Quarantine Cooking with Young Kids

. April 3, 2020.

When in doubt, I cook. This period of self-isolation has provided ample opportunity for me to indulge my inner child with my actual children. Yesterday, we played some videos on the Google Display and made a great recipe I found in The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs from America’s Test Kitchen. It’s easy to make, easier to devour, and it has fruit in it, so it’s healthy, too!

Tahini-Banana Snack Cake

  1. Set oven to 350 degrees and line an 8-in square metal baking pan with parchment paper
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 ½  cups of flour, ½ tsp salt & ½ tsp baking soda
  3. Peel and mash 3 ripe bananas in a separate bowl – about 1 cup worth
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened, 1 ¼ cups sugar and ⅓ cup tahini and beat until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes
  5. Add 2 eggs, one at a time, and beat for 30 seconds each. Add mashed bananas and ¾ tsp of vanilla extract and beat for 30 seconds more
  6. Carefully add the flour mixture, with the mixer on low speed and mix for 1 minute Slowly pour in ¼ cup of milk with the mixer running and combine for 30 seconds
  7. Stop mixer. Add remaining flour and mix until well combined, about 1 minute
  8. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and pour batter into cake pan.
  9. Sprinkle 2 tsps sesame seed (optional)
  10. Bake for 40-50 on middle rack until golden brown

Baking Playlist

    1. Happy by Pharell Williams
    2. Roar by Katy Perry
    3. Thunder by Imagine Dragons
    4. Puff the Magic Dragon 
    5. Herman the Worm
    6. I’m a Gummy Bear
    7. Firework by Katy Perry
    8. Old Town Road by Nas X
    9. Stressed Out by 21 Pilots
    10. Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake

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