Tips for Cooking + Baking with the kiddos {Plus Recipe}

This summer I’m sure you are searching for activities to do with the kiddos. I know personally, my friends are searching for all the kids camps, VBS activities, swim lessons and summer fun days that they can sign their kids up for to keep them feeling active this summer, rather than stumped in front of the television. Well, award-winning chef, cookbook author, bakery owner and mother of three, Megan Romano has crafted together some tips for Cooking + Baking with your kids for a fun summer time activity. (Baking with my kiddos is one of my absolute favorite things to do! Great activity plus a yummy treat to follow!)

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Chef Romano‘s Tips for Cooking + Baking with Kids

-Choose a recipe together for something that all are interested in making.

-Read through the recipe together, explain the method and give a picture of the final product in order to keep their attention until completion.

– Give everyone a job.

– Don’t “dumb down” the recipe; elevate their understanding. In my household, we cook for the kids as we cook for ourselves, so they have built a varied palette and appreciation for good quality food and ingredients.

– Cooking should be a fun activity to bring everyone together; so taste as you go and clean as you go.

– Be flexible if things don’t turn out exactly as planned. Celebrate the results.

 

And now for her yummy recipe: Strawberry Watermelon Granite

Strawberry Watermelon Granite

Granité – Strawberry Watermelon

yield: 6 cups

 

  • . c lime juice
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 c watermelon juice
  • 3 c strawberry purée

 

Method For Strawberry Watermelon

  • In a small sauce pot, briefly heat lime juice. Whisk in sugar and cook until sugar dissolves.
  • Remove from heat, whisk in watermelon and strawberry purée. Strain through a chinois.
  • Pour granité mixture into a shallow pan and freeze.
  • Using a fork, scrape the granité every 30 minutes.

 

Essential tips for granité

  • When freezing granité liquid, scrape with a fork every 30 minutes to evenly distribute ingredients.

·         If left to freeze without stirring, fruit solids will sink to bottom of pan, water will rise to top of pan, and granité will have pieces of ice rather than fruit.

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