July 2017 Summer is no time to stop baking! It’s the perfect month to celebrate Culinary Arts Month and polish baking creativity and skills by preparing for local, county and state fair competitions.
Gain the competitive edge.
1. Start with tested recipes from HBA Test Kitchens.
2. Meet HBA members who sponsor fair baking awards. www.chsugar.com; www.dominosugar.com; www.kswheat.com; www.okwheat.org
3. Sculpt specialty rolls, braids and centerpiece entries
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Need some Grilling Month goals? Add grilled pizza or flatbread to your skill set!
Ice Cream Month could scoop a new recipe every day. Kids and grandparents will love Chocolate Pudding Popsicles for starters!
July Belongs to Blueberries Month bakers will love Blueberry Banana Bread and Blueberry Bread Pudding. Add a blueberry search at www.landolakes.com and you’ll find too many options to count. I’ll start with a blueberry flan! Kids can Book and Bake with Blueberries for Sal!
Let Picnic Month begin with something new! Pack Focaccia Picnic Sandwiches or an ethnic hand-held meat pies, Russian Piroshkis or Bierocks.
Try a new method and dry griddle bake Soft Wrap Bread. Boiling water is mixed with the flour, “cooking” the starch and resulting in a soft, pliable product to cradle what comes off the grill.
Check out the latest summer Food Safety Guidelines.
Bake for Service Learning: Early starts on cooking and baking skills matter! With summer learning a priority, baking is “STEAM” education. Bake with friends, sibs, and when you baby-sit to teach children baking basics.
Find starter resources (English and Spanish)
Ten Tips for Baking Success with Kids
Age-appropriate Thrill of Skill
Food Skill Check List
Portable Kitchen videos/recipes
If you’d like to learn more about baking events and celebrations this quarter (July, August, September) download this handy calendar pdf
This extremely popular recipe uses whole wheat flour, oats and Greek yogurt in a healthier hearty muffin that everyone will love! Check it out, as well as other Home Baking Association recipes at HomeBaking.org.
- 1cup whole wheat flour
- 1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup Greek vanilla yogurt
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons canola oil (topping)
- 1/3 cup dark brown sugar (topping)
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (topping)
- 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (topping)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and Greek yogurt. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well combined. Fold in 1 cup chocolate chips.
Divide batter evenly among greased muffins cups, filling each one almost full.
In a small bowl, stir together the struesel ingredients with a fork until well coated in the oil. Place a heaping tablespoon of streusel over the batter in the muffin cups.
Bake for 15-18 minutes or until muffins start to turn golden brown and streusel is crisp. Let muffins cool in pan for 5-10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely or enjoy.
This week the Home Baking Association features baking history and traditions. Educators at home, school and out-of-school find multiple benefits result when families and individuals cook and bake together.
A 2012 Search Institute report, The American Family Assets Study, identifies five categories that help families thrive: nurture relationships, establish routines, maintain expectations, adapt to challenges and connect with the community. More information on this subject
Culinary and meal time routines have proved their connection to these five assets over centuries. Enjoy reinstating what may be lost to your family OR pass on the pleasure of parking the cell phones, talking side-by-side as you fix a do-it-yourself meal, bread side, or dessert. Connect with your community through pot-lucks, “bake and take” opportunities or teaching others food skills.
Where to start? Bake For Family Fun Month week 3—History andTraditions
View how to begin bread, pizza, cornbread and more! Visit our DIY video section of the HomeBaking.org website
Here’s an idea for a Quick-meal-to-fix tonight!
The Home Baking Association offers recipes and resources to solve all of your baking needs, whether at home or in the classroom. Visit HomeBaking.org for more information.