One of local state Rep. Shane Wilkin’s (R-Hillsboro) daughters says she would like to be a chef. In fact, Wilkin said 12-year-old Piper Wilkin “is a baking machine.”
After seeing an “In the Kitchen with Sharon” feature in The Times-Gazette recently, Piper penned the following story for the Hillsboro newspaper.
In addition to her state representative father, who is currently running for a state senator’s seat, Piper’s mother, Kristy Wilkin, is a Hillsboro attorney and Ohio Fourth District Court of Appeals judge.
Following is Piper’s story about cooking with her grandmother on Thanksgiving:
“On Thanksgiving Day we have 35 to 40 people for breakfast at the Wilkin home, so my Grandma Marylin invited me to her house to bake. I want to be a chef, so I do a lot of cooking and baking, and desserts are my thing. So my grandma and I planned a whole day of baking cakes, pies (pumpkin, which is my favorite), cupcakes and whatever else we have time to to bake.
‘We got started in the afternoon. I decided to do a layer cake first with grandma giving me pointers along the way. Things were going pretty well — cake in the oven and now to start the pumpkin pie — and then electric went out. The cake had begun to rise and Grandma said, ‘Let’s keep the oven door closed and see what happens. We might just have to throw the cake away and start over.’
“After three-and-a-half or four hours later the electric came back on. As we looked in the oven — surprise — the cake was perfect and I was really happy.
“While the cake was cooling I mixed up my pumpkin pie, which is my favorite. Happy with the pie in the oven, I was ready to ice my cake. My cake became a cake with many colors as I used many colors to ice it.
“Although we didn’t get to make everything we planned, I had a great day with my grandma.
“Grandma said there must have been someone with higher power watching over me, like Grandma Hall, whom we lost a few years ago, for my baking turning out so well.”
Piper’s pumpkin pie recipe
1 can 100% pumpkin
2 eggs well beaten
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 can evaporated milk
1 nine-inch pie crust — deep dish unbaked
Preheat oven to 425
Mix all ingredients together and pour into unbaked pie shell
Bake 15-20 minutes at 425 degrees
Reduce oven to 375 degrees and continuing baking 40 to 45 minutes