Bake for Family Fun

The Home Baking Association (HBA) has designated February as “Bake for Family Fun Month” and has resources, recipes and activities to help families get started!

Each week you will find designated recipes, baking activities and opportunities to spend time together in the kitchen. From toddler to grandparent – baking is the perfect family activity

Celebrate Bake for Family Fun Month every February when families and educators across the country engage in activities that foster a love of baking!

Week One of Bake for Family Fun Month is all about the basics of baking. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a beginner, it’s never a bad idea to review the building blocks of baking… some of the best ideas come when you start from scratch.

Use the following resources to give you a HEAD START!

Baking Food Safety 101Ten Tips for Baking Success
Thrill of SkillFood Skills Checklist
Safe Kitchen ChecklistMeasure Up
Baker’s Dozen LabsBaking w/ Whole Wheat Flour 101

Important Kitchen Tools for Teaching Kids to Bake

Sharon Davis from the Home Baking Association gives an overview of the basic tools that are best to keep on hand when teaching young ones to bake.

FEATURED RECIPE: Lemon and Thyme Whole Wheat Muffins… lemon and thyme are an age-old favorite flavor combination, and these muffins make your kitchen smell heavenly! Download the recipe here


Sugar’s Function in Baked Goods In baked goods, the combination of sugar’s unique properties makes it an essential ingredient. Download this excellent resource here!

Love and friendship is in the air during week two of Bake for Family Fun Month! Let’s celebrate the ones you love by baking up something special. These recipes and activities will help get you started. Have a happy Valentine’s Day!

FEATURED RECIPE: Red Velvet Cupcakes – these vibrant Valentine’s Day cupcakes are a perfectly sweet way to say “I love you!” This recipe will win you lots of favor with your friends and family.

Julene DeRouchey demonstrates National Festival of Bread winning recipe Chai Ube Rosette Rollscheck out the recipe here!


Book and Bake: Chocolate Whole Wheat Waffles History, Science, Math, Reading, teamwork, technology… there are so many opportunities to present valuable lessons while teaching children to bake. Check out this informative lesson plan and use with your distance learning curriculum. ]

Building a family baking history and traditions may be starting with you. OR, if you’re lucky it may go “way back” to a cherished biscuit, dumpling or sourdough recipe or a daily corn or fry bread.  You’ll find such great traditions baked in week three of Bake for Family Fun Month.


This 100% whole wheat bread recipe features the delightfully nutty taste of wheat in a fine-grained, moist, faintly sweet loaf. Healthy and fun to make… the perfect kind of recipe.

FEATURED BAKING ACTIVITY/LESSON: Young Baker’s Apprentice Lab: Homemade Tortillas – Are you new to baking? Are you teaching a school baking lab of beginners? This Young Baker’s Apprentice series is going to be full of basic lessons for beginning bakers.

Young Baker’s Apprentice Lab: Homemade Tortillas

Check out this informative video about Flour Food Safety

Baking for others can increase a feeling of wellbeing, contribute to stress relief and make you feel like you’ve done something good for the world, which perhaps increases your meaning in life and connection with other people. Let’s make some positive change in the lives of others this week!

FEATURED RECIPE: 100% Whole Wheat Cinnamon Sugar Cookies. These cookies are a crisp, crunchy-type cookie that is good for dipping in milk or coffee! They’re too good to be true… try this recipe today!

White Bread

This lesson will focus on understanding yeast and how it makes dough rise.  You will make two loaves of bread!  One for you and one to share!

Quality Baking Temperatures – Chef Martin discusses the critical importance of cooking to temperature, no matter what you’re baking.

Additional Recipes from
HBA Members

Buttermilk Waffles There’s no better way to get a wholesome, heart-healthy start to your day than these buttermilk waffles provided to the Wheat Foods Council by Gemma Stafford, Bigger Bolder Baking.

Rye Bread This homemade rye bread is light and soft inside with a crusty texture. Experiment with this recipe and try making with caraway seeds or a mixture of flours. Great for reuben sandwiches, grilled cheese, and more!

Al’s Cinnamon Raisin Bread This Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread makes wonderful breakfast toast, and is extremely versatile as it can be adapted to suit a wide variety of dietary restrictions. If you love raisins and cinnamon… this recipe is for you!

Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza This big city recipe is wrapped in the country goodness of Shawnee Milling’s flour and cornmeal. Loaded with hearty vegetables, stringy cheese, and tasty marinara, this pizza is filling and bursting with flavor!

Black Walnut Blondies  Black Walnuts are delicious in some of our favorite dessert dishes, but they are a health food powerhouse that can add a nutritional boost to your diet.  You’ll love this delicious treat!

Honey Corn Dogs Bring the delicious taste of Summer fair Honey Corn Dogs right into your kitchen, with the help of “JIFFY” Honey Corn Muffin Mix. 

Try this delicious Ham and Greens Pot Pie! Perfect for a cold winter day!

Special Diet Recipes

Almond Macaroons This classic almond cookie is moist, soft, and chewy and simply delightful. You’ll find this recipe perfect for a tea party, or an afternoon with your family.

Vegan Gluten Free Brownie Cookies with Black Walnuts These Healthy Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie Cookies are like always getting the edge piece – SO dense and chewy! You won’t believe they’re gluten free and paleo!

Baking Tips, Techniques
and History from HBA Members

Types of Flour – A Reference Guide for Home Bakers

ADM Milling – Farm Family Profile

Meet the Growers

A Cookie Jar Full of Baking Tips

How to Make A Glaze

Bread Shaping Guide

White Whole Wheat Flour Guide

Sugar 101 – Types of Sugar

Sugar History – Timeline Begins 8,000 BCE!

North Dakota Mill – A State-Owned Milling Operation

What Are Cereal Grains?

What About Packaging?

Types of Wheat

Check Out These Great Resources

Free Gift Tags

Baking Certificate

Grades 3-5: Story of Wheat Activity Book

Cooking Matters: Family Nutrition Education Program

High Altitude Baking

Free Recipe Books from HBA Members

National Festival of Breads Cookbook compiled by Kansas Wheat from the 2020 National Festival of Breads is available at no cost. Simply fill out the form in the link above and they’ll mail you a a copy.

Best of Wheat Recipe Book This informative cookbook was produced in partnership with the Wheat Foods Council. You will love these wholesome recipes, perfect for family dinners together!

Now you can view the online version of the famous “JIFFY” Mix Recipe Book. Download your own copy today!

Jiffy Mixes Recipe Book

Cooking with Gourmet Grains Cooking with Gourmet Grains is our cookbook authored by Charlene S Martinsen and published in the early ‘70s. The book has been digitally recreated and is available for you to use in your baking adventures.

Baking Resources for Home Bakers

Want more? Visit our resources from Bake for Family Fun Month 2020 – You’ll find a large selection of Home Baking Association member resources, recipes, and HBA lesson plans and activities

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