Easy no-bake recipe for students
I teach at an elementary school in Japan and would love to do a cooking lesson with them sometime, probably around Christmas.
Does anyone have any ideas for an easy recipe that doesn't require an oven? I'll be able to use their home ec room which has burners, microwaves, and refrigerators.
I work with 1st, 3rd, and 6th graders, but would probably only be cooking with 6th and maybe 3rd... these 1st graders definitely do not need to be anywhere near fire!
Thanks for your help!
1) Oreo truffles - search this board or other sites for the recipe. Basically, it involves crushing creme-filled sandwich cookies, mixing them with powdered sugar and cream cheese, rolling into balls, then dipping them in melted chocolate.
2) Nut brittle. Requires a lot of stirring, and the foaming reaction from the baking soda can be the basis of a science lesson.
With the younger ones, consider a "no bake" cookie or candy -- you could melt the sticky ingredient in the microwave yourself (chocolate, PB, marshmallow, etc.) and they would still get to "cook" and make something.
Or even have them to personal "trail mix" -- limited of course for any allergies -- my daughter's class did this last year. Each kid brings in an ingredient and they all get to make their own custom mix by spooning things into their own zip-top bag.
My mom used to teach 2nd grade and making homemade applesauce (she did it in a Crock pot) was a huge hit -- with relatively little fuss and no kids near fire! Plus it smells good and they get to feel successful.
I don't know if these work for Japanese kids' tastes -- treats can be so culturally specific!