More Colorful Meals with Egg White Paints
Winter can be a little cold and dreary. The children are often trapped indoors and under foot. (Especially in Washington were we are more likely to get rain than snow.) This makes it an ideal time to bring color into your kitchen and your meals with Egg White Paints. These culinary paints not only brighten up a winter meal, they are also a good way to keep the little ones occupied for a time. Hopefully providing you with a few moments of peace and sanity. (Peace and sanity not guaranteed.)
These culinary paints are perfect for painting sugar cookies or cut-out breadsticks. I have included both recipes for your use. The cookies require an hour to chill before painting. The breadsticks require a bread machine and one and a half hours in the machine before painting. Also, the breadsticks do not keep well, but they taste delicious fresh from the oven. (On a side note, I prefer to substitute a half cup wheat flour for a half cut white flour. The breadsticks taste a little heartier and are healthier.)
Egg White Paint is simple and quick to make. The paint requires no special materials. All that is needed is an egg white, water, food coloring, water color paint brush(es) and container(s). Simply mix the egg white with 1/4 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons water and mix. Divide the mixture into the number of containers needed for the colors you wish to create. (For younger children two colors will be sufficient.) Then add your (or your child's) choice of food coloring to each container. The paint is now ready for your child to paint on cookies or breadsticks with a water color paint brush for a colorful treat at the dinner table.
- 10 tablespoons water
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups bread flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
- course salt
Add all ingredients except course salt to the bread machine. Choose the dough setting and press start.
Grease baking sheet(s). Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
When dough is ready, punch it down and roll flat. Cut into desired shapes. Paint with Egg White Paints. Sprinkle with course slat.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cups shortening
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 4 teaspoons milk
Shift together flour, baking powder and salt.
Cream shortening, sugar and vanilla together. Beat in the egg until light and fluffy. Stir in the milk. Stir flour mixture into creamed mixture until well blended.
Chill for one hour.
Roll out dough on floured surface until it is 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes.
Paint with Egg White Paints. Sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 to 8 minutes.
Just a few more words of advice before you begin. Don't just limit your child to the painting. Measuring out ingredients is a good way to work with your child on math, whether you simply count the number of cups or spoons added to your creation or discuss more complex math like fractions.
Having their assistance with the dough has other benefits as well. The most obvious being it's easier to ascertain the children are not getting into trouble when they are right there with you. The other benefit is that the children get to anticipate the coming art project as the dough is either chilling or heating.
When using the Egg White Paint it would be a good idea to have a drop cloth or vinyl table cloth down to catch any spills. Also, the paint tends to make the edges of the cookies and breadsticks stick to the baking sheet so use a little care when removing the cutouts after baking.
Enjoy your colorful treats and hopefully a few moments of peace.