Teaching Cooking

I have taught basic cooking to my seven children and to classes of elementary children. When my youngest daughter wanted to learn, I found that taking the recipes and making them into a step-by-step format made it easier for her, so here is a blog to hopefully make cooking easier for the beginner.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Zucchini Bread

3 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon

  1. Beat eggs, sugar, canola oil, vanilla extract, and zucchini together in a large bowl until well combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together unbleached flour, white whole-wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients into the zucchini mixture, a little at a time, stirring until just combined.
  4. Pour the batter into two 4 x 8 loaf pans that have been greased and floured.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes.  Check with a toothpick in the middle to make sure it is done.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Mix together:

1 cup oil  (to make a low fat version, use 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup applesauce)
2 cups sugar
3 eggs

Mix well and add:
1/2 cup of cocoa
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp vanilla

Stir in 2 cups of shredded zucchini.

Pour in a greased 9 x 13 pan.  Sprinkle chocolate chips on top if you want.

Bake at 325 degrees for 40-45 minutes.  Check that the top springs back with you touch it in the middle to make sure it is done.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Caramel Popcorn Balls (No Bake)

 Caramel Popcorn Balls
8-10 cups
Popped Popcorn
½ cup
1½ cups
Brown Sugar
1 cup
Light Corn Syrup
1 cup
2 tsp
White Vinegar
½ tsp
½ cup

Combine sugar, syrup, water, vinegar and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir frequently. 
Once mixture begins to boil reduce to low heat and stir in butter until melted. 
Combine syrup and popcorn in a large bowl until popcorn is coated. 
Let cool and shape mixture into balls. Make about 12 balls.