Last week students demonstrated an edible way to practice their kitchen math skills. Math and recipe skills are their least favorite things to follow so I bribe them with food as needed. 🙂
Students received a basic muffin recipe:
Ms. Pins’ Basic Muffin Recipe
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 4 oz butter, softened
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- Combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Beat the eggs in a separate bowl. Add the sugar, milk, vanilla and butter.
- Add liquid ingredients to dry.
- Pour batter into prepared muffin cups and bake 20 minutes.
- Allow to cool before tasting.
Students’ first task is to divide the recipe in half.
Next, using their healthy recipe substitutions research, students modify their recipe.
They make a grocery list for their modified recipe.
The next day I demonstrate the basic muffin recipe by making the basic recipe above. Students make their own recipe. (Remember I teach on a block schedule with 85 minute periods)
Students taste the muffins I prepared and their own. They evaluate the muffins according to flavor, appearance, color, and texture. This Wordle is a good tool to encourage students to use words besides “Good, bad, gross, ok.”
- What specific substitutions did your group make?
- Taste and describe the original muffins according to FACT.
- Taste and describe the healthy muffins according to FACT.
- Compare and contrast the two muffins.
- Name a food that your family eats that could be made more healthy.
- What is the cost of each muffin?
- How does this cost compare to your favorite snack?
- What other resources should be considered when considering the cost of food preparation?
- Is a homemade muffin worth the extra work?