Right now, we are in the middle of two important week-long religious celebrations…for Christians, there is Easter which is next Sunday, but the entire week has significance as yesterday was Palm Sunday and Thursday is Maundy Thursday and Friday is Good Friday. For those of the Jewish faith, there is Passover, which starts tonight with the first Seder and continues for an entire week. For more detailed information about either of these holidays, you can go to http://www.infoplease.com/spot/easter.html.
I thought it would be fun to see if I could find a recipe from my book for parents of preschoolers that would be appropriate for each of these important celebrations. When you invite your child to help with food preparation, you help build their self-esteem. It is also a wonderful way to teach young children about holidays and traditions that are important for your family.
CHILD-FRIENDLY NOODLE APPLE CASSEROLE
Here is a really simple recipe that is similar to Noodle Kugel, a delicious treat enjoyed by many during Passover week.
You will need: 4 cups cooked wide noodles, 2 eggs, ¼ cup honey, ½ tsp cinnamon, 1 cup grated apple, ½ cup raisins, 1 Tb margarine or butter, a large bowl and a 2-quart greased casserole dish.
1. In a large bowl, combine eggs, honey and cinnamon and beat well.
2. Stir in apples, raisins, noodles and butter.
3. Pour into a greased casserole dish, cover with aluminum foil and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
4. Be careful when you pull away the aluminum foil…there may be a lot of steam!
5. Makes 4 lunch-size servings or many more side dish, snack or dessert servings.
CHILD-FRIENDLY HOT CROSS BUNS
This simple recipe forgoes yeast and uses muffin tins…so easy and delicious; you’ll want to enjoy it all during the year, not just at Easter.
You will need: For the buns: ½ cup orange juice, ¾ cup seedless golden raisins, 2 cups flour, 1 Tb baking powder, 2/3 cup granulated sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, ½ cup milk, 1/3 cup canola oil, 2 eggs, 2 tsp vanilla extract, zest of 1 orange, 3 mixing bowls and a 12-cup greased muffin tin. For the icing: 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, 1 Tb orange juice.
1. Combine orange juice and raisins in a micro-wave safe bowl and micro-wave on high for 1 minute.
2. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon.
3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together milk, oil, eggs, vanilla and orange zest.
4. Add the milk mixture and the raisin mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just moistened.
5. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups and bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean and dry.
6. Remove the muffin tin from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before placing the muffins on a rack to cool completely.
7. When the muffins are completely cool, prepare the icing (in a small bowl, mix confectioner’s sugar and 1 Tb orange juice until smooth) and drizzle on top of each muffin to form a cross.
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