This week we read a story written by Patricia Polacco titled Thunder Cake. This story is about a granddaughter who is afraid of thunder and a grandmother who helps her get over her fear.
When the air gets heavy and dark clouds drift low over the fields of Grandma's farm, her frightened granddaughter hides under the bed. But Grandma insists that this is Thunder Cake baking weather and the two are soon scrambling to gather the ingredients to make the cake--and get it into the oven before the storm arrives.
We also did a variety of activities based on this story including a discussion about our fears and strategies of how we can overcome them.
Many students asked for the recipe of "Thunder Cake so here it is... The class is going to have a special tasting of this tomorrow!!
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together one at a time:
1 cup shortening
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs, separated
yolks in. Beat whites until they are stiff, then fold in.)
1 cup cold water
1/3 cup pureed tomatoes
21/2 cups cake flour
cup dry cocoa
11/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Mix dry mixture into creamy mixture. Bake in two
greased and floured 8
1/2 inch pans at 350 degree for
35 to 40 minutes.
Frost with chocolate butter frosting. Top with