Baking is such a good activity for children to explore maths, science and technology. Technology as in intervention by design, or product development, if we just lay out the ingredients for children to explore, they might come up with a new ‘product’.
Single serving recipes
The following recipes is for one, children could follow the recipe to make their own muffin, cake…etc. They learn about measuring, volume, texture, chemical process (batter into muffin), achieving an end product with raw ingredients.
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a single muffin cup (or use a Reynolds tinfoil liner) and set aside. Add all ingredients in order to a small mixing bowl, then stir until completely combined. Transfer to muffin cup and bake 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Applesauce Bran Muffin
- 2 tsp old fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
- 3 tsp wheat bran
- 4 tsp non-fat milk
- 3 tsp whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tsp egg beaters
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. splenda
Mix all ingredients together in a ramekin or single serving container sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Microwave on high for 1 to 1.5 minutes. Allow to cool before enjoying!
Number of Servings: 1
5 minutes Chocolate Cake
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
a small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug
Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract,
and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake
will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and
tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).
Various single-serving cupcakes