INVITES/ 2 values learned fr Brotzeit Junior Chef @ Work
My 10-year old son would always help his momi with the cooking or baking. He would do the batter for our pancakes and waffles, and would even blend the milk with other ingredients for our refrigerated cakes or pies. So when I learned that Brotzeit will be having a Junior Chef @ Work workshop for kids, I readily enlisted my boy. Brotzeit, by the way, is a restaurant just outside Shangri-la Mall and offers world-famous German beers and authentic bavarian cuisine.
That same day after the workshop, he relayed to me on our way home that it was one of his most memorable summer activities. This mother was all the happier to hear the good news.
Let me recount the fun activity for you. You might also want to enroll your kids at the Brotzeit Junior Chef @ Work.
Brotzeit Chef @ Work will happen every Saturday of May. Kids from five to 10 years old will learn how to make their own fladen, cookies, and pretzels. They will have their little hands busy and all dirty as they follow the simple steps to baking. They will be given aprons and will use real cooking tools. At the end of the day, they will surely end up so proud of themselves after seeing their creation. And of course, they get to bring home the pastries they have made plus flaunt to their friends a certificate of completion.
When this mother and her son entered the Brotzeit German Bier and Restaurant, they were greeted by the amiable team of Ms. Malou Gonzalez, Brotzeit PR and Marketing Manager. She then introduced Chef Ivan Maminta. The good-looking chef wasted no time and readied his class for the workshop. Everyone, though all giddy, was all ears, ready to make some dough and mold them into gigantic pretzels. Yes, my 10-year old just learned how to bake some Bavarian Cheese Pretzels!
For the ingredients:
And the fun part began when the eager kids were asked to combine the ingredients. For the six easy steps to make a bavarian cheese pretzel:
1. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, and cheese in a bowl. Add water and mix with hands until it forms a rough ball.
2. Transfer the ball to the table and knead for five to 10 minutes until the combination forms a soft smooth ball. Add flour if the ball is still sticky. One trick Chef Ivan shared with his students? “You would know if you’re done when your hands are all clean.”
3. Roll the dough as long as your arm then divide it into six equal pieces using either a pastry scraper or a knife.
4. Roll each dough into a long skinny rope, about 20 inches long with both your hands.
5. Form the pretzels. Dip it into a bowl of water, sugar, and baking soda.
6. Transfer the pretzels into a parchment lined baking pan. Bake at 115C for 20 minutes until deep and glossy. Brush with softened butter and sprinkle with cheese. Serve hot!
The workshop lasted for about 2 1/2 hours and the energy level of the kids didn’t even dwindle. They were all the more ecstatic to receive their certificate and some gifts from event partner Toy Kingdom. The mommies, on the other hand, received a gift box from Cucina.
I highly recommend this kind of activity for your kids. Beyond learning how to bake pretzels, fladen or cookies, they will surely develop the following:
Baking instills confidence in our children. Knowing that they have started and completed a task helps build or boost their self-esteem.
Baking is all about following directions. And because they are kids, they tend to get distracted by things and movements around them. Enrolling them in activities like baking or cooking is an extremely good way to reinforce following directions.
One applaudable character of Chef Ivan was the way he gave his instructions to the kids. He recited the steps then showed the process to the children. He did not leave my son until he got what was asked of him to do.
It pays to start early. As a mom, I encourage you to enroll your kids now at Brotzeit Junior Chef @ Work. Let them experience the fun of being Junior Chefs and help them develop their confidence and ability to follow directions.
For details, you may check my previous post here.