Monday, June 27, 2011

Week NINE: Recap!

Today we made flavored butter, popovers, and smoothies! Can you believe it's already week nine? Next week's class will be our last one of the session. Good thing we'll go out with a Fourth-Of-July theme bang (pun intended)! :)

Popovers can be tricky to make, so it is important to make sure the oven is fully preheated to 375°F. We made smaller popovers, so we cooked them for less time than the recipe called for. I would suggest using a popover pan if you try these at home -- it will simplify the process a bit. These are a real treat, and are best enjoyed wih a pinch of powdered sugar on top!

I love going to restaurants that have flavored butters. My personal favorite is maple butter, which is so easy to make! Just soften 1 tablespoon of butter in the microwave for about 10 to 20 seconds and add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup. Stir together and voila! Maple butter!
You can also mix butter with your favorite jam, as we did in class. Keep in mind that the proportions are always half butter, half of the other ingredient. Today we made blueberry, blackberry, and orange butter. Yum! A perfect addition to a popover!

This was my favorite part of class today. Each child had a chance to press the pulse button on the blender and they were so excited! This is such a great healthy snack, and the possibilities are endless. Substitute your favorite fruit or even throw in some ice cream for a tasty dessert!

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