Baking with Children

Granola

Yesterday the children made granola to have as their snack today. Many of them took turns helping in the process. They are really getting used to cooking and now understand they must wash their hands and put on one of the child-sized aprons in order to help.

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Here is a child using a small spice grater to grate the nutmeg.

Here is a child using a small spice grater to grate the nutmeg.

Adding ingredients, including pumpkin to the pan.

Adding ingredients, including pumpkin to the pan.

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Spreading the granola on the pan for baking.

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Enjoying with a bowl of organic vanilla yogurt! YUM

Pumpkin Spice Granola
3. c. old fashioned oats
1/2 c. canned pumpkin
1/4 c. honey or brown rice syrup
3 T. vegetable oil
2 T. packed light brown sugar
2 t. vanilla extract
2 t. ground cinnamon
1/8 t. ground ginger
1/4 t. ground nutmeg

Optional: dried fruit, sunflower or pumpkin seeds
Spread oats onto a 15 x 10 inch jelly-roll pan. Toast in preheated 325 degree oven for 20 minutes, stirring halfway. Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees. Pour toasted oats into large bowl. If using, add the optional ingredients. In a medium saucepan, blend pumpkin, honey, oil, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Heat gently and stir until honey is melted and incorporated. Pour over oats. Toss well to coat and spread in greased (or parchment) pan. Bake for 30 minutes stirring at 10 minute intervals. After cooking add fruit. While still hot, press mixture in to a hard pan with a flat spatula. Cool and break apart.

Making Pizza!

Today the afternooners made pizza for lunch! We had to begin the process during the morning work time so they could be done baking by lunch time.  First we mixed up the pizza dough.

Pizza Dough
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. sugar
1 package of yeast
3 T. oil
1 c. warm water
Mix it together, you will have to use your hands!
Let it rise for a while (even half a day).
Bake at 425 until it is done.

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After mixing and rising, the children then came back later to add sauce and grated cheese (which one of our afternooners grated) to the top.

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We then baked them in the oven and ate them! YUM!!

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Because the morning children were soooo interested and the aroma was so nice in the school, we decided to make them one to warm up for snack tomorrow. It is a surprise for them!

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Afternooner’s Lunch

We had read “Pancakes, Pancakes!” by Eric Carle on Tuesday afternoon and thought that sounded pretty good.  So, today our extended day children, aka “afternooners” along with a child staying for lunch made pancakes!

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First we made the batter!

We set the table together which included a plate, fork, knife, napkin and glass.  The children were able to serve themselves apples, cheese, water and pour their own syrup.

We set the table together which included a plate, fork, knife, napkin and glass. The children were able to serve themselves apples, cheese, water and pour their own syrup.

We then gave a lesson on cutting food with a fork and knife!

We then gave a lesson on cutting food with a fork and knife!

This was a very fun day, the children and adults seemed to enjoy all of the food!

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We also made very funny masks to surprise the morning children with tomorrow. No scary Halloween masks here! We used pictures from magazines to make various eyes and mouth masks. We then pasted on poster board and put on a popsicle stick. We were all laughing pretty hard at some of the silly masks!

The afternooners also made cinnamon-squash muffins for snack tomorrow, it was a very busy day!

Muffin Recipe

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We made muffins again, this time with carrots. The children love to help measure and pour the ingredients, mix and eat! One thing that is challenging at times is getting the paper off of the outside (and of course waiting for the muffins to finish baking)! Thank you to all of the parents who have brought us baking ingredients!

Recipe:
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. white flour
3/4 c. brown sugar
2 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
3 eggs
1/2 c. canola oil
1 t. vanilla
1 c. carrot puree or any other fruit or vegetable puree

Mix all ingredients until moistened.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until cooked through.

Many children love to help in the kitchen, pull up a sturdy stool (away from the stove) and let them pour the ingredients, turn on the mixer and work your way up to measuring.  One very helpful tip is if they are stirring, I will tell my boys to keep the top of the spoon on the bottom of the bowl, this prevents various ingredients from popping out…  Enjoy!