Whole Wheat Pancakes with Very Berry Blueberry Sauce

Hands up if you enjoy eating pancakes! Making pancakes from scratch together is a lot of fun. Flipping pancakes takes confidence, and with practice anyone can master this skill. This special Project CHEF pancake recipe is made with THREE whole grains. Grains are made up of three parts, and when eating WHOLE grains you are giving your body all three parts of nutrition including fibre, protein & healthy fats and carbohydrates. As a bonus, we have a Very Berry Blueberry Sauce to go with the pancakes.

Yield: 20 pancakes
Preparation Time: About 15 minutes
Cooking Time: About 25 minutes

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Whole Wheat Pizza

The great thing about making pizza at home is that it’s easy to customize. In fact, everyone can make their own designer pizza, adding the ingredients that suit their tastes. Making the dough is a highlight as you get to be a part of the process of turning flour, water and yeast into a restaurant-worthy pizza crust. Set a date with the family to make pizza.

Yield: makes six 15 cm (6 inch) pizzas
Preparation Time:  About 2 hours

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Whole Wheat Focaccia

Baking bread might be your best excuse for a science experiment at home. It’s fun to watch yeast come alive in the right environment and work it’s magic on dough. Practice your accurate measuring skills in this recipe and use math to divide the Focaccia into fair amounts for everyone in your household. It’s going to smell heavenly and you’ll want to eat it warm because it’s just too hard to resist. Focaccia is an Italian flat bread. You can use different toppings, however this recipe calls for the classic Italian flavours of rosemary and parmesan cheese.

Yield: one dinner-plate sized loaf
Preparation Time: 1 ½ hours, including rising time
Cooking Time: 25 minutes

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Whole Wheat Tortillas

Tortillas are flatbreads popular in Latin American cuisine, and are eaten at all times of the day. They are often made with corn, a whole grain that is grown abundantly in Latin American countries, but can also be made with wheat, which is plentiful here in Canada. They are readily available in most grocery stores, but often, the package lists ingredients that we don’t recognize! When we make tortillas at home, we know all of the ingredients. This is a fun project to try, perhaps for Taco Tuesday?

Yield: 8 x 20cm (8”) tortillas
Preparation Time: including resting time, about 40 minutes
Cooking Time: about 10 minutes

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Whole Wheat Baguette

Today’s delicious baguette is a whole grain recipe. Canada’s Food Guide recommends that about a 1/4 of our plate should be whole grains. Grains are made up of three parts, the Germ, the Bran & the Endosperm. Each part contains different and valuable nutrients to keep us healthy. White breads have the germ and bran removed. Does it make sense to take away two parts of the nutrition before eating it? We recommend eating whole grain breads to fuel your body with all three parts of nutrition from the grain. Try baking this French style of bread.

Yield: 1 baguette
Preparation time: About 2 hours
Baking time: About 45 minutes

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Naan

Naan a type of flatbread popular in Western & Southern parts of Asia. If you are new to baking, this is an easy recipe to develop your skills and learn about chemical leaveners such as baking powder. A warm and wet environment activates baking powder, creating a gas releasing chemical reaction. These gas bubbles are what make many baked goods rise. Have you ever cracked open a muffin and noticed tiny air pockets (or holes) inside? That’s the result of the baking powder doing it’s job.

Yield: 9 naan
Preparation time: About 35 minutes
Resting time: 1 to 1 ½ hours
Cooking time: About 7 to 8 minutes

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CALZONE

Originating from Italy, Calzones are like a folded pizza stuffed with all of your favourite ingredients. This version is a veggie calzone filled with fresh vegetables and herbs. Practice measuring wet and dry ingredients and develop the art of kneading dough with this recipe. Tasty Tip: If you made the Tuscan-Style Tomato Sauce, this is the perfect opportunity to bring some out and try as a dipping sauce.

Yield: 4 x 15cm calzone
Preparation Time: About 2 hours
Cooking Time: About 20 – 25 minutes

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Eggy Bread Egg Nests

With signs of Spring popping out around us, making bread nests with eggs tucked inside is a perfect family activity for the long weekend. We like to use colourful shelled eggs from Vancouver Farmers’ Markets but any eggs will do. Did you know that the colour of the shell tells you the type of hen that laid the egg? Hen eggs with different coloured shells have the same nutrition inside. This recipe originally came from teacher Laura Clancy who made the nests with her kindergarten class. We have cooked up these nests with other classes and the precious results were taken home as gifts for family members.

Yield: 6 egg bread nests
Preparation Time: About 4 hours in total (25 minutes for dough preparation, 2 one hour periods for dough to rise, 30 minutes to shape dough)
Cooking Time: About 20 minutes

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Potato Gnocchi

Gnocchi, though actually a little dumpling, is used like pasta and originates from Northern Italy. Commonly made with mashed potatoes and flour, these fluffy little pillows can be paired with a variety of sauces. Traditionally served with butter or olive oil and fresh sage, we served ours with a tomato sauce. Try pairing your homemade Potato Gnocchi with Project CHEF Tuscan-Style Tomato Sauce.

Yield: 4 – 6 servings
Preparation Time: Cook potatoes: about 30 minutes
Make gnocchi: about 25 minutes
Cook gnocchi: about 2 minutes

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