Baking bread with children

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Last week I mentioned that our simple weekly rhythm includes a food preparation and baking day. Cooking together can happen at any time throughout the week, naturally, but once a week I’m intentional about it and reserve time particularly to cook with the kids.

Our baking day is on Monday. It’s a pleasant method to begin the week together and it provides us quality time in the cooking area (plus, there’s something yummy to take pleasure in for our labors).

Bread baking is one of our favorite things, but it is not a procedure you can speed through. I think this makes baking bread an excellent device for teaching perseverance.

I’ve actually found a couple of pointers that assist instruct kids patience when cooking and make it enjoyable and imaginative for them, practically like acting out a tale. Who does not enjoy a little playtime in the kitchen?

So, let us clean our hands, put on our aprons, and bake some bread together!

Simple steps for baking bread together.

You can utilize your own favorite bread recipe as any yeast bread recipe that requires some kneading and increasing time will do for this method. I like to get things relatively basic below, as I don’t such as for things to be too complicated when I am signed up with by little hands in the kitchen.

Some of our favorite bread dishes originate from The Waldorf Kindergarten Treat Book. This is an additional great dish at the King Arthur Flour internet site.

Very Easy Bread Recipe

(adjusted from The Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book)

  • 2 C very warm water
  • large spoonful of honey we used molasses this week
  • 1 T. yeast
  • flour till you can’t mix in any even more (approx. 4 C)
  • pinch or two of salt

1. Make a snack for the Yeast

We call the first phase of the dish ‘making a snack for the yeast’ – where you’re mixing the warm water in a huge mixing bowl and then stirring in the molasses or honey. Yeast are very hungry, so we make them a ‘soup’ to consume.

2. Feed the Yeast

Now it’s time to feed the yeast by sprinkling it over the top of the ‘soup.’ Let it foam up and enjoying your children be amazed at those starving yeast!

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3. Let it snow

Taking turns, with very clean hands, start adding the flour by making it ‘snow’ into the bowl. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt, too. Keep including flour ‘snow’ – taking breaks to knead it into the dough – till the dough is stiff and not sticky.

Singing your favored Christmas carols about snow is optional (but difficult to resist, even in August).

Yes, this component will mistake, but messy is okay. Flour is simple to clean up with a damp sponge or bar towel and afterwards you are right back in business, as if it never ever took place. So, pay attention, as long as no one is blatantly flinging flour throughout the space or anything, take a deep breath and just accept that this component of baking is a little messy and you are all right with that. Have some fun!

4. Taking a nap

Whew!  Our dough is tired. It’s time for the dough is visiting take a little ‘nap’ under a ‘blanket’ (i.e. get covered freely with a towel and set in a warm area to increase in size for an hour or two).

While we let the dough ‘rest’ for a little while why don’t we check out some stories together?

May I may a few suggestions?

  • Tony’s Bread by Tomie DePaola
  • Loaves of Fun by Elizabeth M. Harbison
  • Bread, Bread, Bread (Around the globe)

5. Make shapes

Peek under the blanket. Has your dough doubled in size? Okay, you prepare to work it for a bit and afterwards shape it into either a loaf, buns, or shaped breads. At our house we’ve actually been studying the alphabet, so some of the dough from this week’s bread was formed in the shape of a letter A.

Preheat the oven to 350.

Give each kid a portion of the dough, and you take some too, and form it into your shape for baking and place them on an oiled baking sheet.

7. Another rest

Your dough is most likely tired from all that forming, so he requires a quick rest under his blanket again (another 20 minutes approximately, or while the stove preheats) prior to baking.

It is not really simple to be patient, is it? Perhaps we should check out some more stories or color a photo together.

8. Bake

At last, it’s time to bake our bread. Into the 350 degree oven it chooses about 20 mins, till brown. Keep an eye on this, moms and fathers, because smaller formed breads and rolls will require less baking time.

9. Enjoy!

Let your bread cool a bit on a rack then slice it with a serrated bread knife and enjoy it with honey and butter.

Some of our bread from today was toasted then topped with ricotta cheese, sliced yellow tomatoes, and salt and pepper for a simple lunch.

Baking bread together is a good means to spend time together. It likewise reveals kids that slow long-lasting jobs that don’t have instant gratification are worth it, and assists develop children’s skills at being patient.

I love that cooking bread is one of those jobs that produces genuine results the family can enjoy. I enjoy to see my children proud of exactly what they’ve made, do not you?

Ready for more kitchen area fun? Here are a few more concepts:

  • Check out the The Magic School Bus Kitchen Chemistry episode (the complete collection is now readily available on DVD).
  • Pick up a copy of the Activity Pack Food preparation concern.
  • Add this Whole Wheat Soft drink Bread to your baking repertoire

What’ll you and your children be cooking up together?