How to make delicious brownies – with a mathematical twist!

 

 

Home schooling is not an easy task. You may be asking yourself, is my child spending the correct amount of time during the day completing their school work? Could I be making the work more engaging in any way? Am I explaining the correct methods to them when they get stuck? You’re most probably doing a brilliant job and making the most out of a difficult situation. As a thank you to all you brilliant parents out there, I’d like to share my yummy brownie recipe with you all, in an attempt to make Maths fun and rewarding.

Baking is such a brilliant way to engage your child in Maths (without them even noticing!). Not only can your child practice using scales whilst weighing the ingredients, they will also gauge a better understanding of how heavy different weights are e.g. a bag of sugar weighing 1kg. I’ve often seen Maths questions pop up (particularly in KS2 SATs) asking for the approximate weight of a variety of different objects; this is where baking can come in handy.

So, are you ready to make brownies?

 

Ingredients
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 100g butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 250g of caster sugar
  • 300g of dark cooking chocolate
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs baking soda

 

For those of you who would like an extra challenge, why not add in BIDMAS (brackets, indices, division, multiplication, addition and subtraction) to help find the correct amount of each ingredient? For example:

 

Calculate how many grams of self-raising flour needs to be included using the following mathematical equation.

 

Self-raising flour – 4(15 + 10) = ?

Answer: As brackets come before multiplication in BIDMAS, you must do 15 + 10 first to get 25, then multiply 25 by 4 to get 100.

 

You could even try some algebra. For example:

 

Self-raising flour – 5x2 + 55 when x = 3

Answer: As indices come first, you would do 32 = 9. Followed by multiplication, 5 x 9 = 45. Finally, addition, 45 + 55 = 100.

 

Getting ready
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Let’s begin
  1. Heat the butter and dark baking chocolate together in a pan until melted.
  2. Whisk the 4 eggs and mix in with the caster sugar
  3. Fold the butter and chocolate mix into the eggs and sugar
  4. Sieve the flour into the mixture, bit by bit
  5. Add in the cocoa powder and baking soda
  6. Stir until the mixture is thick and smooth
  7. Pour the mixture into the baking tray and pop in the oven
  8. Cook for 25-30 minutes until the top layer hardens
  9. Leave to cool
  10. ENJOY

 

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