Friday, February 22, 2013

Cooking Class Part 2

Here is our first cooking class.  All of the girls aprons are hung up and there recipe books laid out on the table.  For the recipe books I just bought those cheap plastic photo books and put there names on the cover and titled them Chef in Training.  Super simple!  Every class I add the recipes we are going to make for the day and then when we are done with all the classes they'll get to take them home.
What a cute bunch of girls!
 Our first class we learned all about safety and sanitation when it comes to cooking and baking.  Here they are washing their hands . . .  very thoroughly!
We also learned about proper measuring techniques.  Here is one of the girls friends spooning flour into the measuring cup.
And finally tasting the food we made!  We made pudding in a cup topped with vanilla bean whipped cream and raspberries!  YUM!!!  It was soooo good!  Recipe to follow!
 Our little piglet gets to join in on our classes so she of course gets to taste EVERYTHING!
 Here is one of the desserts and the girls made them all by themselves.  How fun and what they called "fancy!"

Pudding in a Cup 
(adapted from
1 1/2 Cups flour
1/2 Cup of butter, melted
6 Tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
6 teaspoons cold water
1 larger box instant chocolate pudding
The chef-in-training can do all these steps then have an adult bake in the oven. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl add flour and powdered sugar. Mix together. Add butter and stir until mixture is crumbly. Slowly stir in cold water and vanilla. Mix thoroughly. Grease muffin tins and spread dough in each of the muffin cups. Press dough up along sides of each cup. Bake until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool.  While cooling prepare instant pudding.  When dessert cups are cool, fill  with pudding and top with whipped cream and berries.
We used custard cups, but muffin cups are usually more available.
Sweetened Whipped Cream 
(adapted from our best bites)
1 c. whipping cream
1/3 c. powdered sugar
Optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
and the scrapings of the inside of a vanilla bean.
Combine whipping cream and powdered sugar in a large bowl.  With an electric hand mixer begin beating whipping cream and sugar. As it starts to thicken add extract and vanilla bean seeds if desired. Continue beating whipping cream until soft peaks form.
Serve immediately with pie, cake, ice cream sundaes, etc.

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