Homemade Bread Day
Do you love baking with your kids? If so, we think you will be excited to hear about November 17th, National Homemade Bread Day! If you were considering spending some quality time with the kids in the kitchen, this is the perfect day to get out the flour and find your favorite bread recipe. Kids love helping in the kitchen, especially if it means making something delicious with Mommy or Daddy! With the right preparations, National Homemade Bread Day can easily become a memorable experience for the entire family!
Homemade Bread Day: Preparations
Before you start baking, make sure you have everything ready. Things can very quickly get chaotic in the kitchen, especially with excited little helpers. Along with the ingredients for your recipe, make sure children have a child-sized apron and cooking dishes sized for them. This will minimize mess and make sure clothes aren't ruined by working in the kitchen. Also, if you want to make shaped breads, you can purchase silicone pans that force the bread to rise and bake in certain shapes. You can also decorate it a bit more using cupcake picks and other decorations. Either way, make sure you have everything ready and remind the kids about kitchen safety before you start baking!
Homemade Bread Day: Homemade Gifts
With Christmas being right around the corner, don't forget that homemade bread is a perfect Christmas gift for little ones to give teachers or friends. All you need to do is place cooled bread in an appropriately sized gift box, perhaps with a doily or other decoration underneath. From there, you can wrap it or put it in a special gift bag. Kids will love giving gifts to friends and family that they helped make. If you would like to add a bit more of a Christmas touch, kits are always available for making your own gingerbread cookies. Almost anyone would be happy to receive a gift of homemade bread, and maybe some fun Christmas cookies as well!
Homemade Bread Day: Easy White Bread Recipe
- 3 Cups Bread Flour
- 1 Package of Instant yeast
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Sugar
- 1 Tablestpoon of Vegetable Shortening
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- Pinch of Salt
- 3/4 Cups of Warm Water (75 - 85 degrees)
- Bread Pan
|1) Mix together the yeast and water. Yeast should be completely dissolved in the water before you move to step 3.
|2) Add the salt, sugar, and milk to the yeast mixture and stir well using a stand mixer. Very slowly pour in the flower, doing 1/2 a cup at a time.
|3) Using a kneading attachment on a stand mixer (or your hands) knead the dough for five to ten minutes. When it's finished, the dough should not be sticky, but rather soft and smooth.
|4) Grease a bowl with butter or vegetable oil, and then place the dough in the bowl. Cover it with a warm wet cloth (make sure it is thoroughly rung out). Let stand for 1-3 hours, or until the dough has doubled.
|5) Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
|6) Move the bread to a greased baking pan when read and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.