For the past couple of weeks, my 16 year old has been bitten by the bread makin’ bug and this week, my 11 year old joined in.
Why the Interest?
I asked my oldest son what made him want to start making bread? He is homesick for Yemen (from where we just moved) and remembers seeing the men in the makbazah baking up flat bread and roti. When he would go buy the bread from the store downstairs, sometimes it wasn’t ready so he would eagerly watch them making it.
So, one day a couple of weeks ago, he jumped online and found a recipe for flat bread and headed to the kitchen…..to my delight, masha Allah!
Ever since then, he’s been baking up a storm!
Not Just One Type
A few days after his bread making began, I whipped up some dough for soft pretzels and that became his next project. He’s made pretzels two or three times since and the day before yesterday, he really “perfected” them. Its funny (in a good way) to hear him talk about what he learned, how to tweak the recipe to get better results.
Yesterday, he made flat bread to go along with our lentils for dinner.
And also, yesterday, my 11 year old joined in on the bread wagon…..
I had started making what has become like our breakfast for nearly everyday for the past few weeks…crescent rolls. So yesterday I was making the dough and he said that he wanted to help. As I had oodles of school stuff to attend to, I ended up letting him take over. He rolled out the dough and cut it and folded up into the rolls. Halfway through, he got the idea to make them like cinnamon rolls so I mixed up a cinnamon sugar mixture and he buttered the doll and sprinkled the mixture on.
And today, again, I made up the dough and he’s been belting them out.
Learning All the Time with Homeschooling
Its really been a natural learning experience as well (had to throw that in as a HOMESCHOOLER, lol). Both the youngest and oldest have learned how to use the stove (we had a cheapy gas stove in Yemen for so many years so this one had more bells and whistles); they learned about the properties of yeast and really, so much more (and I didn’t have to give a lecture!)
Here are the recipes we started with:
Pretzels: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/buttery-soft-pretzels/detail.aspx (read the first user comment, its packed with a mini science lesson about why baking soda is used).
Crescent Rolls: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/golden-crescent-rolls/Detail.aspx
Happy bread making if the bread bug hits (has hit) you too!