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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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Educator Award-Winning Lesson Plans

Cookie Capers, middle and high school winning lesson from Marla Prusa, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Nebraska

Middle School Lesson Plan
High School Lesson Plan

Bakeworks Preschool Lesson

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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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Time-Saving Tips and Techniques just in time for the Holidays!

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What could make us all more thankful than time-saving tips and techniques, welcome at holidays AND for any- time baking. Catching my attention are methods on how to mix your favorite dough and freeze portion-sized biscuits, scones and cookies so they’re ready to bake-off fresh.

For home bakers, it means no more canned dough, food savings AND premium ingredients, less sodium and best of all, products can be fresh baked—whether right after work, school or for gifts or guests.

For the classroom teacher, it means baking flexibility–prepping dough in one lab and baking in another—tomorrow or next week! You may also be able to better sell hot, fresh items for afterschool events or snackers! Find complete Cookie Caper lesson plans for Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers. Don’t miss Baking Science: Cause and Effect also available at www.homebaking.org/foreducators.

Here’s the scoop on how to portion, freeze and bake-off favorite items by King Arthur Flour’s veteran baker PJ Hammel .

Instant hospitality, mealtime sides or afterschool snacks begins with fresh ingredients, accurate measuring, and mixing techniques. Meet the baking and cooking veterans at Land O’Lakes test kitchens; offering how-to check ingredient freshness, tools and equipment visuals, preparation methods and how-to store products.

Bakers who scale ingredients will find the “volume, ounces, grams” option valuable at  . Simply click on the recipe option preferred and the recipe will be converted to volume or weights.

Let’s wrap up with How to Bake Perfect Cookies videos and tips and the downloadable baking gift tags.

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Have You Checkout Out Highlights for Children? Look and Look Again!

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Baking Resources from a trusted Children’s Brand!

A special thanks to HBA’s Writer’s Guild contributor Highlights for Children for providing baking learning activities for children and adults to share.

Give a Gift of Gingerbread

That’s Silly

Crunchy, Nutty Muffin

Be sure to check out our featured activity, “Look and Look Again,” where children are invited to spot how two photos are both different, and the same.

Devoted to “Fun with a Purpose,” family media brand Highlights for Children, Inc. Highlights has helped children become their best selves for generations.

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Special offer at HomeBaking.org!

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Orders placed by June 30th will receive extra bonus materials which include recipes, baking tools and resources. Check out HomeBaking.org today to find baking resources perfect for your home or classroom.

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In the Kitchen with Sharon – May

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From May Day to Memorial Day, keep your pantry “bake-ready” to crown May’s celebrations with home-baked specialties. If its worth celebrating, its worth your personal baker’s touch. My top five suggestions for this month are

#1: Bake a “bite-sized” bouquet of treats to fill a May Day basket made from a large cone-shaped coffee filter or large cup lined with a pretty napkin. Candidates include sunshiney Lemon Poppy Seed mini-muffins or a gluten-free option; bite-sized snickerdoodle cookies, your favorite cube-sized bars or sugar-coated soft pretzel bites.

#2: Savor something new for Cinco de Mayo. Wrap your favorite flavors in a homemade tortilla—made in a bag or bowl! Try fresh tortillas as Breakfast Burritos or Pocket Fruit Wraps, all found in Spanish or English at www.kidsacookin.org

#3: Always treat mom with chocolate…especially in her cinnamon rolls. Included on-site is a ”Cinnamon Roll How-to” video tutorial. If chocolate’s NOT the right thing, another half dozen cinnamon roll options for flavors and types are offered.

#4: Bake your bouquets for graduation celebrations. It’s not as hard as you think! View “step-by-step” pictorials for Flower Rolls and rosettes on Dough Sculpting 101 DVD. Bake centerpieces using the downloadable Bread Shaping for Fun guide.

#5: Set the table to bring back, or make, memories for Memorial Day. Plan tea, coffee, breakfast, brunch or a full meal and bring family and friends together. Ideas to get started are at the new resource. Do a little home work to include at least one recipe from an earlier generation, like a Homestead Biscuit or Cornbread, or a local traditional bread or dessert, if possible. You’ll find a wonderful archive of tried and true baking treasures from Nancy Baggett, one of HBA’s fine Writer’s Guild bakers.

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