We’re back into the swing of our family cooking project with a popover recipe we made yesterday. When I made my menu plan yesterday morning, I asked the kids to come up with recipes to try this week. I know they’ve looked through the Mollie Katzen cookbooks a bunch of times, and made their lists on paper. Since my 8 year old has had plenty of opportunities to cook this summer (including helping me with dinner), I wanted to give the younger ones their own time in the kitchen.
My six year old son made the popovers while I assisted with oiling the pans and doing the other adult tasks. Since he’s average height for a 6 year old, I set him up at the kitchen table which is lower than the counter. The kids prefer to mix with both feet on the floor rather than on a chair at the counter. Setting him up at the kitchen table also gives him more space to work in, and allows his siblings to watch him without being on top of him. His one struggle was with the whisk. Because his hand tired out pretty quickly, he ended up using 2 hands on the whisk. A smaller whisk would make it easier for him.
2 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
toppings – jam, butter
1. The adult preheats the oven at 375 degrees.
2. The adult oils a muffin pan with coconut oil. Use a 12 cup muffin pan or 6 cup. I like to use a pastry or paint brush for the oiling.
3. The child breaks the eggs into the deep mixing bowl, and drops the shells into the compost bin. If this is the first time breaking an egg, show them how to tap the egg just hard enough on the edge of the bowl to make a crack, and then pull the two halves apart.
4. After measuring the milk in a one cup measuring cup, the child adds the milk and whisk it with the eggs. Remind them to check the level in the cup to make sure they don’t add too much milk.
5. The child adds flour and whisks well blended. Point out that well blended means no lumps in the batter. Some children can whisk one handed, and others may need to use two hands until they’re comfortable with the whisk.
6. The adult pours the batter into a 2 cup measuring cup and pour into the muffin pan, or use a ladle to scoop the batter from the bowl and place in the muffin pan. An 8 year old and up child can pour the batter into the individual muffin pan cups, and decide if everything is even.
7. After the adult places the muffin pan in the oven, bake 30 min or until done. Don’t open the oven door during the baking process to prevent the popovers from collapsing.
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