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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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Let’s Get Moving In the Kitchen

May is the perfect month to turn pinning into doing. Celebrating good times is happening weekly if not daily and calls for a wide variety of personal touches.

Make your first touch small. Whether it’s a school party or a family event, make the treats1950’s-sized or mini-bites when compared to today’s portions.

Make the second touch “serve safe” as you cut and serve treats to friends, family, or the public. Take a refresher course at our favorite site

Don’t forget Mother’s Day is this Sunday!

If it’s Moms you’re celebrating, Chocolate Waffles come to mind!

Get Dad in the game baking muffins, or grilling BLT Pizza 

Don’t forget the selfies of cleaning up the kitchen!

Hosting, serving and celebrating are all teachable moments for making people welcome and appreciated. Use this great graphic to help young and old remember the basics:

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 Let your final touch be Memorial Day. First interview staff or residents at senior care centers about their favorite baked item. Bake it and return to make a living memory with our often forgotten elders, so many of whom are veterans.

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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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Summer Baking Tool-kit: Valuable Resources and Tips

Whether teaching a group or your own home crowd, we’ve researched activities and lessons galore. Don’t miss these valuable resources that will help keep your kids healthy and actively engaged this summer:BakingWFriends3

Argo’s Kids Corner 

Baking with Friends Recipes, Lessons and Tips. Confetti Cornbread 

Bread with a Twist

Dough sculpting and baking technique videos 

Fun with Foods/Summer Learning

How Flour is Milled 

Kitchen Science: Baking for Special Needs

New Clabber Girl Lesson Plans 

The Science of Yeast 

Nine Patch Quilt Cake with Rainbow Sugar 

There’s Only One Sugar video http://www.sugar.org/video/

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Win $1000 and A Trip for Two to Charleston, SC

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Open Call for Home Baking Association Educator Award Competition

 Calling all baking educators!  The Home Baking Association (HBA) annually recognizes an educator for a baking activity or lesson with a $1,000 award.  The association seeks to reward educators who have implemented outstanding programs that teach children to bake and share baking in their communities.

Classroom educators and community youth organization program leaders are eligible.  Family and consumer sciences (FCS) educators and youth organization leaders for 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 in South Carolina to present the winning project.  In addition to the top prize additional awards may be given for special categories. All entrants will receive a complimentary teaching resource from the Home Baking Association.

Previous Winner Spotlight: Kaye Hendricks entered Mystery Muffins and won the award in 2012. Hendricks is a kindergarten teacher in Manhattan, KS. Other awards named in 2012 included Best Community Reach, Clover Kitchen for Kids, by Amy Peterson, MS, RD, Nebraska and Most Creative, Creative Pizza, by Carla Schaer, FCS Educator, Illinois.Winning entries from previous winners can be found at HomeBaking.org.

Cookie Capers, middle and high school winning lessons from Marla Prusa, Nebraska and Bakeworks, a preschool enrichment winning activity from Julie Ratchford, VA are available to download.  For these winning projects, additional baking activities, lessons, recipes and application for the 2015 contest visit HomeBaking.org. Entries may be mailed or sent electronically through the web-site.  Entry deadline is March 31, 2015.

 

More information is available at HomeBaking.org.

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Gift Ideas from the Home Baking Association

sharon_kitchenAre you lucky enough to personally know a budding young baker? Today Jula K. wrote “Last year I gave my 12-year old niece Baking with Friends. She loves baking. What is a good follow-up baking gift?”

If you give a baker Baking with Friends, www.hombaking.org then they’ll want to:

Enjoy baking for all and may the benefits be returned in a baker’s dozen ways!

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Celebrate Literacy, Volunteerism and Baking!

sharon_kitchenJoin the Home Baking Association in celebrating literacy and volunteerism this spring! You can help spread enthusiasm for reading both books and recipes. “Read to a child today and start a lifetime of ambition.” Library of Congress, www.read.gov.

Volunteer and bring older generations and youth together to read & bake. 

Need good how-to measure visuals? Check out this resource

What about age-appropriate kitchen activities? We created this for you!

Need tips for reading to, or with, children? Be sure to visit the following websites:

National Association of Educators of Young Children 

Reading is Fundamental

Studies show books or cooking tools aren’t available in many homes! 

Conduct a “Book and Cook” drive to equip a local youth program, food pantry, or classroom. 

1. Match books and cooking tools using “Book and Cook” Literature Connections

Find great baking tools at www.chefsplanet.com 

2. Include Baking with Friends or a lesson guide:

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