Children in the North Augusta Family Y’s Baking Camp watched as instructor Katye Gilliland made a fruit dip on Thursday.
When asked what they could add to make the dip sweet and creamy, the participants’ guesses ranged from different fruits to more cream.
“We’re going to add yogurt,” Gilliland told the group. “It makes it sweet, creamy and fruity.”
“Is it good?” a child asked.
“Yes, and it’s good for you,” responded Gilliland, as she stirred the mixture.
Participants learned baking techniques and how to use different baking utensils, such as a measuring cup.
They made a variety of things, including vegetable soup, Rice Krispie treats, bread in the shape of their initials, tie-dye cookies, rainbow Jell-O and holiday sugar cookies.
Once the fruit dip was ready to be placed in the fridge, the participants got to show their creative side by decorating a cupcake.
Many decorated with two or three colors or flavors of icing and topped it off with their choice of sprinkles.
The baking camp allows the campers to use their imagination and showcase their individuality, said Gilliland.
“We want to get the kids to be creative with the baking projects and give them tips and recipes they can do at home with their parents,” she said.
It’s exactly what Bella Eclavea is looking forward to doing. The 10-year-old’s favorite was the Jell-O recipe and it’s the first one she wants to try at home.
“I liked how we made it,” she said.
Jeremy Glidewell, 10, enjoyed the baking camp because he likes helping out his mom in the kitchen.
“I learned a lot this week,” he said. “My favorite part was getting to make the food.”
About 46 children participated and each received wooden baking spoons.