Monday, May 31, 2010

Little Books for Little Cooks ~ Flower Garden

Little Books for Little Cooks 
 Mini Flower Quiches

  mini flower quiches

These little quiches disappeared so VERY quickly at our house. Green peppers aren’t generally well liked, but the kids didn’t complain one bit as they gobbled them up!

The Book Before You Cook…

by Eve Bunting

Summary: A little girl makes a birthday surprise for her mother. They buy soil, colorful plants and a window box and make a beautiful garden.

When It’s Time to Cook…

You’ll Need:

  • refrigerated pie crusts
  • flower shaped cookie cutter
  • cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 2-3 eggs, depending on size
  • 3 tsp. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 tsp. sour cream
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 green pepper, finely chopped {optional}
  • celery {for garnishing}
  • mini muffin tin
  • non-stick cooking spray
To Make:

flowers collage

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Spray muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray. Be sure to spray the top of the pan as well as the insides of the tins to make it easier to remove the flowers after they bake.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Add sour cream, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, and salt.
  4. Roll out pie crust and use flower shaped cookie cutter to cut out flowers from the dough.
  5. Gently press the dough into the muffin tins so that the edges of the dough form a flower with a center to fill with the egg mixture. You will have to leave room between the flowers in the tin {see picture}.
  6. Fill flowers with about 2 Tbsp. of the egg mixture. Do not overfill since the eggs puff up a little during baking.
  7. Sprinkle each flower with a little green pepper.
  8. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned and center of the eggs are set.
  9. Slice cherry tomatoes and finely chop green pepper while the mini flower quiches are baking.
  10. Pop out the quiches and cool on a wire rack.
  11. Decorate your flowers with a slice of cherry tomato and use the celery as stems/leaves for your flowers.
Hope you enjoy this cooking activity with your little one! To see more featured books and activities, click here!
Little Books for Little Cooks is a bi-monthly feature that focuses on creating some edible fun with your little one.   We will share a fun book to read with your little one along with a cooking activity to do that ties in with the featured book. Sometimes there may be actual cooking involved…and sometimes just fun!


Unknown said...

The quiches are great! I love the way you did the layout. The book is a favorite too. I love Eve Bunting.

Kelly Polizzi said...

these are the cutest! thanks for sharing, i will definitely be making these the next time i have celery in the fridge.

Alison said...

Those are so adorable!