. Weekly home crafted pizza is an essential tradition to help teens build assets and manage food budgets.
  2. Place your orders for Whole Grain All Star Pizza
  3. Doughnuts and fritters have long been a weekly treat in many homes! Consider a DIY dozen—it can cost less than $3.00—baked or fried 
  4. Pancake “art” is a fabulous family tradition. You won’t see IHOP making “your name here” cakes.  or  squiggle the batter for critters or shapes for max creativity. Remember: pre-oil, then heat the griddle or skillet, flip the shape when bubbles appear on the batter surface and flip ‘em only once for maximum fluff factor.

This week our daughter baked banana bread from a home town Centennial cook book. Virginia Becker, a genuinely wonderful woman and creator of the recipe, is surely smiling down on her magic mix of only six ingredients.

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February Is Bake for Family Fun Month

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Hands-on Fun! Families measure, mix and bake together. A special family memory is created! The Home Baking Association (HBA) has designated February as “Bake for Family Fun Month” and encourages families to spend time together in the kitchen.

Winter is the perfect time to warm up the kitchen and bake together as a family. Baking is an inexpensive family activity that provides delicious rewards 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 throughout 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”.

Patton suggests allowing extra time when baking as a family. Be sure to find a task for each member of the family so everyone is involved in the experience. The Thrill of Skill resource provides a list of age appropriate kitchen jobs beginning at age two. Ten Tips for Baking Success, Safe Kitchen Check List and correct measuring techniques are provided to help families be successful.

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 Friday Designer Pizza Night? Make the dough, prepare toppings and let everyone make their own “designer” pizza! Or maybe it’s a weekend brunch with pancakes or waffles! Remember to take pictures to share and treasure in years to come.

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Multi-generation family: African American girl (10 years) with mother and grandmother in the kitchen, baking.

bookandbake_pieEasy as Pie is a book and bake lesson for families. Make a press-in, rustic or rolled pie crust and then fill with a delicious apple filling. While the pie is baking read one of the suggested books as a family to learn more about pie. A quiz is included that families are sure to enjoy. Easy as Pie is part of Week 2 Baking for My Valentine!

The Easy as Pie Book and Bake Lesson along with 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 this year’s Bake for Family Fun Month event.

The Home Baking Association is a non-profit association with members dedicated to providing resources to encourage families to bake together from toddler to grandparent and enjoy the many benefits of baking.

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For more information about Bake for Family Fun Month, the Home Baking Association, or to schedule an interview, please contact Charlene Patton, Executive Director of the Home Baking Association.

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Week 1: Bake for Family Fun Month

Week 1: Let’s Get Started Baking—One, two, three…

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Don’t miss the art, science, math and literacy power of baking together. Don’t try to do it all in one evening or day! Stretch it over one, two, three or more days to include reading, shopping, measuring, mixing and baking together to see how huge the enjoyment and learning become for the whole family.

Step 1: Check out the Book and Bake “Pumpkin Pancakes” guide. Download or get the age-appropriate book at your library.

Step 2: Read the story together. Choose one of the pumpkin RECIPEs … read the recipe together. Explore the measuring tools, math and methods—all STEM activities.

View the Measuring Basics video provided by C&H Sugar.

Step 3: BE and DO the chef thing…mise en place… kids love it—it’s a scavenger hunt! Identify and assemble the tools and ingredients before you start. Learn a new vocabulary word: name the leavening ingredient(s) in the recipe.

Step 4: Lots of families need to change a recipe to use a pan they have or a size of product better for their family. Wholegrain pumpkin bread could be baked as small loaves, muffin-sized or even a cake pan.

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Step 5: Don’t stop with just mixing and fixing…Use the lesson guide to discuss what you’ve baked, what nutrition it offers, how much baking it yourself is “worth” to your family. Compare and contrast the size and cost of your pumpkin bread or muffin with one slice pumpkin bread or muffin at a coffee shop. Consider how much plain pancakes cost when you eat out. What are the benefits of the pumpkin pancakes made-by-you! Then get ready for Week 2!

 

 

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