Wednesday, July 8, 2009

theraputic work-bread baking

I was browsing the net and came across a book entitled bread baking with children. I was intrigued. Anjali has regularly helped me in making cakes, in putting the ingredients together and mixing the batter, but so far has not helped with the bread making. bread making was too important to be messed up. Then i looked at the title and remembered the bread recipe that was in the art for toddler book and so thought, why not give it a try.

It was our project was yesterday evening. I premeasured out three cups of flour, one teaspoon of yeast, salt and 1.5 cups of water. I gave Anjali all the ingredients, got her to wash her hands and begin. It was fun. For Anjali, it as very explorative. She had a great time just pouring the flour into the mixing bowl and simply feeling up the dry ingredients.

When the water got added, it got a bit messy, During the initial mixing process, she had a mess on her fingers and didnt like it, so we kept a small mugfull of water for her to wash her hands when she wanted. So that sorted it out.

But things were looking like they were going out of hand when the imp wanted to pour the mug water into the bread dough. I had to enforce that too much water was not good as she would end up with soup. She was upset by the rule enforcement.

the bread received a lot of kneading, a bit too much for a no knead recipe. We mixed some oats into the bread to deal with the excess moisture and then Anjali put a cover on the container and kissed it goodnight. Last night, before bed it had begun to rise beautifully. This morning, I flattened it out for baking. We'll try tonight no the bread turned out.

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