Monday, August 24, 2015

Kids in the Kitchen: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Baking with the girls AND taking pictures can be a little very challenging, so I try and do it when Dave is home - he's my photographer.
Last weekend Lauren and I decided that we wanted to bake something. As usual, she wanted cookies or a cake. But after some convincing, we agreed on muffins.


As I was putting on Lauren's apron, I heard a little voice saying, "Me too! Me too!". It was Olivia wanting to help bake. And of course she wanted to wear an apron too.
Olivia doesn't have her own special apron yet, so she has to wear whatever we have kicking around. This time it was a vintage Montréal apron that I've had for years. That's the life of the second child...

And yes, before we even
started she had a dirty face...
two words - Second. Child

Like most kids their age, both girls have A LOT of energy. Getting them to sit at the table and focus on anything is close to impossible. At supper time, Lauren will get up and go do her "exercises" and then come back and eat. We get it, she needs movement breaks.
But when they bake, they will sit at the table for as long as I let them. They love it!


When we went grocery shopping we weren't totally sure what kind of muffins we were making, so we bought the necessities, (oats, chocolate chips, brown sugar etc.) and figured we'd decide when we got home.

Since the girls love raisins, and raisins and oatmeal pretty much belong together, we decided to make oatmeal raisin muffins.
But, I forgot to buy raisins. So we used chocolate chips instead.




The girls helped measure and mix the dry ingredients and I know it's kind of lame, but I did the rest of the ingredients like the molasses, milk and eggs. In my defense it was Sunday afternoon, we'd had a busy weekend and I was tired. The last thing I wanted to do was clean up spilled sticky molasses or eggs.


They don't even fight when they bake!

A speaking of chocolate chips...


 I let the girls choose what kind they wanted. Not that they know the difference between semi-sweet and milk chocolate, but I like to give them choices. And a certain three year old has long arms that likes to grab things, like chocolate chips, off the shelf.  They ended up choosing swirled milk & white chocolate chips.



The girls approved of those crazy swirled chocolate chips and most of them made it into the muffins. 


The recipe I ended up using was from The Company's Coming Muffins & More book - no surprise there!

Serving bowl by Joseph Réal Design

I didn't make any changes to the recipe other than the baking time.

 Oatmeal Muffins:
(Recipe Company's Coming, Muffins & More)
Makes 16-18 muffins.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup - Flour
1 cup - Rolled oats
1/4 cup - Brown sugar, packed
1 Tbsp - Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp - Salt
1/4 Tsp - Cinnamon
3/4 cup - Raisins or chocolate chips (or both!)

1 - Egg
2 Tbsp - Molasses
1/4 cup - Cooking oil
1 cup - Milk
1 Tsp - Vanilla

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Mix first 7 ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre.

In a small bowl, beat egg until frothy.
Mix in molasses, cooking oil, milk and vanilla.
Pour into well.

Stir only to moisten. Batter will be lumpy.

Fill muffin tins 3/4 full

*Bake for 13 minutes.


*The recipe says to bake the muffins for 20-25 minutes. I baked the first batch for 17 minutes and they were a bit over baked. The second batch I made I baked them for 13 minutes and they were perfect.


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