A huge thank you to Gwen, Ben's mom, who came to make herb bread with the kids this morning. I wish this was smelloblogger so you could enjoy the aroma of the dough rising in the big pan next to me. This afternoon, after the dough has risen, the children will add dried herbs direct from Ben's yard and shape the dough into individual loaves.
Before making the bread, I showed the children some wonderful books on breads. I read aloud Everybody Bakes Bread by Norah Dooley. In this book, we are introduced to a multicultural neighborhood that is full of people baking different types of bread from their country of origin. We made a variation of "Great Grandmother's Italian Bread". Some of the children are inspired to try their hand at braiding their little loaves.
At recess I showed the children some wheat seeds and they got busy pounding it to make flour. Maddy, Ariana and Clementine remarked that they felt like the kids in Little House On The Prairie.
Making bread at home is one of our favorite things to do. Our lives changed forever once my husband and teenage son took a day-long course in bread making at Zingerman's. Who knew you could make your own hamburger buns? There is something about baking bread that gives you a huge sense of accomplishment.
Here is an excerpt from the Family Fun website that I thought may be helpful to ensure a great family bread-baking experience: