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Can You Bake Better than a 5th Grader?

07/20/2013 @ 11:15am


All of these dishes and more were entered in the all new Dish This! competition at the 2013 Franklin County Fair in Hampton, Iowa4-H members could enter one dish in each of these five categories:  Appetizer / Snack, Salad / Side Dish, Main Dish / Bread / Desserts 

Entries were scored on presentation, taste, and use of Iowa-grown food products When selecting their recipes, participating 4-H members really had to think about which of the ingredients were made in Iowa For example, Iowa-made Cookie’s Barbecue Sauce was used to top some of the pork and beef dishes Blue Bunny® ice cream was featured in several desserts An award-winning taco salad used every ingredient fresh from the backyard garden.

4-H’ers were also asked how they could promote Iowa-grown productsSocial media is a great tool for sharing recipes and educating others about where their food comes from(#agvocate!) You can also promote homegrown or local foods whenever you have company or take a dish to a church gathering or community potluck.

Because soybeans are such an important part of our business, we like to promote the use of soyfoods like Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with tofu Our daughter won a purple ribbon with them at the county fairThese cookies are moist, delicious, and "oh soy” delicious!  Bake and batch and see if you agree.

“Soy Good” Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:
  • 2½ cups oatmeal
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • ¼ cup soy flour
  • 1 tspbaking soda
  • 1 tspbaking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tspvanilla
  • ½ lbsoft tofu, drained
  • 12 oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
  1. Sift together oatmeal, flour, baking soda, and baking powderSet aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine: butter, sugars, and vanilla until smoothIn a food processor or blender, process tofu until smoothStir into sugar mixture.
  3. Stir in flour mixture 1 cup at a time until combinedStir in chocolate chip mixture.
  4. Drop by rounded teaspoons on ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart

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