The little girl had a project for school – “What I Want to Be When I Grow Up”. It’s nothing new. A couple of years back, she had a similar project. The difference? Last time, she wanted to be a teacher, specifically teaching young kids how to bake and cook. This time, she wanted to be a baker with her own pastry shop!
The project this time around is more elaborate; the rubrics specified not only props but materials that showed realism, as opposed to a slide show. Good thing the little girl really knew how to bake, after all, she has been my assistant since she was 2-1/2 years old! In fact, she had made pancakes by herself (doing all except fire up the gas range), chocolate cupcakes (with chocolate icing, who cares if the frosting was messy), and granola bars! She even has her own cookbooks (age appropriate, of course!)
So, anyway, for this project, she prepared a short script (or should I say I prepared most of the script 😛) and brought our her tools (her Uncle M gave a baking set for kids that’s for actual use). Her coup de grace? The actual product!
In the interest of full disclosure, though, this is not a recipe that she did all by herself. Project submission was in the middle of the week so she didn’t have time to everything herself, given her other school assignments. But she helped and I have no doubt she could pull it off all on her own.
We got the recipe from this book –
But, as always, with slight changes. We had originally planned to make cookies but at the end of the recipe there was a note on how to make them in a pan. We thought it was better, especially for presentation.
Our adaption of the recipe:
1-1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup soft butter
1-1/2 cups raw sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups old fashioned and/or quick cooking oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
Preheat oven to 350*F. Line a 13×9-inch pan.
Combine the flour, cinnamon and salt together; set aside.
Beat butter with sugar until light and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in vanilla.
Stir in the flour mixture. Fold in oats. Reserve 1/3 cup each of the chips for topping and fold the rest into the dough.
Spoon into the prepared pan, smooth top with spatula. Sprinkle the reserved chips all over. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until done. Do not overbake or the bars will be hard.
Slice into bars or squares when fully cooled. (We cut ours into bite-sized squares and wrapped them in colorful cellophane.)
The verdict? “Sooo yummmy!” the little girl said.
Oh, and she got an A on her project!
😜 😜 😜 😜