What are we about here at Bakeroose?

Chef Stephanie Petersen is know as Chef Tess Bakeresse. She is joined in her cooking adventures here on the Bakeroose blog by her two sons, Little Man and Face. We also have regular posts from other Little Chefs who share their cooking adventures. Our kid's blog is a help to moms, grandmas, grandpas and caregivers. We want to help a whole new generation of cooks get excited about the culinary world. If you cook together and have the desire to join our Bakeroose, feel free to send an email to Chef Stephanie Petersen (chef-tess@hotmail.com). If we like what we see, we'll add your story! That simple. If you homeschool, welcome! We have a twice monthly bakeroose class that will be highlighted on this blog as a way to incorporate food science into your child's education. We hope you want to come back again and again. Even better, we hope you like it enough to want to share your cooking experiences and anything you learn along the way! We are so excited to hear from you! Chef Stephanie's main blog is http://www.cheftessbakeresse..com/

Cooking class information can be found here:

Kids Cooking Classes

Any class Chef Tess teaches with kids will usually be added here automatically! So...how cool is that?!

Monday, August 30, 2010


So, my fascinated readers its Ema Bug again.

Here is the second part of my CAKE DECORATING!!! post. So in my last post I explained what we did last week and how I made my cake. Now is the part of how I decorated it. Here are some pictures I took;

My wonderful cake and frosting

My friend, Silly Sam, in her yellow apron

It's on it's way!

Silly Sam frosting her homemade sponge cake

Time for the fondant!!

My blue fondant!!

Silly Sam's and my cakes, all frosted

Silly Sam's, Merisa 2, Mine, Ivy on the wall, cakes.

Merisa 2, another friend, cake finished!

Ivy on the wall, another friend, cake finished!!

My two cakes finished!!

So, I hope you enjoyed! The cake tasted like a muffin (I added too much flour) and was pretty good. Have a good day!!
SMILE!! Your Author, EmaBug


This is Ema Bug everyone.

So, last week, we did cake decorating at our house. We had to make our own cakes and at my house we were out of boxes of cake mixes, so I had to make mine by scratch. I got the recipe of our friends blog, Chef Tess. We haven't eaten the cake quite yet but it looks really good. Here's the recipe:

My Chef Tess Cake mix
dry ingredients:

The dry ingrediants

4 1/2 cups all purpose white flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 1/2 cup sugar
2T baking powder
1T salt
1 cup shortening (or butter )
1T double strength vanilla
Sift flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt through a flour sifter at least once to remove extra lumps. Combine shortening (or butter) with dry ingredients and vanilla in a Kitchen Aid type mixer with paddle attachment. Mix until well combined.

The dry ingredients mixed together

If you don't have a mixer, it also works to cut the shortening into the flour as you would for pie crust and then run the mix through a hand held flour sifter to make the mixture more smooth. The metal flour sifters are available to purchase at most grocery stores and baking sections of Wal-mart or Target.

Yields 9 cups cake mix. If you use butter, please keep your mix in the fridge!

4 1/2 cups mix equal to one boxed cake mix:

The wet ingredients
Combine with 3 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 1/3 cup water
200 strokes by hand or 3 minutes medium speed.

Bake time 350 degrees:
Pan size: 2 8 inch 33-35 minutes
The wet ingredients mixed together
2 9 inch 28-31 minutes
13 by 9 inch 32-35 minutes
bundt 38-43 minutes
24 cupcakes 18-21 minutes
High altitude: stir 1/4 cup all purpose flour into mix. Mix as directed.

More cake mixes to follow as experimentation continues.

My next post I'll post what I did with the cakes.
SMILE people!!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Chicken Noodle Soup with Homemade noodles

The Bakeroose got together for some amazing fun making homemade noodles for chicken noodle soup.
For the soup you will need:
1/2 lb chicken breast or thigh meat, without the skin and bone, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 stocks of celery, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
10 cups of chicken stock (or bullion that is mixed with water, usually about 1 tsp per cup)
salt and pepper to taste (usually about 1 tsp each)
Poultry seasoning (about 1T)
One recipe of homemade noodles (yes...it's here in this post)

1 1/2 gallon pot
large wooden spoon
cutting board
rolling pin
measuring cup

If you have never made homemade noodles before, the directions will be here after we show how to cut the veggies. First up, how to cut an onion. If you are allowed to use a knife, this can be a really cool trick. A lot of adults don't know how to quickly and effectively cut an onion. Let's show them how it's done. First, cut the onion in half right down the center to where the root is still attached to the bottom and the top is still in tact all the way up.

Cut the top off.
Cut the root off, but don't cut too deep into the bulb of the onion. The root will help hold it together when you cut it.

Remove the outer paper-like layer of the onion. Now, make even cuts all the way through the onion, but being careful again to not cut through the root area. Look at the next picture to really get a good idea of what it should look like.

Dolphin Girl cut this one. It's perfect.

Now, Chef Tess held the camera while Dolphin Girl cut the rest of the onion. Notice how we cut all the way through the onion going the other direction?

Repeat that chopping and you will have a pile of chopped onions very quickly.

Combine the chopped celery, onion and carrot in the 1 1/2 gallon pot. Add 1-2 tsp of vegetable oil to the pot and saute the vegetables until the onions look clear. Add the chicken and the chicken broth.
Mrs. Tracey from"Preparing Wisely" Food Storage Store brought this awesome Chicken base that we used for the stock from her store. It was so tasty...and had no MSG. Thank you Mrs. Tracey!

Now, while the chicken and veggies cooked we made the noodles.

I wanted my children to learn how to make noodles without a hand cranked pasta machine. Why? Well, let's just say for argument's sake, they ever where to want pasta, not have dry noodle...and not have a pasta crank? What then? Rice? No...not if I can arm them with the mental ammo to make a good noodle. Use the noodle to make the noodles (so to speak). Look at these noodles...
Whole Grain Noodle dough
yield about 16 oz of noodles
2 cups high quality well ground high protein wheat flour ( I grind my own from Hard white wheat so I know it's fresh).
3 eggs or 3/4 cup egg whites
1 tsp salt if desired. (I use my all purpose seasoning blend)

Combine the flour and salt/seasoning. Dig a well in the flour and add the eggs.
With a fork, whisk the eggs into the flour forming a soft-batter type stuff, soft dough and then a nice rough dough.
Stir well. There may be a little flour left over that doesn't mix into the dough. make a rough ball out of the stuff that sticks together. I clear off my table top of any extra flour and funky dough. Lightly flour counter tops.
Knead the dough a few minutes until it gets well combined and a lot smoother. It will still look a little rough, but the whole wheat is just that way. Divide into two balls.

Take one of the balls of dough and roll it out on a well floured table top, about 1/2 inch thick and 2 feet long.
Fold dough into thirds like a travel brochure.
Roll out the dough again, on a well floured surface until it is about 3 feet long.

Repeat the folding step and roll one last time until it is very very thin, about 1/8 an inch or less. Mine is so thin you can almost see through it. A well floured table top will really help this process...but also some good muscles applying the pressure to the center of the rolling pin instead of the handles.
When rolled out, it is about 5 feet long.
With a sharp knife or pizza cutter, make the cuts for the noodles. Make sure you get through all of the dough and the noodles are about 1/4 inch wide and 12 inches long. Repeat the whole process with your second ball of dough.
Transfer the noodles to a drying rack and allow to air dry a few minutes. This is when I start my water boiling to cook noodles. If you want to allow them to air dry a few hours that works as well.

When the chicken is cooked and the vegetables tender, put the noodles in all at once and cook 2-4 minutes (depending on how long you let them dry). The Bakeroose put them all on a cutting board so it would be easier to transfer them to the boiling pot of chicken and veggies.
Now, it's very important that an adult help with transferring to the boiling water, as we don't want anyone to get burned. Remember it doesn't take very long to cook the noodles if they are homemade. In fact, by the time we had the bowls out...the noodles where ready.

This made a whopping one gallon of soup. Not very expensive, and yet very fun. We dare you to try it.
There you go.