Thursday, August 5, 2010

Cooking With Boys...Muffins That Taste Like Donuts

Donuts. Mmmmmm. I love donuts!

I came across this recipe on The Pioneer Woman's cooking blog, The Tasty Kitchen and thought it would be a great thing for Thane and I to cook this week.

We gathered all of our ingredients in one place. I have found it is a good idea to do this when cooking with the boys for 3 reasons:

1. You can make sure you have everything you need before you get started. No emergency trips to the store in the middle of preparation.

2. Everything is within arms reach and searching for ingredients in the cupboards is not done during preparation.

3. It makes for a nice picture to begin the blog post with.

Last week when we baked my Mother-In-Law's recipe for Kentucky Apple Cake, Thane learned about leveling off dry ingredients with a knife. This week, he was surprised to see the baking powder container had a "leveler" built in! No wasting of the powder because it drops right back into the container.

This is all of our dry ingredients. Thane figured out to measure all of the dry ingredients into a smaller bowl and the wet ingredients into a larger bowl because we were going to add the dry to the wet. Critical thinking skills at work!

During another time of baking, we learned the hard way about cracking eggs individually into a separate bowl and not directly into the bowl the rest of your ingredients are in. Rotten eggs are icky.

Thane is mixing the dry ingredients into the wet. The batter was pretty thick.

This was Thane's first time dividing up the batter into the muffin pan. He did a great job!

While the muffins were cooking, we prepared the mixture for the topping. Thane and I examined the butter stick for the correct amount. He thought it was cool that all we had to do was cut it and not place it in a measuring cup.

These were yummy!


Heather said...

Mmmmm, they look delicious! I want to make a gf version. I also want an oven in my classroom! What wonderful learning opportunities.

zelda said...

Fantastic! I may have to do a similar culinary lesson soon.

My word verification word is "tipsi". Is that a suggestion?

Brittney said...

Heather...I bet they would be yummy gf. I think you should petition the school district for the oven! :o) Imagine how much healthier your students would be having you as their culinary teacher! comment. (ROTFL!)

Nita said...

My boys and I need to make these. They look delicious.

alecat said...

I was just in the mood for a muffin with a cuppa!
They look scrumptious!!

Catherine (aka alecat, Australia)