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Science in the kitchen

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams
Although obtaining a formal education is important it is also important not to neglect the learning opportunities that abound in everyday life and engage our children in activities that bring the relevance of education to light. The kitchen is a great starting place. Let yeast leaven your bread! The yeast feeds on the sugars in the flour and release carbon dioxide raising the bread by creating gas pockets. There is no better proof to the kids that the bit of yeast you dump out of a package is actually “alive” than when they get to see and eat the results. Basic bread recipe Mix 2 ½ tsp yeast 1 cup of 110 degree water 2 Tb of sugar 1 Tb salt 2 cups flour 2 Tb oil Mix with a doe hook in your stand mixer or by hand until smooth. Slowly add approx 1 cup flour until a stiff dough ball is formed. Turn out dough onto a surface sprayed with cooking spray. Spray your hands with cooking spray also and need the dough until it springs back strongly when indented. Cover in a greased bowl and let rise until double in size. Punch down and shape into a rough cylinder shape on a cookie sheet. Allow to rise for another 30 minutes. Bake in 350 degree oven until its golden brown and sounds hollow with a tap. Make homemade yogurt Are we really eating tiny little “bugs” when we eat yogurt? Prove it when those bugs create wholesome additive free yogurt. Slowly heat 1 gallon of milk to 185 degrees. Allow to cool to 120 degrees. Thoroughly mix in about ¼ cup of plain yogurt. (Label should read cultured milk only) place in jars in a cooler and fill halfway up the jars with 122 degree water. Close the cooler lid and incubate for 3-6 hrs. When you open it your kids will find that the active cultures have multiplied and made the whole gallon of milk into yogurt! Yum! Mix an acid and a base to make cake! First mix 1tsp baking soda and ¼ cup of water in a bowl. Add ¼ cup of vinegar and watch it bubble and foam. If you have a balloon handy mix the two in an old bottle and place the balloon on top. Watch the balloon inflate with the carbon dioxide. This is the gas that will create the pockets in your cake. Test two items to determine whether they are an acid or a base using turmeric and then use them to bake a cake. Mix 1tsp baking soda and 1tb water. Dot a paper towel with this mixture and dot a bit of sour cream on another. Put a pinch of turmeric on each spot. If it stays yellow it’s an acid, if it turns reddish it is a base. Now demonstrate how these ingredients work for us by acting as the leavening agent in a cake. 1/2 c Butter; softened 2 c Sugar 3 Eggs 1 1/2 ts Vanilla 3 oz Unsweetened chocolate; .. melted and cooled 2 c Sifted cake flour 2 ts Baking soda 1/2 ts Salt 1 c Sour cream 1 c Boiling water 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease & flour 2-9" cake pans. 2. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs; beat until light and fluffy. Blend in vanilla and chocolate. 3. Sift flour, baking soda and salt. Add alternately with sour cream to chocolate mixture unti smooth and well combined. stir in boiling water. (Batter will be thin.) 4. Bake in prepared pans 35 minutes or until cakes test clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely. Frost as desired. 
Kevin McGourty
Realty ONE Group - Phoenix, AZ

Wow. You packed a lot in there. Had you thrown in a few chocolate chips -- you would have had me.

Jul 08, 2008 11:16 AM