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Give the Gift of How-to-Bake 

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After 35 years of baking everywhere and anyway I can with anyone 2 to 92 who’d join me, I love to find new ideas, recipes and resources to get the flour in the bowl and the heart and mind engaged.  It takes more than a cool app or web-site to get a baking buzz going in today’s kitchens.  There are at least three challenges to overcome:

  • Skill comfort to bake alone OR an available baking assistant
  • Available ingredients and tools
  • Time (inversely related to skill—the more baking skill, the less time you’ll need)

HomeBaking.org is ALWAYS a great place to start, so let me introduce our newest Writer’s Guild member, Deanna F. Cook. Deanna is a kids-cooking best-selling author, content director at Kidstir, as well as an acquisitions editor at Storey Publishing. She lives in western Massachusetts and is found online at deannafcook.com.

Her newest book, Baking Class, 2017, Storey Publishing, ISBN 978-1-61212-855-9, is perfect for building baking skills, baking for the family, and giving to someone you love.

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You can’t replace baking together as a gift that nourishes the whole person for a lifetime.  Contributing something you’ve baked for a meal or event builds self-sufficiency and true self-esteem. Deanna’s “baking companion” works great for kids ages 6–12 and features 50 easy-to-follow recipes.

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Deanna shares, “I invited more than 20 children over to my kitchen and we baked together and photographed the steps along the way. All the recipes are easy to follow, fun to look at, and can be made by kids with just a little help from a grown-up. “

Step-by-step photos teach bakers-in-training how to knead dough, make biscuits, popovers, decorate cookies, and make a perfect pie, along with essential skills like measuring flour and decorating a cake—perfect for meals or made-by-me-for-you gift giving!

You’ll start a new holiday meal “must-have” with Puffy Popovers, Just 5 ingredients—2 tablespoons butter, 2 eggs, 1cup milk, 1 cup all-purpose flour, and ½ teaspoon salt, a muffin cup pan and an oven! Popovers are “a science experiment you can eat” and MUST be locally made—yet another plus.

Teachers, get the total buy-in of students and parents by hosting an early childhood baking workshop using the Baking Class resources.

When you wrap a book to give, why not include a “time certificate,” for a date and place to bake some recipes side-by-side in 2018? It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Click here to get the recipe and instructions for Puffy Popovers

 

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Puffy Popovers

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These treats are light and airy and yummy! Bake up a batch as a quick and easy after-school snack.

Preheat the oven to 375⁰ F (190⁰ C).

Here’s What You Need

1-2 tablespoons butter

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1 cup flour

½ teaspoon salt
Here’s What You Do

  1. Place a small pat of butter in the center of each cup in a 12-cup muffin pan. Put the pan in the oven for just a minute or two to melt the butter, and then take it out.
  2. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl. Add the milk, flour, and salt. Whisk until most of the lumps are gone.
  3. Transfer the batter to a large measuring cup for easy pouring. Pour the batter into the buttered muffin pan cups, filling each about two-thirds full.
  4. Bake the popovers for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown and puffy. Remove the pan from the oven. Carefully pop them out of the muffin pan with a butter knife. Eat right away! They’re extra delicious with jam and honey.

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A Science Experiment You Can Eat!

Did you know that all baking is basically kitchen chemistry? Baking combines various ingredients and uses heat (and sometimes other steps, like kneading dough) to create a reaction that turns the ingredients into something different.

To make a perfect popover that’s crispy on the outside and hollow on the inside, you need a hot oven, flour, and eggs. Imagine your popover is like a hot air balloon: The shell of the balloon is made of the protein in the eggs and flour. The steam comes from the hot liquid (the milk) heating up and evaporating. As it fills with hot air, the balloon “pops over” the sides of the pan, making it a tasty chemistry experiment!

Excerpted from Baking Class © by Deanna F. Cook. Used with permission from Storey Publishing.

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Clabber Girl Bakes for Family Fun!

girl_baking_funA surefire recipe for entertaining your kids—after school, during school breaks, vacations or “staycations”—is to bring them into the kitchen. Mastering cooking techniques can be more than entertainment; it can reinforce math skills such as counting, measuring and separating, as well as improve hand-eye coordination.

Clabber Girl has safety guidelines and a list of age appropriate skills at Family Fun Guidelines. When you have finished your baking project, download and print their School of Baking Certificate!

February is Bake for Family Fun Month!

There’s a new lesson plan for each week in February. Each lesson plan is designed to inspire home bakers while teaching fundamentals of cooking.

Week #1 – Let’s Get Started Baking – Bake Buttery Breakfast Biscuits and learn how leavening makes batters rise.

Week #2 – Baking For My Valentine– Bake up some Red Velvet Cupcakes, download and color a Valentine card.

Week #3 – History and Traditions – Corn bread, Johnnycake – history of corn and other names for corn.

Week #4 – Baking For Others – Muffins – done the way you like them! Sweet or savory muffins are delicious family fun treats to bake and share.

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Clabber Girl is a member of the Home Baking Association, an organization dedicated to Promoting home baking by providing educators tools and knowledge to perpetuate future generations of home bakers.

Other Family Fun Activities

Elephant Ears! – A lesson plan for baking that outlines main baking ingredients and their functions. Recipe – Elephant Ears

Make Bunny Ears! – A sweet twist on Elephant Ears – Have fun baking and learn measuring, and teamwork.

Pancakes, from ancient times to today’s breakfast table and beyond… – Start a new tradition from an old-time favorite! Strawberry Muffin Tops

Chocolate Raspberry Whoopie Pies – for gifting at Valentine’s day or any time!

Bunny Cake – Delicious and fun cake to bake and decorate. Fun for all ages!

Home Made Pizza – Made your way, or bake for others. Bake up a delicious and healthier pizza crust.

 

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What Are Your “Dine In” Plans?

Have you made plans to “Dine In” on December 3rd, in honor of Family and Consumer Sciences Day and their work to promote and sustain healthy families. Invite someone special to your house for a home cooked meal! Sign up to help meet the official goal of 200,000 home-prepared shared meals.

Here’s a great recipe you can prepare, compliments of Fleischmann’s Yeast! The whole family will enjoy this taco casserole.

Taco Dinner

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 envelope Fleischmann’s® RapidRise Yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter OR margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced green onion
  • 3/4 cup crushed tortilla chips
  • Salsa, guacamole and/or sour cream for garnish, optional

Directions:

Brown ground beef in a large skillet until cooked through; drain.  Prepare taco meat according to taco seasoning mix directions.  Set aside.

Combine 1 cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.  Heat milk, water and butter to very warm (120° to 130°F).  Pour into flour mixture; add eggs.  Beat for 30 seconds with electric mixer to combine.  Increase speed to high and beat for 3 minutes.

Stir in remaining 3/4 cup flour to make a stiff batter.  Stir in cheese, bell pepper and green onion.  Spoon half the batter into a greased 8 x 8-inch pan; top with taco meat.  Dollop remaining batter over the taco meat.  Cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking spray and let rise in a warm, draft free place 40 minutes or until doubled.

Top with tortilla chips.  Bake in preheated 375°F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve hot and top with salsa, guacamole and/or sour cream, if desired.

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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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Week Two of Bake for Family Fun Month

What is your favorite baking memory? Baking traditions, recipes and family heritage are handed down through each generation. Bake for Family Fun Month is the perfect time to share the goodness of baking with your family.

Each week you will find designated recipes, baking activities and opportunities to spend time together in the kitchen. From toddler to grandparent – baking is the perfect family activity!

Week Two: Baking for Your Valentine!

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The Home Baking Association has developed the Valentine Quilt Cake recipe & activity perfectly suited for use in the family home or classroom. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this recipe offers a great opportunity to encourage your kids to explore their DIY kitchen skills. Download the recipe and activity here.

Check out the rest of the great resources the Home Baking Association has to offer:

Intro Video Week TwoBaking for My Valentine
Beginner Red Velvet Cupcakes: Download recipe & card
Beginner Valentine Message Sugar CookiesDelicious!
Beginner Strawberry Muffin TopsA special Valentine’s Treat
Intermediate Sweetheart CoffeecakeA gift to show your love
Intermediate Cinnamon Heart BreadHeart-shaped swirl loaf
Advanced All the Stops Chocolate CakeA delicious dessert!
Intermediate Valentine’s Day Cards and TagsDownload here

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There are many more recipes, activities and lesson plans available for Bake For Family Fun Month at the Home Baking Association website. Click here to explore how you can celebrate Bake For Family Fun Month in your community.

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