Every little kid has eaten fig newtons right? In this gardening class we experienced making our own “homemade” fig newtons. We experienced the texture of dough, how to use a rolling pin, and we talked about where each of our ingredients came from. Students used the grain grinder to make flour for this lesson and learned that cinnamon comes from the inner bark of trees in the Cinnamomum genus!
We made these on a cold rainy day in the fall. The fig and ginger preserves were made in advance.
After mixing all of the ingredients and forming a ball, students rolled the dough out into one long rectangle. They then spread the fig preserves on one half of the rectangle. We folded it in half, cut the newtons, baked them for 20 minutes at 350° and voila!