We LOVE Corn – do you? How about cooking with kids to make Corn Cake and fruit? YUM!

Cooking with kids using fresh ingredients is the best. We love corn and grow our own – so summer fun includes not only throwing corn into boiling water for just a few minutes after picking – or finishing corn on the BBQ, but also making corn cakes. It tastes a bit like sweet corn bread with fruit and the kids love it. Of course cook with music – makes life happier all day – try my inspirational song  ” Start the world all over again”. By the way in the picture of our corn in the early stage of growth below – you will see flax seed growing too. That is because we feed our chickens and quails flax seed to make their eggs more alpha omega rich – and so the manure that we use for fertilizing our vegetables and corn, has some of the seed in it – and voila – flax grows alongside our corn! Don’t you love and appreciate the miracles of nature and urban farming? We certainly do!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2  large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries cut into slices
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. Coat a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray; line bottom of pan with wax paper. Coat wax paper with cooking spray.
  3. Combine corn and next 5 ingredients (corn through eggs) in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. The kids can do this – and love to turn the blender on and off. Careful of those little fingers!
  4. Lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Kids learn to do this quite well after a few tries.
  5.  Combine 2 cups flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk. This is definitely a kids job!
  6. Add corn mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Kids love this too. Expect some finger dipping for tasting here!
  7. Toss strawberries with 2 tablespoons flour; fold into batter.  Of course a snack or two on strawberries on the side is to be expected when cooking with kids!
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  9. Bake at 325° for 1 hour or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  10. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack.
  11. Remove from pan and carefully peel off wax paper.
  12. Cool completely on wire rack.
  13. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

Adapted from a recipe in Cooking Light July 2002

About Grandma

I have reinvented myself many times during my life -teacher, lawyer, business woman, CEO, Entrepreneur, Board member, Professor, Mom, Wife, Farmer, Chef, Musician, Author and now my best role of all – Grandma to multiple grandchildren, grandnephews and nieces worldwide.

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