Desserts That Turn Your Kitchen into a Classroom
Are you looking for ways to spice up your homeschool this fall? Try creating a culinary learning experience that will make your kids' lessons more memorable and a whole lot sweeter!
Here are five simple but scrumptious desserts that can create plenty of fun teaching moments in the kitchen.
1. Napoleons. Top off your student's World History lessons with this easy recipe for the French emperor's favorite puff pastry.
36 saltine crackers
2 cups milk
1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup whipped cream
1 pint sliced strawberries
Beat milk and pudding mix on low for 2 minutes. Add whipped cream. Spread 1/3 of crackers across dish. Top with 1/3 of pudding mixture. Repeat layers twice. Top with strawberries. Chill.
2. Mango and Green Tea Smoothie. Refresh your child's Health lessons with this nutritious drink.
1/3 cup loose green tea leaves or 7 green tea bags
3 ripe mangoes
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp. lemon juice
Bring tea to a boil. Remove and steep 5 minutes. Strain and return to water. Bring to a boil, add sugar, and dissolve. Cool. Add peeled mangoes and lemon juice to food processor or blender. Puree, add tea mixture, and blend. Chill.
3. Hungarian Nut Torte. Send your students globetrotting with World Geography before baking this sweet European cake.
12 tbsp. sugar
12 tbsp. ground walnuts
10 tbsp. bread crumbs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 pkg. German sweet chocolate, melted
1/2 lb. unsalted butter
6 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Beat egg yolks with sugar 15 minutes until thick. Add nuts, bread crumbs, and vanilla. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Bake for 25 minutes at 350°F. Cream butter and sugar for icing. Add eggs and vanilla. Add cooled chocolate and beat until smooth.
4. Symphony Bar Brownies. Blend your music virtuoso's study of Teach Yourself to Play Piano with a batch of these harmoniously flavored morsels.
2 boxes of brownie mix
3 Symphony chocolate bars
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Prepare one brownie mix according to box. Add half of the nuts and pour into a greased pan. Place the Symphony bars on top of the batter, side by side. Prepare the second box, add the remaining nuts to the batter, and pour over the bars. Bake 40 minutes at 350°F. Cool.
5. Leche Frita (Fried Milk). Develop your students' language skills with SOS Spanish I while sweetening their culinary craftsmanship with this traditional Spanish recipe.
4 cups milk
1 stick cinnamon
1/4 cup corn flour
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Mix corn flour, flour, and sugar in a saucepan. In a second pan, bring milk and cinnamon to a boil. Add to flour mix and simmer 10 minutes, stirring constantly until thick. Pour into greased pan and refrigerate. Once cold, cut into squares. Dip squares into beaten eggs and flour. Fry until golden brown. Dust with cinnamon and powdered sugar.