Yesterday Aria and I made these delicious light and fluffy blueberry muffins. They were so delicious we couldn't keep this recipe to ourselves. I made 15 of these bad boys; today, we only have three left! Baking is a fun learning experience that we do together often. Not only are we making something delicious, but we are reinforcing her mathematical skills in units of measurement and discovering the science behind it.
2 Cups of Flour
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup of Brown Sugar
1 Stick of Unsalted Butter
1 Vanilla Bean/ 1 -2 tsp of Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup of Milk
2 tsp of Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
2 Cups of Fresh Blueberries
Preheat oven. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time until each egg is incorporated.
Now it's time to add your flour and milk, alternating until well combined.
Throw in half of your blueberries. And fold in the other half.
Fill your baking tin using an ice cream scoop for equal servings.
Bake until golden brown. Enjoy!
The Science Behind Baking Soda
Baking soda is often used in baked goods. It creates a chemical reaction when combined with liquid, acid, and heat, creating fluffy cakes and pastries. As a result, carbon dioxide is produced and makes tiny gas bubbles responsible for the airiness in baked goods. So next time your bake with the kiddos, let them in on the power of baking soda.
Math and Baking
Baking is a great time to note measurements by explaining the different forms of measures used in baking.
Cups (1 cup = 16 Tblsp)
Weight (oz or lbs)
Sticks ( 1 stick=8 Tblsp)
For example, you can point out that one stick of butter is half a cup. Sometimes I like to pull out the kitchen scale to weigh our flour or other ingredients. Remember, you can focus on different areas, whether it's the math or science behind it. Whatever reinforces what they are currently learning.