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Old 06-20-2013, 06:19 PM   #1
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recipe help

I am doing a cooking camp with 6-10 year olds. There are only 5 of them so it can be a bit elaborate.

Anyway, I'm looking for a dessert.

I would like something that is a bit unique.

It should have an ingredient that they probably haven't tried before, or a new cooking technique. Has to be from scratch. It can cook for a long time or sit over night if it needs to.

It should feed about 15.

Any ideas?
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:28 PM   #2
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just made strawberry shortcake with my dd9 and her friend. they loved making it! especially cutting in the butter. they did a better job than me at that part! This could be a simple recipe that could be interesting, too. they could make individual ones and if you want unique ingredients you could include mixed berries that they might not have tried before?

eta, another thought, for fathers day dd9 and I made pioneer woman's baked fudge. it was insanely good! first time my dd had cooked using a water bath, so that might be something to consider. recipe is right on her website
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:33 PM   #3
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What about cream puffs.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:40 PM   #4
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I am doing a cooking camp with 6-10 year olds. There are only 5 of them so it can be a bit elaborate.

Anyway, I'm looking for a dessert.

I would like something that is a bit unique.

It should have an ingredient that they probably haven't tried before, or a new cooking technique. Has to be from scratch. It can cook for a long time or sit over night if it needs to.

It should feed about 15.

Any ideas?
Sadly if you use fruit you can probably easily find one that most kids haven't tried. Rhubarb pie would be an easy one that most likely few have tried. You could do a number of fresh fruit pies or tarts that could include peaches, apples or a variety of berries.

Sounds fun! Wish I could join.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:42 PM   #5
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For camping we like to BBQ bananas, peel back one strip of peel, scoop out some of the banana, put chocolate chips and marshmallows on top, replace the peel, grill. We also like to peel bananas completely, drizzle with honey, wrap in foil and grill.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:45 PM   #6
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Make cinnamon apples in the campfire. You hollow out part of an apple, so that you can fill the core area with red hots. Then you wrap in heavy duty foil and put it in the coals for 20-30 minutes. Then enjoy a baked apple.
We have also made banana boats like the PP said with mini chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. They melt faster, but can be sticky and messy.

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Old 06-20-2013, 06:49 PM   #7
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Thanks

We're not camping.. it's in a semi-professional kitchen at the local rec center.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:02 PM   #8
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I was going to say French macarons, but that would be way too difficult since the cookie part is temperamental.

What about making truffles?

I like the idea of from-scratch strawberry shortcake.
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How about the old recipe Stained Glass Cake? You make as many different colors/flavors of jello and reduce the liquid and refrigerate it thin. Then cut it up, mix with cool whip or whipped cream and put into a graham cracker crust. Refrigerate over night and when you cut it, it looks like stained glass. My kids love this and I loved it as a kid! There are many recipes out there for this and you can get creative with the decorating, sub water in the jello with juices, etc.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:58 PM   #10
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I am doing a cooking camp with 6-10 year olds. There are only 5 of them so it can be a bit elaborate.

Anyway, I'm looking for a dessert.

I would like something that is a bit unique.

It should have an ingredient that they probably haven't tried before, or a new cooking technique. Has to be from scratch. It can cook for a long time or sit over night if it needs to.

It should feed about 15.

Any ideas?
Lemon Merengue Pie. Lots of technique there, many of them probably never had it before. And I've got Lemon Merengue Pie on my mind since I watched MasterChef last night.

Or teach them to make real from scratch cinnamon rolls.
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:03 PM   #11
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Lemon Merengue Pie. Lots of technique there, many of them probably never had it before. And I've got Lemon Merengue Pie on my mind since I watched MasterChef last night.

Or teach them to make real from scratch cinnamon rolls.
These are both great ideas. I LOVE from-scratch lemon meringue pie, and it's relatively easy, although a bit time-consuming.

This is my favourite cinnamon roll recipe (actually, it's a caramel pecan sticky bun recipe ):

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/...e-8d12aadbbe87
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:05 PM   #12
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I tried a "showy" dessert with white chocolate curls on top. (You could add curls to 'most any dessert.) I just used a bar of good chocolate (Ghiardelli ordered on amazon) and pulled a cheese plane across the surface. It curls better if the chocolate is slightly softened. The grand kids tried it and really enjoyed playing with the planer. Then DH had to take a turn.

They could also make a trifle, assuming you have a clear glass bowl to put it in. Any pudding mixed with layers of 'Nilla Wafers standing on edge, or angel food cake pieces layered with Cool Whip (or real whip cream) and/or pudding, with sweetened strawberry halves standing up against the bowl -- the possibilities are endless.
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:09 PM   #13
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What about making some sweet crepes? The crepe technique would be good for them to learn and they could use it in the future for sweet or savory versions.
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:17 PM   #14
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What about something like a pineapple upside down cake? ( FWIW - I would start off with a yellow cake mix...but that could just as easily be a from scratch cake too)

I also think homemade cinnamon rolls are a great idea - "and" work for breakfast too! I am pretty inept in the kitchen, and I can make a mean cinnamon roll!

Or - my last suggestion - a "wacky cake" that just mixes in the pan, but id definitely a from-scratch cake. We used to make those a lot when I was that age (a b'jillion years ago). There are many recipes on line for that.
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:20 PM   #15
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Trifle -- lots of different techniques in a single dish, from whipping your own cream, to baking the cake. Very kid friendly too.
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