Bake for Family Fun Month provides an opportunity to share great recipes with the people you love.
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During February the Home Baking Association encourages families to spend time together in the kitchen! Everyone benefits when families bake together – children, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles as they bake!  A weekly theme features book & bake lessons, recipes, activities, and videos at! 
Educators can encourage baking at home.  Teach correct measuring skills while preparing a mix that youth take home and bake with their family. Ask youth to share a recipes or tradition from their family with your class or group. 

Resources are provided to help families with age appropriate tasks and tips for baking together.  Let’s get started and celebrate Bake for Family Fun Month!

A Month of Delicious Recipes!

Your Name Here Pancakes

This fun recipe allows you to spend quality time with your kids, teaching them the importance of
DIY, and learning to spell their name!

Provided by HBA Member C & H
Book & Bake Lesson: Pumpkin Pancakes


Pumpkin deserves a year-round place in classrooms, after school clubs, child care centers, camps and at home. Learn about a native food & promote literacy! 

Measuring Flour: Informative video

Measuring flour correctly is key to making perfect baked goods! 

Easy Viennese Chocolate Raspberry Torte 

Pure decadence! This recipe makes a stunning presentation, and is easy to make. 

Provided by HBA Member Argo Corn Starch
Book & Bake LessonEasy as Pie

Teens or ‘tweens read to and assist with pre-K to 3rd graders. Call on your local senior center, Junior League, 4-H, or FCCLA chapter to lend a hand
Cutting-In:  Video

Cutting-in fats is important for great biscuits, scones, pie crusts and more. Be sure to check out additional HBA videos on other important baking subjects!

Boston Brown Bread: Recipe

Find out about the history of Boston Brown Bread with this convenient recipe

Provided by HBA Member Clabber Girl.
Book & Bake Lesson:  Blueberries for Sal

Learn to make Corncake with Blueberries. The adventures of a little girl and a baby bear while hunting for blueberries with their mothers one bright summer day. All the color and flavor of the sea and pine-covered Maine countryside.

Creaming Butter & Sugar: Video

Creaming is a key step in making perfect baked goods that will delight your friends and family. Creaming is also an important technique that can easily be taught in the classroom. 

Provided by HBA Member C&H

Whole Wheat Jam Bars: Recipe

This recipe is a great Smart Snack that children enjoy making at home, or in a classroom setting. 

Provided by HBA member Texas Wheat.
Book & Bake Lesson: Bread with A Twist

Whole Grain Soft Pretzels provide the backbone of this lesson plan, allowing children to learn the history and traditions of pretzels.

Kneading: Video

Pressing and folding, turning and folding, until gluten strands form and dough is smooth and elastic.


Start A Family Tradition!

Families can learn about special family traditions and also create their own unique traditions.  How about Friday Designer Pizza Night!  Make the dough, prepare toppings and let everyone make their own “designer” pizza! Or maybe it’s a weekend brunch with pancakes or waffles! 

We have a great Chocolate Whole Wheat Waffles Book and Bake Lesson! Visit the Baking Channel and our Do-It-Yourself video library for a variety of recipes, techniques and tips. 

Make It Yours Cookie Recipe

To change it up, try using one of the delicious variations and mix-ins to bake as directed with this "Make It Yours Recipe."

Baking means more than just the cookies, it’s also the time we spend together!

Provided by HBA Member Country Crock


The Home Baking Association joins Family, Career and Community Leaders of American (FCCLA) to encourage family mealtime! A variety of resources and recipes are provided.


Free Baking Certificate

Impress your students and their parents! Complete this fun baking certificate to present to young bakers!

Educator Award Contest

Do you teach baking in a classroom or community program?  Enter a baking lesson and/or baking activity to be eligible to win $1,000 and a trip to the 2016Home Baking Association Annual Meeting. Entry deadline is March 31, 2016!

Dough Sculpting 101 DVD

Dough sculpting is fun for all ages! The DVD includes recipes, lessons, down loadable resources and more than 30 how-to-videos for shaping rolls, loaves, bread sculptures, cookies and more. Ideas for after-school programs, youth meetings, classrooms, community programs or for family fun! Cost: $25

Learn more about the Dough Sculpting 101 DVD
View a sample video clip, Play Clay Dough

Bread in the Bag sample recipe

More HBA Resources click here

Special Bake for Family Fun Offer

All orders received during February 2016 will receive complimentary baking resource packet with baking tools, recipes and booklets for family baking!  

Baking with Friends has received four national awards. Each recipe include a vocabulary word, trivia and family baking activity.  The new Cultured Chef book provides an international flair.  View more educational resources

In the Kitchen with Sharon


Don't forget the Super Bowl this weekend!

Ok, my game face is on!  This year BAKE your Super Bowl team support.  Both teams have famed local wheat flour and cornmeal mills fueling their success.  If you’re not sure what a “flour or cornmeal mill” is, check it out at North American Millers Association.  You’re going to fall in love with milling’s local, historic food connections!

If you’re not sure why flour and cornmeal are important to athletes, check out the basics on eating for duration competitions like the Super Bowl, and for personal fitness.

If all you want to do is bake to dominate with a Denver wheat flour, check out Ardent Mills, headquartered in Denver, CO. They mill Ultragrain® wheat flours, available in most supermarkets in both all-purpose and whole white wheat flours.  I’m liking their Mediterranean Olive Bread, a no-knead batter bread, baked in a casserole!  It’s perfect for a “great spread” or a dip-holding bread bowl! There are a lot more “options” to run with too, check them out here!

Panther fans should totally bake their best with Tendabake® flour and Southern Biscuit® flour and cornmeal mixes from Renwood Mills. This mill’s North Carolina connections go back eighty years. There’s no better Bowl victory food then a Confetti Cornbread or Cheddar Chive Biscuits.

Crockpot your favorite chili OR soup… and it’s game on!


Baker's Glossary

What Is a Biscuit?

"A small tender, flaky quick bread, usually leavened with baking powder or using self-rising flour and is usually a savory (not sweet) hot bread served with meals."

Visit our online Baking Glossary with more than 350 terms!   


Here are quick-links to some of the resources provided in this newsletter:

Thrill of Skill

Tips for Baking Success with Children

Food Skills Check-list

Safe Kitchen Check-list

Why Learn to Bake?

Dough Sculpting 101

How to Wash

Educator Award

Baking Certificate


Home Baking Association
Executive Officers

First Vice President

Tom Payne
King Arthur Flour

Sam Garlow
Shawnee Milling Company

Second Vice President: 
Eric Wall
Cereal Food Processors

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Message from the President


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