Saturday, July 3, 2010

Baking by the Numbers

It's Saturday and in the best Little House on the Prairie tradition, Saturdays are baking days at Saint Augustine Classical Academy. Not only is it a relaxing activity, it's also an opportunity for Henry to practice following directions and discuss numbers. Saturday also means that Daddy is home to play with Oliver and keep him out of the kitchen. There's nothing quite as nerve-wracking as cooking with a preschooler while a toddler is underfoot.

Henry is quite the little chef, for an almost 3-year-old. He has his own step-ladder to bring himself up to counter height in order to help. He also has his own apron, but he refuses to wear it. Can't win them all.

Today, we had a rather large bunch of bananas that were quickly over-ripening. Consequently, our recipes for today were Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Banana Bread. The cake will accompany us to an Independence Day celebration tomorrow. One loaf of bread will be eaten this week and the other loaf will go in the freezer.

Henry happily mashed bananas, measured flour and sugar, and operated the hand mixer. We discussed the different numbers on the measuring cups, the numbers on the oven timer, and how to tell when the cakes and breads are done. A good morning!

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