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My entire family really enjoyed the Fixer upper TV series and I swear that my seven year old is a young Joanna Gaines at heart! When the library got in the Magnolia Table Cookbook I couldn’t wait to get our hands on it. Let me tell you – we have NOT been disappointed. I mean with a recipe like Brownie Pie ..how can you be let down?
The thing I truly love about cooking is that I’m exploring this life skill right along side my kids. Part of what I want to do here at Explore Life Moore is help you do things with your kids – and cooking is one of those things!
One big barrier I have found for people looking to get their kids into the kitchen is they aren’t sure what things their kid is capable of! In this post I’m happy to share with you steps that your young child – Sinclaire in this post is 4 years old – can do while you take care of the rest. Happy cooking!
For the full recipe make sure you purchase Magnolia Table: A Collection Of Recipes For Gathering by Joanna Gaines.
Parent and Child Together
Preheat the oven. My four year old doesn’t know what buttons to push yet to turn the oven on and set the correct temperature. Right now, I have her pull over a chair and point out the buttons to push and talk about how the temperature shows on our oven clock.
Grab the butter and chop up the chocolate for the brownie pie. When cooking with my four year old I’m still doing most of the knife skills and measuring – especially when baking where measurements are pretty important.
I recommend Ghirardelli Chocolate!
Unwrap the stick of butter and put it and chocolate into a sauce pan. Stir the butter and chocolate while it melts. I stand nearby and watch but for the most part my four year old likes watching everything melt down and blend together!
While the butter and chocolate is melting I measured out the sugar. If I was cooking this with my seven year old she would be able to do the measuring but with Sinclaire I let her keep stirring!
Parent And Child Step
Whisk in the sugar to the melted chocolate and butter. This step involves both of us because my four year old hasn’t quite mastered whisking motions yet. I let her start, then I step in and give some good whisks, and then let her take a turn. We trade off until the whisking is done. Then we let the mixture cool.
Crack and add the eggs! This one takes some coaching. The first few times your child cracks an egg be prepared to go fishing for egg shells. Still, within a few times I promise your kiddo can do this skill! I teach mine to crack the egg on the edge of the bowl, then use both of their thumbs to press in the cracked spot and dump out the egg. Sinclaire is getting quite good at this but I still check for shells before whisking.
Whisk in the remaining ingredients. The batter is going to start to get thick and Sinclaire at four years old just wasn’t strong enough to whisk it all properly. I stepped in for this part!
Fold in the chocolate morsels and pecans (optional). Sinclaire loved learning about folding and was happy to see more chocolate getting added to our batter! I supervised but she was completely able to fold with a little practice.
The bowl of mix is pretty heavy so I was in charge of dumping the mix into our pre-made pie crust. I also put the pie into the oven as I don’t yet trust my four year old not to dump the pie or burn herself. Then it was time to wait! Once it came out of the oven we dusted the brownie pie with powdered sugar and devoured it!
Children can help with clean up and in our case that includes licking the spoon! This recipe does have raw egg – so use your own judgement on this part! For us, this is just one of the rewards of being the chef!
This brownie pie turned out absolutely delicious! I hope you will feel inspired to bust out your mixing bowls and give it a try. Cooking with your kids is a labor of love with great reward.
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Have you cooked with your kids? What did you make? What challenges did you face?