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Bread Baking 101

May 17th, 2013 at 02:09 am

Today I worked with a fifth grade classroom and we measured out the ingredients for white bread to put in the bread machines I bought.

Personally, I don't use a bread machine anymore because I have worn out three. It is just as easy to mix the ingredients and let it rise in the baking pans. But, I don't have an oven at school I can use, so I make do.

I had everything ready this morning when the kids arrived and they asked, what are we making? Are we cooking?

It was kind of sad when I worked with the two different groups that how many admitted they had never baked or cooked anything with anyone in their family. I showed them a glass measuring cup and explained that was for liquids, then a plastic measuring cup for solids, and measuring spoons.

They washed their hands and we read the recipe. We talked about where flour comes from, and what yeast does. I acted dumb and said if the recipe calls for 3/4 of teaspoon of something and I don't have a teaspoon with that, what can I use? They had no idea. One kid said just guess. I said I had a 1/4 teaspoon and they figured out if we filled it three separate times, it would equal 3/4. I congratulated them on their problem solving.

To say that the aroma of bread baking was popular in that end of our building is an understatement.

When the bread finished baking I sliced it and buttered it and took it down to the class while it was still warm.

It didn't take long for it to disappear. I asked them to compare and contrast the bread we made to the bread they buy at the grocery store. Most of them said this was better. One said they liked that it was warm. Another said she was surprised we could make bread out of so few ingredients.

But one little gal said this, "This bread was better because it was made with love."

I stopped asking questions right there. It was a good experience and they enjoyed eating their "homework." And if it means they have a sweet memory, that's all the better.

9 Responses to “Bread Baking 101”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:
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    How Cute! I am sure the experience is memorable.

  2. MonkeyMama Says:
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    I meant to say - memorable for the kids.

  3. creditcardfree Says:
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    Awww...you are awesome! Thanks for sharing that experience with your students. Makes me want some homemade bread. Smile

  4. snafu Says:
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    Can you imagine the talk at dinner while those kids try to tell the family how bread is made? I'll bet teachers in the staff room would benefit from the same lesson as many likewise will have never baked anything with a family member either.

  5. Thrifty Ray Says:
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    What a cool thing to do with the kids. They will remember the experience- and you probably planted seeds in the minds of a few future bakers...Love it. THanks for sharing!

  6. M E 2 Says:
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    That was a very nice thing of you to do. I have no doubt the kids will remember you fondly when they think back on their time with you.

  7. LuckyRobin Says:
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    Sounds like it was a great class.

  8. SecretarySaving Says:
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    How sweet!

  9. rob62521 Says:
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    Thanks, everyone! They really enjoyed the bread. I did the same lesson with a fourth grade today and it was also a big hit.

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