Gobble-Gobble Turkey Toast with Pumpkin Butter (Cooking with Kids)Posted: October 11, 2012
(Becky, the Mama.)
Over twenty years ago now, I walked into a classroom in my debut as a first grade teacher.
And then, I retired after 9 months of faithful service.
I was a great teacher, in that I loved my students, taught them well and had loads of fun. On the other hand, you may have noticed that most teachers are gifted at organization and rather enjoy (or at least have a knack for) ordering small children to do their bidding immediately. Organization was never my strong suit: just counting the morning’s lunch money and turning it into the office could bring me to tears. And I’m more of charmer and a cajoler than an “orderer.”
I slept-walked through much of that fuzzy year. I do remember the day, however, when one of my students raised their hand and asked, “Teacher, why do you have one red shoe and one black shoe on?” I looked at my feet and sure enough, the child was correct. The only answer I had to offer was pure mental exhaustion.
Now that I am a grandmother, however, I get the best of both worlds. I get to play and create with the grandkids, and have all the time in the world to give them focused individual attention.
This recipe is so simple and fun for Autumn, Halloween and Thanksgiving, breakfast or snack-time, that moms, grandmas and teachers can all let their little charges have a go at it. And as treats go, this is a pretty healthy one, especially if you use a good whole grain bread.
The toast is slathered with a simple pumpkin spice peanut butter, then after you cut it into the desired shapes to create either a pumpkin or a turkey, the kids can smear it with the pumpkin butter and decorate it with a variety of nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips or marshmallows.
Turkey Toast with Pumpkin Butter
Makes one toast turkey large enough to feed two to three small children.
3 pieces of bread (I used Ezekiel Sesame Bread), buttered and toasted (Vegans can use Earth Balance butter)
2 heaping Tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
1 heaping Tablespoon peanut butter (or almond butter or any kind of butter you prefer)
1 t. brown sugar
1 T. pure maple syrup
½ t. cinnamon
¼ t. ginger
Assorted toppings, about ¼ cup each in small bowls (or little piles on a big plate) coconut, chopped nuts, edible seeds of any kind, chocolate chips, dried fruit such as cranberries, raisins or cherries.
Butter & toast the bread (preferably just toast the top by broiling it as it cuts a little easier).
Leave one piece of the bread whole, then cut one piece like this:
Cut the next piece like this:
Mix the next 7 ingredients until smooth with a fork in a small bowl. Spread the pumpkin-spice peanut butter on the toast and assemble the turkey. (I used a large dried cherry for his wattle.)
Let the kids decorate the turkey’s toast “feathers” with the various toppings, then dive in and eat!
You can also make three pumpkins, by turning the toast upside down, then cutting the corners of the toast – rounding them a bit and leaving a fat stem, like so: (Note: Most marshmallows are not vegan, you may just let the kids use raisins for mouth.)
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