Look, Math!

Math is in every kitchen, on every recipe card, and at each family gathering. The mathematics of cooking and baking is often hidden but in reality a large quantity of math is used while you cook or bake. Now that fall is upon us, the temperatures are dropping and the kitchen lingers with a sweet smell of Apple Crisp.

A recipe for a delicious afternoon snack is provided- you will want to prepare your oven to 350 degrees F.


  • 10 cups of apples- sliced, peeled and cored
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup cooking oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup melted butter


Now that all ingredients are out you will want to find yourself a 9×13 inch pan.

Placing the apples in the pan, you will want to mix in a separate bowl the white sugar, teaspoon of flour and the ground cinnamon. Sprinkling over the apples once it is mixed.

After apples have been sprinkled, you will want to pour the ½ cup water evenly over them.

Combine the oats, 1 cup of flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and the melted butter in a bowl and mix well. Stirring together and evenly distributing over the apples.

The apples will be placed in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

As the clock is ticking down and the smell slowing leaks from the oven you should realize this delicious dessert wouldn’t of been possible without the use of math! I love that my siblings and I can do a fun activity of baking but provide math within it. Baking is a great activity for everyone to learn about fractions, reducing a recipe or in our case doubling to provide enough for my whole family.

In a classroom, pictures and baking word problems can be used to have students engage but it is also great to get hands on experience teaching them physically. I always look forward to baking, paying attention to ingredient fractions, serving sizes and the math you use while doing so. Baking is a great way to teach the youngsters with hands on experience- but to enjoy a delicious snack as the outcome!

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Apple Crisp


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