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Monday, October 26, 2009

Caramel Apples

As a teacher I sometimes think to myself, are the kids going to remember this 15 years from now? Here is a case of just that: In 3rd grade my class went and picked apples at Carrigan Farms and then we used the apples for all sorts of apple baking projects. One of these was caramel apples. I remember thinking it was the most fun I had ever had at school (maybe because it involved cooking?) and is one of the first things I remember when I think of third grade. So with this Thursday being our Halloween party (we're out on Friday) I'm pretty sure we're going to have to make some of these. I'm sure I can tie it into the Standard Course of Study somehow right???
Caramel Apples

Friday, October 16, 2009

ultimate rainbow

I've been seeing a lot of rainbow cakes all over the blogs lately. Most are 6 layers. This one however, for lack of a better term, takes the cake. via colourlovers

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Easy Pumpkin Pie

We are working on poetry in third grade. Today we touched on sensory language. I took a big pumpkin around and they brainstormed words and ideas for sight, touch, and hearing. They were actually pretty creative with the hearing part and they said it was "nature's bongo". That line was pretty good I thought.

Tomorrow we're going to finish up the senses with smell and taste. Originally I had some canned pumpkin left over from the last holiday season that I thought we could use. Then after having so many students mention pumpkin pie, and most especially their grandmother's pumpkin pie I knew what had to be done.

I had to venture out to two grocery stores to find pumpkin. The first had a sign up that said they would not have any pumpkin until November 1 due to a manufacturing defect. Hmmm... So I went to another store with a well stocked canned pumpkin shelf. I was nearly going to follow the recipe on the back of the pumpkin can until I spotted some pumpkin pie spice and decided to go with it's recipe. So easy, and although I usually prefer a complicated recipe (don't ask why) this one was wonderful for the moment at hand.

Easy Pumpkin Pie

1 can of pumpkin
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1 frozen pie crust

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix pumpkin, milk, eggs, and spice. Pour into unbaked crust and bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Turn oven down to 350 and continue to bake for 40 minutes.

I doubled the recipe and it made 3 perfect pies (note I was using a regular pie crust and not deep dish). I was kinda glad since I was afraid that I would only have enough for the kids and couldn't share with anyone else, or I'll admit, myself.

pics coming up shortly :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Nutella Croissants

I made these last night for a quick snack:

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Cinnamon Rolls

When I was little my mom and I would go shopping at Hanes Mall and the trip was never complete without a Cinnabon. While we sat there eating, I'd watch through the glass trying to memorize the steps that the worker would take to make the cinnamon rolls. It looked simple enough that I thought I could do it myself. So this cinnamon roll recipe let's me live out my 7 year old dream. And they are also the most delicious things ever.







    • Combine milk and butter in glass measuring cup. Microwave on high until butter melts and mixture is just warmed to 120°F to 130°F, 30 to 45 seconds. Pour into bowl of stand mixerfitted with paddle attachment. Add 1 cup flour, sugar, egg, yeast, and salt. Beat on low speed 3 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides of bowl. Add 2 1/2 cups flour. Beat on low until flour is absorbed and dough is sticky, scraping down sides of bowl. If dough is very sticky, add more flour by tablespoonfuls until dough begins to form ball and pulls away from sides of bowl. Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, adding more flour if sticky, about 8 minutes. Form into ball.
      • Lightly oil large bowl with nonstick spray. Transfer dough to bowl, turning to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, then kitchen towel. Let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.


      • Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl.
      • Punch down dough. Transfer to floured work surface. Roll out to 15x11-inch rectangle.
        Spread butter over dough, leaving 1/2-inch border.
        Sprinkle cinnamon sugar evenly over butter.
        Starting at 1 long side, roll dough into log, pinching gently to keep it rolled up.
        With seam side down, cut dough crosswise with thin sharp knife into 18 equal slices (each about 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide).
      • Spray two 9-inch square glass baking dishes with nonstick spray. Divide rolls between baking dishes, arranging cut side up (there will be almost no space between rolls). Cover baking dishes with plastic wrap, then kitchen towel. Let dough rise in warm draft-free area until almost doubled in volume, 40 to 45 minutes.

      • Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 375°F. Bake rolls until tops are golden, about 20 minutes.
        Remove from oven and invert immediately onto rack. Cool 10 minutes. Turn rolls right side up.


      • Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat until smooth. Spread glaze on rolls.
        Serve warm or at room temperature.