Black Bottom Cream Cheese Cupcakes
Sensory Objectives: Let’s compare the smell of vinegar to vanilla. The recipe needs both. You will not be able to pick out either when the cakes are made, but we need both for flavor. Would nuts or sugar change the texture?
Language Objectives: What will the cream cheese mixture do? What does “black bottom” mean? Discuss the word “texture” in the way it is used in sensory objectives.
Grandma’s Apple Cake
Sensory Objectives: Streusel can be blended with your fingers. It will feel both soft and gritty due to the sugar and flour. It will also feel a bit oily as the butter warms from your hands.
Language Objectives: What category do apples belong to? What are some other kinds of fruits? Where do they grow? Do all fruits grow on trees? What are some of the parts of an apple (seeds, core, flesh, stem, skin, etc.)? How would you describe it? It’s crunchy, juicy, sweet, round, red or green or pink.
Description: Vanilla bean Crème Brûlée.
Sensory Objectives: Crème brûlée has a creamy custard, but it’s crunchy on top. Feel the two textures together in your mouth. Do you like them together or would you rather eat them separately?
Language Objectives: The recipe says to bake until “set” but still “wiggling”. What does that mean?
Description: Wonderful banana and chocolate chip dessert.
Sensory Objectives: Mashing bananas can be tricky! Do they look like mush? Do you want to feel the bananas? They might be slimy. Do you like the smell of banana and vanilla together?
Language Objectives: Bananas that are green are high in starch and low in sugar. Ripe bananas are high in sugar. The starch turns to sugar as they sit on the shelf. Do you like eating bananas green, yellow, spotted brown? Do you think green bananas would work well in this recipe? Why or why not?
Orange Chocolate Bundt Cakes
Description: Wonderful orange and chocolate chip dessert.
Sensory Objectives: Zesting the orange will release oils and there will be an intense orange scent, and the zest will even feel oily. The batter will become very light and fluffy. Feel the batter.
Language Objectives: Why is it called a bread? Should it be a cake? It might just be the shape of the pan.
Brownies in a Mug
Sensory Objectives: The smell of the chocolate cooking is the best! Use your eyes to be sure the cake looks cooked. Will the mug be hot?
Language Objectives: Microwave ovens are really convenient because they heat food really fast. They send out energy waves that heat the molecules in food. Do you have a microwave? Does your family use it much? Are there rules you have about using the microwave? You have to be careful not to put metal in the microwave. It can damage your microwave oven or start a fire.
Raspberry Cream Cheese Pie with Chocolate
Description: Fresh berries on a creamy pie with chocolate flakes on top.
Sensory Objectives: The crust is crunchy, the filling is fluffy, and the berry topping is juicy. What happens when they all come together?
Language Objectives: Which part is sweet? Which part is tart? Which ingredients are rich? Where is the chocolate?