Amazing Kids! Magazine

Eating Like the Journalists

By Natalie Brady, Jr. Assistant Editor

What do you eat when you read the paper? What do your parents eat? They may have a doughnut or a cup of coffee, and you may be snacking on a doughnut. Why not try a Sour Cream Coffee Cake? No, it doesn’t have any coffee: no coffeecakes do. The reason why a coffeecake is called a coffeecake is because the cake is supposed to go quite well with coffee. Enough talk… let’s eat!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ pound butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons sugar mixed with
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 ounces coarsely cut semi-sweet chocolate


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease 1 ½ quart Turk’s Head mold or tube pan.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder, soda, and salt.
  4. Cream butter. Add sugar gradually and beat until mixture is blended (2 to 3 minutes)
  5. Add eggs one at a time.
  6. Beat in dry ingredients and sour cream alternatively, beginning and ending with flour.
  7. Add vanilla.
  8. Sprinkle about 1/3 of chocolate mixture over greased pan. Pour in half the batter. Sprinkle more chocolate mixture over the batter, reserving some for the top. Pour remaining batter into the pan. Smooth it out evenly and top with remainder of chocolate mixture.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes and then cool. Remove from pan to rack. Serves 12.

Have you ever wondered what the journalists eat when they’re writing a newsletter or newspaper? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in a newsroom, working long hours on some days and sometimes even through meals. This can be a bit hectic. Theresa Herron, editor of four local newspapers, says journalists will swallow anything that’s considered food. “We’re journalists,” Herron says. “We eat anything put in front of us. We’re often here late and if we see there’s food available we say ‘thank you’, grab it, and get back to work.” One of their favorite things to do on late nights is order pizza. Here’s a pizza recipe any journalist would love and I’m sure you would, too.


Making the Dough:

1 cup of warm water
3 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 teaspoons of honey
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of yeast

  1. Put warm water into a bowl and add the salt and honey, then mixing with a spoon. Add the yeast, mix again, and let it sit for 10 minutes or so.
  2. Gradually add flour and olive oil and begin to mix.
  3. When the mixture is too heavy to mix, start to knead the dough with your hands.
  4. Knead until you have a smooth ball. If the dough cracks, it is too dry. Add water bit by bit until it forms a nice ball. If the dough feels more like batter then it is too wet and you need to add a small amount of flour.
  5. Coat the dough with olive oil and place it in a large bowl and cover it with kitchen wrap or a grocery bag. Let the dough rise for an hour or so at room temperature. Then, push the dough down so it deflates. Let it sit for another hour and if you want to use it the next day, put it in a refrigerator.
  6. Put the dough on a lightly floured surface and then put a bit of flour on top and make it into the shape of a pie by stretching it out from the center outwards. Use a rolling pin until the dough is about ¼” thick. Punch some holes in the dough with a fork to let the air escape while the pizza is in the oven.

Pizza Sauce Ingredients:

28 oz. of can crushed tomatoes
3 oz. of tomato paste
4 T. Pecorino Romano
1 t. oregano
2 T. minced fresh garlic
1 T. black pepper
3 t. of sugar
2 t. of dried basil
Shredded cheese

  1. Whisk all together, except the shredded cheese.
  2. Allow flavors to blend for one hour before using.
  3. Add onto the crust.
  4. Take the shredded cheese and sprinkle on top, covering the sauce.
  5. Cook pizza in the oven at 400-450 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes or until the crust is light brown.

Who doesn’t love a good pizza? To make a pizza is a long process, but it’s worth it in the end. When your pizza is done, why don’t you drop is off at a local newsroom for the journalists? They would surely appreciate it.

However, if you don’t have the time to make a pizza, try this recipe. It’s bound to make you say, “Delicious”.
Daddy’s Pizza Toast

  1. Toast your favorite white or wheat bread. The bread needs to be a little crunchy so you may have to toast it more than once.
  2. Apply the ingredients: your favorite pizza sauce, shredded or grated Parmesan cheese, and a little garlic powder.
  3. Stick the pizza toast in the broiler oven and broil, but make sure the bread doesn’t burn.

When you take the first bite, you’ll love it.  There’s no doubt about it!