Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Toddler Tuesday: Cooking with Sam

Low fat Cranberry Orange Muffins

This week's learning lessons:
             Go over the names of all the ingredients
              Discuss textures and colors of all ingredients
              Discuss how the measuring cups are different sizes
             Show how to mix with a whisk
             Practice counting with muffin tins
             How to gently crack and egg
             Show what happens when you mix sugar and butter

2  cups, plus 1 tbsp of unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup cake flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup plus 1 tbsp of sugar
4 tbsp of unsalted butter (softened)
2 large eggs
1tsp of grated zest from orange
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups plain low fat yogurt
1 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
2/3 cup orange juice

1. Turn on oven to 375. Then go over the first few learning lessons (see above).

2. Help your toddler measure out and combine all purpose flour, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 1/4 cup of sugar.   Then whisk together and set aside.

3.  Put additional 3/4 cup of sugar and soften butter into a mixing bowl.   Mix for about 4 minutes.  Have toddler help you scrap down the sides of the bowl if needed.

 (oops a mess...clean up!)

4. Have toddler add 1 egg at a time to the mixing bowl.  Mix well between each egg addition.

5.  While the mixture is at a low speed add in a third of the  flour mixture followed by a third of the yogurt mixture.  Repeat until all of the flour mixture and yogurt are mixed in.  Be careful not to over mix.

6. Put cranberries and orange juice in a microwave safe bowl and cover with saran wrap.  Put in microwave for 1 minute and let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes.  Then strain the cranberries and discard the juice.


7. Combine 1 cup plus 1 tsp of sugar with 2 tsp of grated orange zest.
8. Combine cranberries and remaining 1 tbsp of flour and fold into the batter. 


 9. Use an ice cream scoop to divide batter into each muffin cup. Back for 25-30 minutes.

10.  Official toddler taste test.

*disclaimer -  you know your child best.  If you feel your child is not quite ready for some of the steps seen above then modify to do what is most appropriate for your child *

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Next week:Apple crisp

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Toddler Tuesday: Cooking with Sam

Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

This week's learning lessons:
              Learn how to pour liquid into the bowl
              Learn how to mix without spill batter everywhere
              Learn that different kitchen utensils have different purposes
              Watch how pancakes get fluffy
              Go over "hot" with the skillet
              Learn how to cut pancakes into smaller pieces

Ingredients (mostly taken from the Bisquick box)

cups Original Bisquick® mix
1 cup milk
2 eggs
Chocolate chips

1.  Pour two cups of Bisquick mix into a large bowl

2. Show toddler how you pour milk into measuring cup.

3. Allow toddler to pour milk into bowl.

4.  Crack egg into a small bowl and allow toddler to add egg to bowl.

5. Show toddler how to mix everything together using circular motions. 
 See the batter getting less lumpy!  Keep it up Sam.

6. Sam telling us that the skillet is HOT!  Yes, yes it is.

7. Toddler adding a little oil to the skillet using a tbsp.

8.  Have an adult scoop pancake batter onto skillet

9.  Time to add some chocolate chips and mushed up banana.  Oh yea, gotta make sure those chocolate chips didn't go bad....taste test!

10.  Sam again reinforcing that the skillet is HOT!

11.  Daddy showing Sam how to use a spatula to turn the pancakes.

12.  Sam insisting that HE cut the pancakes into smaller bites.  Yes that is a butter knife but it was good for his to practice.

13. Yummy!  Also good to freeze them separably for a quick weekday breakfast.

*disclaimer -  you know your child best.  If you feel your child is not quite ready for some of the steps seen above then modify to do what is most appropriate for your child *

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Next week: Low Fat cranberry orange muffins