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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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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.

Three generations baking

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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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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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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An Irish Blog—St. Patrick’s Day 2015

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On St. Patrick’s Day everyone has a drop of Irish blood. Everyone can definitely enjoy baking a fresh loaf of Irish bread for breakfast, noon, tea or supper.

White or Brown Soda bread are Ireland’s traditional bread. Ireland used hearths much longer than many countries. No ovens meant soda breads were baked on a griddle or in a bastable, a cast iron oven pot with a lid set in smoldering peat.

Ingredients are simple: wholemeal and/or enriched flour, baking soda for leavening, buttermilk and salt. Oats or even potato were used in the breads when stretching precious wheat flour. King Arthur Flour offers an Irish wholemeal flour for brown soda bread and a great Brown Soda Bread recipe very worth baking! The loaf is shaped round and about 2 inches thick. A deep cross is cut nearly clear through, dividing the bread into fourths or farls.

ISt-Patricks-Day-Unlimited-Vacation-Club-Featured-Imagef you’re baking soda bread with a child—or even if not—you’ll want to read the story of the Irish giant credited with building the Giant’s Causeway between Ireland and Scotland, Fin M’Coul. The Giant of Knockmany Hill by Tomie de Paola

Taking tea is as important as a pint! Serve a sweeter indulgent soda bread with butter plus currants or sultanas. (Raisins are often substituted in the U.S.) Land O’ Lakes provides such a tried and true recipe.

When yeast is used for leavening instead of soda, the loaf is Barm Brack. In Gaelic it’s known as báirín breac, or “speckled loaf” due to the way the dough is dotted with currants or raisins. Similar to it is a favorite Walnut Bread. Here’s a version I bake.

Other Irish home baking favorites include Bread and Butter Pudding. (The Irish would never waste day-old bread of any kind.) Clabber Girl is amazing at bread pudding innovations. If not white bread, why not Cinnamon Apple Bread Pudding?

Banana Bread’s also popular. Guess everyone has over-ripe bananas to use! You’ll like Shawnee Mill’s Banana Bread. The Irish do enjoy walnuts and betting they’d love the chocolate chip option!

Sláinte! (Health!)

Sharon Davis

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February is Bake for Family Fun Month

A 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. We have safety guidelines and a list of age appropriate kitchen skills and tasks. When you have finished your baking project, download and print our free Baking Certificate!

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.

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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.

Thank you to Clabber Girl, a member of the Home Baking Association, for providing this amazing content for Bake for Family Fun Month.

In addition, check out the Home Baking Association resource Baking with Friends: Recipes, Tips and Fun Facts About Baking for Kids. The book is written by Charlene Patton, Sharon Davis, and edited by Nicholas Beatty.

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