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Top Chef APPLE MUFFINS

A note to self – Do not deviate from lesson plans that work well!!!  Not ever!  I got the bright idea from somewhere to let my classes make muffins from scratch the very first time they were in the lab.  It was a big mistake.  Don’t get me wrong.  Their muffins were very good, it was just so hectic.  They are not familiar with the people in their group.  They know where very little equipment is in the kitchen.  They are not familiar with the equipment.  So no matter how smart and energetic my students are the first lab has to be something very simple to do. It’s too much  for five group members times six kitchens.  And please don’t let one group have what they think is an emergency and my assistance is needed in their kitchen.  For example, an oven gets magically turned off or a glass is broken or the timer is hard to set!  

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Apple Muffins

The first lab of the semester is coming up and there’s a lot of excitement in the air.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that these students continue their enthusiasm the entire semester and that I can live up to their expectations.  Today they were hanging on to my every word.  Moving their chairs so they could see in the demonstration mirror at a better angle. Asking some very good questions.  They were  so engaged in learning.  That is what I want every single day! 

The recipe that we are using for our first lab is a variation of a basic muffin.  I love it because the muffins are not cake which means they are not loaded with sugar.  Most recipes that I have looked at lately have more than a cup of sugar for just a dozen muffins.  That will put them at right over 200 calories a piece.  Add chocolate chips or a sugar topping and it morphs into cake! 

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