7/21/11

Review and Giveaway: King Arthur Flour

MUFFINS FIT FOR A KING

I love doing easy baking projects with my daycare kids. They love to stir, love to pour, and love to make messes. Today we made Zucchini & Carrot Muffins. Yeah, I know they would rather eat chocolate, but these are really good! I sent my dear husband to the store to get all the ingredients I didn't have, which was most of them. King Arthur Flour was so generous to send me a five pound bag of their White Whole Wheat Flour and a box of their brand new Whole Flax Meal.

Last night, I printed out the Zucchini & Carrot Muffin Recipe from the King Arthur recipe box and got as much ready for this morning's activity as I could. Working with preschoolers means you have to be prepared in advance for just about anything, because just about anything can happen, and it usually does. The veggies were grated last night, so I didn't lose any fingers in front of the kids today. I also cut up the pineapple with my kitchen scissors so no sharp objects would be part of our lesson. This wasn't going to be an "easy" project, so I wanted to make sure nothing went wrong.


So six preschoolers and I washed our hands and gathered around a short table with all these products. We learned new words like whisk, ingredients, measure, recipe, and batter. We followed the recipe step by step as I read aloud and everyone got several turns to participate in the different steps.


We talked about the batter and how the first bowl was filled with a wet mushy batter. We added the grated veggies and I saw several noses scrunch up right away. There's a shocker, I know. But the children were fascinated at how the texture changed with the addition of each new ingredient.


They did fantastic waiting their turn to pour and stir, yet remained focused on the entire activity. I guess it helped that I was silly and made a big deal about it when I "accidentally" made little messes on our table. One of them even told me I was the best teacher in the whole world.


The second bowl was filled with the dry ingredients, including our King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour and our King Arthur Whole Flax Meal. The King Arthur flour and flax were a much better quality than what I've purchased at my local grocer. Did you know King Arthur Flour is America's oldest flour company?


The recipe also calls for Vietnamese cinnamon, but my husband could only find Saigon cinnamon (we think it's the same thing). Then we stirred again.


After all the dry foods were mixed, the two types of batter were combined into one bowl. All six kids watched with interest as the muffin mix was stirred. One child asked me why it was so colorful. I asked what the children's thoughts were on that, and got the right answer from one of them - "Because the vegetables are so colorful!" 


We spooned the batter into the mini muffin cups and popped the pan into the preheated oven. We cleaned up our mess together and settled into our "get ready to go outside" while the muffins baked. Just before we went outside, I pulled these beautiful muffins out of the oven.


Now, I would be remiss if I didn't "test" them before the children, just to make sure they are edible, and these are so delicious that I can't tell they are healthy. My husband nabbed one when he dropped by for lunch and he loves them too. Think the kids ate them? You bet they did. All six of them. Each ate an entire zucchini carrot muffin. Amazing. When kids help in the kitchen they are more likely to try it because they know they made it!

Be sure to visit the King Arthur Flour website, where you can find recipes, baking mixes, high quality flours, ingredients, tools and gadgets, bakeware, and even educational programs. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter as well. They even have an active online community called The Baking Circle, where you can connect with other foodies!

BIG GIVEAWAY NEWSFLASH!

One of my lucky readers is going to win their very own five pound bag of King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour and a 16 ounce box of King Arthur Whole Flax Meal. Use the quick and easy rafflecopter entry form below. You may enter until midnight EST on 7/28/2011. Good luck!





3 comments:

  1. Thank you for this opportunity! :-)

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  2. Yummm. Such a good recipe, I love King Arthur flour :)

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