Saturday, May 1, 2010

Ready or Not Here I Come

Who doesn't love a good game of Hide and Seek?  Especially when you are playing with a young child where "hiding" means they can't see you.  Usually they hide in the same place over and over again, tell you where they are hiding, or hide where they just found you.  Now I love playing this game with my kids, but I recently discovered a way to play this game with food.  Yes, you read that correctly.  It's time to play Hide and Seek with your food.

Hide and Seek Muffins
This is another big hit from Mollie Katzen, author of Pretend Soup.  Which I am happily cooking my way through.

You measure and dump and mix and pour muffin batter in the pan just like usual, then you take strawberries, roll them in sugar to add some sparkle factor, and hide one in each muffin.  When we hid ours, they were still poking out a bit.  But we were also a bit low on batter after a baby on the loose grabbed the mixing bowl and sloshed some of the ingredients out.  We didn't know exactly how much of which ingredients we lost so we just continued as though nothing had happened.  So, maybe your berries will be all the way hidden at this point. 

Then while we weren't looking, our muffin batter baked itself right up over the berries and hid them inside.  Well, in our case it was more like a Peek-a-Boo situation, where not much berry was showing.  But I'm interested to try again and see if they are all the way covered up next time!

These muffins taste just like strawberry shortcake. Yummers!  And while you are eating them you get to "seek" the treasure in the middle.  Sawyer always chose to eat the muffin that had the least berry showing because he loved the surprise of finding the berry in the middle after a few bites. 

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