Well it seems that since Mouse was able to feature a recipe on my blog, now the entire cast of characters from Blackberry Banquet want to get in on the action. You wouldn’t believe how much commotion can come from just five animals! Bird, in particular, really got her feathers ruffled. So, for the next five weeks each animal will share a favorite recipe. This week, it’s Bird’s turn.
Tweet-tweet-tweet! Ruffled feathers, indeed! It’s simply a matter of fairness! And I know you’ll love making my favorite recipe because it’s so much fun to make with your little nestlings. And it tastes so berry, berry good too! And remember, baking is a great way for little ones to practice measuring, math and hand-coordination skills (okay, I’m just a bird and know nothing of those things—Terry told me to say that!)
Bird’s Berry Good Oat Bran Muffins
Collect and take to your nest:
1 box of oat bran muffin mix (find it on the baking aisle—it’s the kind you only have to add water to)
Popsicle sticks or other stirring tool
Blackberries (enough for 2 berries per Dixie cup)
5 oz. Dixie cups (one for each person)
Electric skillet (yes, you’ll need an extra long cord for it to reach your nest!)
Here’s what the grown-up does:
Lay a sheet of aluminum foil in the bottom of the electric skillet. In a safe location, preheat an electric skillet to 400 degrees.
Here’s what each child can do:
1. Measure 3 tablespoons of muffin mix into their paper cup.
2. Add 1 tablespoon of water.
3. Mix well.
4. Drop 2-3 blackberries into the cup and stir gently.
5. Carefully place the cup inside of the electric skillet (a grown-up may need to do this for younger children).
Place lid on skillet.
Read Blackberry Banquet while the muffins bake—about 15 mins. or so.
Remove muffins from skillet and let cool a bit.
Peel away the paper cup and enjoy your berry good treat!