My name is Summer, I am a 30 something Southern California native, wife and mother of three. I have always loved crafting, cooking, baking and decorating although I found a career in social services. This blog is a way to demonstrate my desire to create and make a comfortable home for my family and myself as well as prepare meals that I love to make, new recipes and even try my hand at gardening. I hope you enjoy seeing my adventures from time to time.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
A Kid in the Kitchen (Jai's Walnut and Chocolate Chip Slices)
My 12 year old daughter "Jai" is a real mini me, she loves the same types of music, food and decorating I enjoy - I have been a little hesitant about baking with her because I have a fear of the kitchen looking like someone came in and just poured flour everywhere... I know, I know... she's gotta learn right??? Well - I stumbled across a cookies and bars book just for her in JoAnn's fabric several weeks back and here is her first attempt at baking with only mommie's supervision...
2 Sticks Unsalted Butter (plus extra for greasing)
1 Cup Walnut Pieces
7/8 Cup Sugar
Vanilla Extract (about 1 tablespoon)
1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 1/4 Cups Chocolate Chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Coarsely chop walnuts to about the size of chocolate chips (I did this part for her)
Grease a 9 x 13 pan
Beat butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy
Add vanilla extract
Stir in flour
Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips
Press mixture into pan
Bake for 20 -25 minutes
Remove from oven and allow bars to cool
Cut into slices and arrange on cake plate
I was very proud of "Jai", she stayed in the kitchen to make sure her bars came out perfect, she even helped with dishes! To celebrate her first time baking, I had her open my new cake dish set so she could be the first to use it! The bars were super easy to make and really tasty with vanilla ice cream.