Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tip of the Day April 14

I love so many of the books I have purchased from Usborne and the cookbook for today is no exception. It is called Starting Cooking and it is a great basic skills book. It is made for children old enough to do some stove top and cutting work; probably around 8-10. It is laid out to teach a few basic skills and has recipes designed for each  skill. I like how simple it is yet it includes recipes that anyone (read parents and children) would enjoy. So many cookbooks for children have recipes I would not even consider eating. Another bonus with this book is that there are Internet links associated with it. I have yet to use them, strangely enough, but they promise more recipes. Audrey and I made Oatmeal Bars. This is something I have wanted to make for a while but have never gotten around to it. I had to keep a close eye on her as it involved the stove top but she did fine.
  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp flour
Heat the oven to  375°F. Grease a cookie sheet with some margarine on paper towels, or cooking spray. Turn on a burner to low heat. Put sugar and margarine into a large saucepan. Melt the mixture gently, stirring with a wooden spoon. When melted, take the pan off the heat. Stir in the oats, egg and flour. Spoon the mixture onto the cookie sheet. Flatten it with the back of a spoon. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 20-25 minutes. The oatmeal bars should be golden brown when cooked. Cut into squares with a rounded knife. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes, then take them out of the pan.

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Stir the sugar and margarine
  2. Crack the egg
  3. Pour all ingredients into pan
  4. Stir and pour onto cookie sheet
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Help stir
  3. Put pan in the oven
  4. Cut the bars
All in all a good recipe. We made them too late to be able to taste so we will save the verdict on how they turned out to another time. I also completely missed getting a picture of Audrey making these. If they taste as good as they look we will be making them weekly and I will post a picture then.

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