Here is our Monday recipe courtesy of our contributing cooking author Kim Bernard. You can check out her blog here for tons of great ideas! Today's idea is super easy for you and your kids to try out, and has some fun ways to build English, math and logic skills using the steps of cooking!
When I home schooled my kids years ago, they loved to cook. I would use cooking as part of my English (reading the recipe), math (measuring) and logic skills (following the recipe steps in the correct order) curriculum. In a recipe like this you can also use it in a science curriculum – reactions – buttermilk and baking powder reacts with the flour to make it rise. One of the easiest and most fun recipes to use, especially with younger children is to make some sort of dough. And the easiest dough to make is biscuit dough. In the past I’ve used pre-made biscuit mixes which are just the dry ingredients that you would use if you were to make them from scratch. So why not just make them from scratch. They’re not hard and the kids can help measure all the ingredients. The following recipe is an old stand by basic recipe but it’s a good one!
This is the time to let the kids get in there and mix the flour and butter together. It can be mixed and manipulated as much as you want while it’s dry. Once you add the buttermilk, that’s a whole other story. So while the ingredients are dry, let the kids go crazy! Once the butter and flour is incorporated then it’s time to add the buttermilk. Add about ¾ of it to see just how wet the dough it. Wet is good.
Gently mix the buttermilk into the flour mixture until it’s just combined. The less mixing the better. Now turn the dough out onto a floured board. Gently pat the dough into a 1 inch thick circle. To cut the biscuits, you can use a biscuit cutter but I always used a glass, dip it into some flour so it doesn’t stick.
The most important thing when making any kind of dough is not to overwork it or it will become tough. This is especially true for biscuits. But now the biscuits are done, you need something to put on them. Why not some homemade butter?