By: Sung Bin
One of my favorite activities to do with my little one is baking at home and we have been trying to make a weekly ritual of it. Especially during these colder months there is simply nothing better than the smell and warmth of fresh baked bread that envelopes the house to make all my cares melt away. So recently I added to my collection this book, "Baking Bread with Children" by Warren Lee Cohen. Filled with some really great tips and recipes for yummy breads, it is also full of creative stories, songs and verses to get children engaged in the tender art of bread making. I love the author's phrase in the foreword of the book, To bake is to live-to share bread is to love. I plan to try the gingerbread men recipe, yum!, this week so I'll have to follow up on how it came out.
I am reminded when mixing and working bread about how quite therapeutic it can be and how it entails a great deal of patience. There is also well, letting go the few occasional oops of spills or messes that is common when baking with an enthusiastic child such as mine who is quite adamant about doing things
herself. You would need to take extra precautions when near a working oven but I leave the tendering of bread into the oven for the grown ups and clear of any little hands, of course. The mixing and kneading is always fun. The best part of baking is watching my child's eyes open wide the moment she sees the bread
rise in the oven or as she loves declaring, "it's cooking!". It's even better when I sample a bit while it's a tad too warm before it has a chance to cool (I can't help it). The way she says, "thanks mom" as she sinks her teeth into the doughy goodness when it is ready warms my heart. Whether or not she becomes a master baker or just has an appreciation for foods made from the hearth with awe and reverence is all the thanks I need.
What are some of your favorite bread or baking recipes for children?
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