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Recipe: Honey Cinnamon Milk Steamer for One

Recipe: Honey Cinnamon Milk Steamer for One

Honey Cinnamon Milk Steamer for One

by Erin Fletter
Photo by Teresa Kasprzycka/Shutterstock.com
prep time
2 minutes
cook time
2 minutes
makes
1-2 servings

Fun Food Story

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Honey Cinnamon Milk Steamer for One

A steamer is typically a coffee espresso drink with steamed milk added, like a cappuccino or latte. Our version leaves out the coffee and adds the sweetness of honey and the warmth and fragrance of cinnamon. Also, your microwave replaces the steam wand to heat the milk. It is a warm, welcoming beverage that kids can enjoy!

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • microwave :

    to heat or cook food or liquid quickly in a microwave oven, which uses high-frequency electromagnetic waves to generate heat in the food's water molecules.

  • seal :

    to close tightly, keeping filling inside.

  • shake :

    to rapidly and vigorously move a covered container filled with food up and down and side to side to combine ingredients and create a different consistency, such as shaking whipped cream to make butter.

Equipment Checklist

  • Microwave
  • Microwave-safe mug
  • Potholder
  • Pint-sized glass or plastic jar or container + matching lid
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
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Ingredients

Honey Cinnamon Milk Steamer for One

  • 3/4 C milk **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub dairy-free/nut-free milk)**
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon OR 1 cinnamon stick

Food Allergen Substitutions

Honey Cinnamon Milk Steamer for One

  • Dairy: Substitute dairy-free/nut-free milk.

Instructions

Honey Cinnamon Milk Steamer for One

1.
measure + seal

Kid chefs can measure and add 3/4 cup milk, 1 tablespoon honey, and 1 pinch of cinnamon to a clean jar or container and seal with its matching lid.

2.
shake + microwave + stir

Have kids shake the sealed jar for a total of 30 seconds. Add the honey cinnamon milk to a microwave-safe mug. Microwave on high for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Carefully remove the mug with a potholder and stir.

3.
cool + sip

Let it cool and sip. Cheers!

Surprise Ingredient: Honey!

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Photo by Jag_cz/Shutterstock.com

Hi! I'm Honey!

"I'm a golden, thick, naturally sweet liquid made by honeybees! My flavor varies depending on the particular flower nectar that bees carry home to their hive. Did you know I can last indefinitely? That's forever! Try squeezing or dribbling me into tea, on biscuits, toast, or fruit, and add me to desserts."   

  • Honeybees make honey—they are one of the world's insects that makes food people can eat. An average bee makes about one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey during its whole life.
  • In Spain, an 8,000-year-old cave painting in the Cuevas de la Araña (Spider Caves) depicts a person gathering honey from a beehive. 
  • Egyptian hieroglyphs record the practice of beekeeping in ancient Egypt and honey's use as a sweetener and as a soothing ointment for wounds. Egyptians also buried their dead with honey or used it in mummification.
  • Ancient Greece had its beekeepers, and references to honey also appear in ancient Indian and Israelite texts.
  • Honey has an indefinite shelf life—it can last forever if well stored because it has natural preservatives. It may crystallize eventually, but the crystals will melt if you warm it by putting the jar in a bowl or pot of hot water or in the microwave on low power. 
  • People initially used honey as a culinary sweetener but now recognize it as a healing ingredient in medicinal treatment. For example, honey can help soothe a cough or sore throat and heal burns or cuts on your skin. 
  • Eating local honey, made from bees living in the same area where you live, may help you build up a resistance to pollen, thereby reducing your allergies. However, there is not sufficient evidence for this. 
  • Infants do not yet have any resistance to the bacteria in honey, so keep it out of their diet until they are over one year old. 
  • Honey consists primarily of fructose and other natural sugars and has insignificant amounts of vitamins and minerals, so it is wise to limit your honey intake as you do with other sugars. 
  • Honey soaks up moisture rapidly. To make cake and cookies last longer and retain their moistness, substitute half of the sugar in a recipe with honey.

Let's Learn About Italy!

Photo by Marina Andrejchenko/Shutterstock.com
  • Italy became a unified country in 1861, only 150 years ago. It is sometimes called "bel paese" or "beautiful country."  
  • Italians invented the piano and the thermometer! 
  • In ancient Roman mythology, two twin brothers named Romulus and Remus founded Rome, Italy's capital city. The myth says the twins were abandoned and then discovered by a she-wolf before being found and raised by a shepherd and his wife. Eventually (and after many exciting adventures), they found themselves at the location of Palatine Hill, where Romulus built "Roma." The Italian wolf became Italy's unofficial national animal. 
  • In the 1930s and 40s, Mussolini, Italy's prime minister, and dictator tried to eliminate all foreign words from the Italian language. How did he do that? He just changed them! For example, in soccer, "goal" became "meta." Disney character names changed, too: Donald Duck became "Paperino;" Mickey Mouse became "Topolino;" and Goofy became "Pippo." Although they're not banned anymore, these words and names have stuck. So now if you go to the Italian Disneyland, called Gardaland Park, you will see Topolino and Pippo! 
  • About 60 million people call Italy home, and it is 116,350 square miles, slightly larger than the US state of Arizona. If you compare that to the United Kingdom, 67 million people live there, and it is about 94,350 square miles. So, the UK is smaller than Italy but has a bigger population! 
  • The Italian flag is green, white, and red. These colors represent hope, faith, and charity.
  • The average Italian eats close to 55 pounds of pasta annually. If you think about how light pasta is, that is a considerable amount! There are more than 500 different types of pasta eaten in Italy today. 

What's It Like to Be a Kid in Italy?

  • Kids begin school at 6 years old. They grow up speaking Italian, but they learn English in school, so many become bilingual in Italian and English.
  • The most popular sport for kids is football (soccer). The Italian word for soccer is "calcio," the same word they use for "kick." A favorite of younger kids is "Rody, the bouncing horse," a plastic horse that a small child can hop onto and bounce around the room. Rody was invented in Italy in 1984.  
  • The family ("la famiglia") is a central characteristic of Italian life. Children have great respect for their older relatives. It is traditional to name the first male child after the grandfather and the first female child after the grandmother.
  • If kids live close to school, they can go home and have lunch with their families! Lunch at school might be pasta, meat with vegetables, a sandwich, or a salad with lots of ingredients. Families typically eat dinner later (7 to 8 pm), so kids end up staying up later, too!
  • Between lunch and dinner, kids often enjoy "merenda," which is an afternoon snack that translates to "something that is deserved." It is really a mini-meal that can include both savory and sweet foods. Examples of savory foods are a salami or mortadella sandwich, a slice of rustic bread rubbed with a cut, raw tomato, or "pizza bianca" (white pizza without tomato sauce). Types of sweet foods eaten during merenda are "gelato" (a lower-fat type of ice cream), any kind of cake, or biscotti dipped in warm milk.

That's Berry Funny

Why do bees have sticky hair?

Because they use a honeycomb!

The Yolk's On You

Who is the honeybee’s favorite singer?

Bee-yonce!

That's Berry Funny

I named my dog Cinnamon!

He's a lot of bark!

That's Berry Funny

What did mama cow say to baby calf?

It’s pasture bedtime.

Lettuce Joke Around

Why does a milking stool have only three legs?

Because the cow has the udder!

The Yolk's On You

What kind of bee can't be understood? 

A mumble bee!

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