When my oldest children were smaller, I did a lot of cooking with the kids.
This past summer, I made my oldest two daughters cook something almost every week. My second daughter is my baker. She makes almost all of my desserts for me. But somewhere along the line, the younger kids got a little lost in the shuffle. Maybe it was because I had older kids to help me. Maybe it was because I went back to work a couple of years ago, and I would come home and just make easy meals. Maybe it is because it is quicker and easier just to do it myself. However, I know that is not good. I want all of my kids to be able to cook when they have their own homes and to have good memories of them cooking with me in the kitchen.
When I was asked if I wanted to review the cookbook, Chef Gino’s Taste Test Challenge: 100+ Winning Recipes that Any Kid Can Cook, I knew this was an opportunity for me to get some cooking time in with my third daughter. She has wanted to cook with me for a while, so using this cookbook was a wonderful mother-daughter moment that she is looking forward to again. She already knows what recipe we are going to make next!
Kristi had a lot of fun first looking through the hardback cookbook. The colorful pages were fun to look at, and the recipes had easy-to-read font with pictures of each recipe. I loved that it showed how to make food I have never tried to make from scratch such as bowtie pasta, corn tortillas, and crepes. The book also showed how I can make those items by using kitchen tools that I already have. Then it took the pasta dough, the corn tortillas, the crepes, and homemade pizza dough and made several recipes with each item. Plus there are many other food recipes and many of them are very healthy recipes. You know as well as I that kids are much more likely to eat healthy food if they made it.
The recipe that we made on Sunday was called Pizza Bowl: aka Bacon and Eggs Pizza.
This recipe takes a Basic Pizza Dough recipe as a base. Here is my basic Pizza Dough recipe that is very similar to the one in the book:
- 1 cup water
- 1 package of yeast
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups flour
Mix the above ingredients together.
Let stand for 5 minutes in a warm place.
Grease a 12" round pizza pan if you are doing a stuffed crust; otherwise, grease 16" round pizza pan. Add up to 1 cup of flour when rolling out the dough. Add toppings. Bake 20 minutes at 425°.
After making the dough, now you can make the Bacon and Eggs Pizza:
- Preheat the oven to 400° F.
- After the pizza dough is made, divide the dough into 4 balls.
- Flatten each ball into a round circle — but have it still be about 1″ thick. We probably made the dough be about 4″ in circumference. Place on a greased baking dish.
- Bake the dough until completely cooked, approximately 12 minutes.
- Take out of the oven. Sprinkle 1-2 slices of crumbled bacon of the top of each one. Then place 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese on top of the bacon. Next break one egg on top of the bacon and cheese. We found it hard to keep the egg from sliding off of the top of the bacon and cheese.
- Put back in the oven for 5 minutes. Finish under the broiler until the egg is done to your taste. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.
We actually improvised quite a bit. We took two portions of the dough, rolled it out, put it in a greased pie plate and made a quiche. We broke up some of the bacon and put it in the bottom of the pie plate. Then we sprinkled 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese over the bacon. Kristi beat 4 eggs with 1/4 cup of milk and poured that into the pie plate on top of the bacon and cheese. We baked the quiche for 20-30 minutes until it was done in the minutes.
Neither recipe was our absolute favorite, but it was all eaten. Kristi and I had fun cooking together, and she wants to do it again. This book would make an excellent Christmas present for any child. You can go check it out HERE.
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