Category Archives: Cooking

Pancake Day Fun

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Pancake Day Fun

Today we have had a very happy pancake day. Each year we like to do pancake day a little differently and this year we decided the two things we were most interested in were flipping our pancakes and our pancake toppings.

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We thought of everything we wanted on our pancakes and decided on lots of different fruit. Then we chose 3 fruit each to make our very own pancake toppings. We chose from apricots, blueberries, pineapple, fruit puree, apples, raspberries, oranges, pears and banana. We mashed, chopped and squeezed them together. Next we heated our pancakes in a pan over a tealight so we could all have a turn at flipping our pancakes.

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Finally we spread our toppings on and EVERYONE ate their whole pancake!

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We had so much fun we want to make more potion toppings tomorrow!

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5 Currant Buns

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5 Currant Buns

This week the children wanted to learn all about currant buns. We have been singing, counting them, buying and selling them, making shops, drawing and painting them. Mrs Brown even hid some of the currant buns and we had to follow the clues to find them and count how many we had!

Most importantly we have been baking currant buns! We had lots of fun and learnt all about what recipes are and how to follow instructions. We learnt all about how to be clean and hygienic when we cook and where germs come from. We weighed and measured our ingredients and looked at changes as we watched the yeast work and the buns rise.

See how we did it…

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They were delicious! Why not do some of your own baking at home? Don’t forget we love to see pictures of all your great learning at home ­čÖé

Macmillan Coffee Morning

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

We can give the money to poorly people then if they’re better they can sell it to the grown-ups and make the other people better (Lois, Age 3)

This week is Macmillan coffee morning. We thought about why we were raising money and why it is important to help other people.

What does selling mean? 

Tyler – You sell from shop

Lula – Get money

Millie – Sell something you want like eggs and sausages

What could we bake? 

Lillie – Biscuits, mummy and daddy use flour, butter, sugar and a bit of salt and they cut it and they bake it

Gracie – We can get ingredients

Tia – Teachers put them in oven coz kids fingers get burnt

Sophia – Invite mummy and daddy and Summer to get them

Why are we raising money? 

Lacey – For poorly people

Asaad – For medicine from the doctor

Lois – We can give the money to poorly people then if they’re better they can sell it to the grown-ups and make the other people better

 

First we thought about our ingredient list and recipe. We counted what we needed and used pictures to help make our recipe. Then we practised following recipes by making magic mixtures and counting out spoonfuls of sand and beads.

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Next it was time to go the shops, our parents came with us on a little trip to the shop and we followed our shopping list, chose ingredients and paid for what we needed.

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Then it was time to bake! We carefully followed our recipe to make cookies and baked them in the oven.

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Here is our cookie recipe…

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We hope that we have raised lots of money for a great cause. Thank you to all the parents who donated money and joined us on our trip to the shops, thank you!

 

Tealight Pancakes

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Tealight Pancakes

Yesterday we celebrated pancake day, we decided to make our pancakes a bit differently this year, the children cooked the pancakes!

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First we mixed up the pancake batter then we poured it into a little tin. Very carefully we lit a tea light candle and put it in a holder. We thought about how to keep ourselves safe. Then we put the tin over the candle, because it was made of metal the tin got hot so we added a peg to hold onto.

 

We watched the mini pancakes cooking. We could see them changing colour and changing from liquids.

Abraham – “When it’s cooked it won’t be wet anymore”

Paige – “I can see smoke (steam) it’s very hot”

Olivia – “You got to stay back”

Romeo – “I can see bubbles, its cooking”

Yusuff – “When it is cooked the pancake changes colour then you can toss it in the air”

Caitlyn – “I smell pancakes!”

We tried adding different amounts of mixture and cooking it for different times to see what happened.

We used the spatula to carefully turn our pancakes over. Then we added toppings.

We had lots of fun cooking the pancakes ourselves, we had to work very carefully and safely. As the pancake cooked slowly we could watch all the changes that happened. We liked being able to use the spatula ourselves to turn the pancake over. We also had some different flavours of pancake to try, lemon was our favourite!

How can you continue learning at home?

Being able to see how things change really helped the children to understand what was happening. At home you could cook together and watch how things cook.

The children loved it when they could see, hear and smell the changes that were happening. Why not try this at home by making your own play dough, helping to cook dinner, baking together, making popcorn or cooking pancakes?  Can the children talk about what they can see, hear and smell?

Elephant Baking

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Elephant Baking

This week we have been doing some elephant themed baking ready for Macmillan Coffee Morning (Today) and Grandparent’s Afternoon Tea (on Monday).

We decided to make elephant cake pops. They were a bit messy!

First we crumbled up cake and mixed it with frosting. Then we rolled it into balls and popped it in the fridge.

 

After that we melted white and blue chocolate over a candle so the children could watch it change. Then we dipped the cake pops in and added buttons and icing for the elephant’s face.

 

 

After a few melted elephant faces we also made some sparkly cake pops…

Then we made Elmer biscuits. We mixed our ingredients and rolled them out and cut them into elephant shapes.

Once they were baked we decorated them with icing sugar and smarties.

Once all our baking was finished we took them to be sold for Macmillan Coffee Morning and bought some of our own!

We had a lovely time baking. We hope everyone enjoyed our elephants!

Home-Made Apple Crumble

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Home-Made Apple Crumble

After our fizzy apple experiments there were still lots of apples left over so we decided to make apple crumble.

First we decided how many apples we could need. We counted the children then counted out apples for the crumble, we added a bit extra so the grown-ups could try some too!

Then we cut the apples into small pieces. We had to be very careful when we used the knives so we took it in turns and told our friends how to hold them safely.

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Once all the apples had been cut we put them in a bowl and sprinkled a little sugar on them.

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Next it was time to make the crumble. We followed the pictures on the recipe and mixed the right amount of butter, sugar and flour together.

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After that we had to make it crumbly. We pinched it with our fingers and rubbed it together to make it crumble into little pieces. We all took it in turns to make the crumble.

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When we had made the topping we sprinkled it over the apples in the bowl. We had to make sure all the apples were covered. Finally it went in the oven to bake. Once it was cool we all had a taste, it was delicious.

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