Kids Cook with Books – The Beeman

The Beeman - Kids Cook with Books

This month, Kids Cook with Books is featuring the book, The Beeman, by Laurie Krebs.  This is a story about a beekeeping grandpa who takes his grandson out to take care of his beehives.  Throughout the tale, we learn about how bees live, produce honey, and their importance in our ecosystem, a particularly valuable message now that our country’s bee populations are struggling for survival.

Join the Fun – Here’s How:

  1. Please leave a comment below, saying that you’re joining Kids Cook with Books this month and reading The Beeman.
  2. Get a copy of our featured books using the links above or from your local library.
  3. Read the book together…
  4. ….then bring the kids into the kitchen and cook our featured recipe together.
  5. I would LOVE for you to share your photos on Instagram using the hashtag: #KidsCookwithBooks and please tag me too (@whatscookingwithkids). Or, if you aren’t an Instagram junkie, like I am, then I’d love for you to share them on Facebook.
  6. Tune in next month for May’s Kids Cook with Books.

Featured Recipe for The Beeman

Honey Cake
Adapted from the Smitten Kitchen

3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
5 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (alternatively, use: 4 tsp. ground cinnamon, ½ tsp. allspice and ½ tsp. ground cloves)
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil (such as canola or grapeseed)
1 cup honey
1 cup warm coffee or tea (or you could substitute apple juice)
¾ cup orange juice
3 eggs

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a bundt pan by spraying it thoroughly with non-stick spray, or wiping the insides with vegetable oil. Then, line the bottom of the pan with pieces of overlapping parchment paper to prevent sticking. If you don’t have a bundt pan, this recipe makes enough batter to fit into three loaf pans.
  3. In a large bowl, mix all of your dry ingredients.
  4. Stir gently to combine.
  5. Add in your wet ingredients, making sure that the coffee is warm and not hot. Otherwise, the hot coffee would cook the eggs!
  6. Mix to combine all of the ingredients. You can use a stand mixer, a hand mixer or a spatula.
  7. Double check your pans to make sure they are well sprayed (and your bundt is lined with parchment)
  8. Pour in the batter.
  9. If you are using a bundt pan, bake for 45 minutes and then check for doneness. It might be ready now, or it could take as long as an additional 10 minutes.
  10. If you are using loaf pans, start checking for doneness at 30 minutes, and it may take up to an additional 10 minutes.
  11. Let the cake stand for 15 minutes before removing from the pan.

Note: Check to see if cakes are ready by inserting a toothpick into the thickest part of the cake.  When you withdraw the toothpick, it should be relatively clean with no wet batter clinging to it.

2017 Kids Cook with Books

2017 Picks for Kids Cook with Books

With the new year around the corner, I thought I’d share our list of Kids Cook with Books picks for 2017! They would make excellent gifts for the young chefs in your family.

  1. January: Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
  2. February: Everybody Cooks Rice, by Norah Dooley
  3. March: Strega Nona, by Tomie dePaola
  4. April: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett
  5. May: The Beeman, by Laurie Krebs
  6. June: Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles, by Shan-Shan Chen and Heifi Goodman
  7. July: How to Make Cherry Pie and See the USA, by Marjorie Priceman
  8. August: Thunder Cake, by Patricia Polacco
  9. September: If You Give a Pig a Pancake, by Laura Numeroff
  10. October: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  11. November: Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown
  12. December: Sweet Potato Pie, by Kathleen Lindsey


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