Do you love the smell and taste of home-made bread, but wonder whether on earth you’ll find the time to be that much of a domestic goddess with a small child or children around? This bread recipe is nice and easy, and a kid can make it nearly by themselves! You don’t even need exact measures for the bread to turn out great. Aim for a soft-ish dough that is still tough enough to manipulate into braids, a snail, or whatever else you like.
A bag of flour — 1 kg or 2.2 lbs.
Salt to taste.
One cube of fresh yeast.
1/4 cup of olive oil.
1. Put warm water into a bowl, and ask your child to add fresh yeast and a tablespoon of sugar, and mix the ingredients. It takes about five minutes for yeast to activate, so ask your child to watch out for that, and to warn you when the mixture starts bubbling and making noises.
2. Once your yeast is active, add your eggs, about half a cup of sugar, oil, and two cups of flour. If you have a high tolerance for messy stuff, your child can mix this with a fork! Add the rest of the flour, and some salt, once your initial mixture is smooth. Of course, you can use a standing mixer. But most kids love kneading bread, and your bread may even turn out nicer that way. Knead for 10 to 15 minutes.
3. Set your dough aside in a bowl gently covered in a thin layer of olive oil, and covered in a moist cloth. Leave to rise for around an hour. You can cook a meal to go with your bread, or make a salad this time, especially if you practice meal planning and have all the right ingredients in the house already.
4. Once your dough is risen, you can get creative and make any shape you want! In our family, we give every child a piece of dough to shape and decorate as they wish. Three-strand braids are doable for kids with a little help, but you can also make braids with four strands (one of the loaves in the picture), six, or even twelve! Of course, you can also create snails, smileys, hearts, or anything else. Cookie cutters work well to create small decorations on top of a loaf of bread. Once you are done shaping your bread, leave it to rise for another 10 or so minutes.
5. Egg wash your loaves, and sprinkle them with poppy or sesame seeds. For a sweet bread, you can also use cinnamon mixed with sugar.
6. Now, it’s time for the oven! If you want a soft center and a crunchy crust, bake your bread at a higher temperature for 10-15 minutes, and then reduce for the remainder of the time. How long your bread needs to go in the oven obviously depends on the size of your loaves. It’s generally possible to judge whether bread is ready just by looking at it.
Olivia blogs about fertility, pregnancy and nutrition to improve your health at Trying To Conceive.