A Simple Bread Recipe

My boy is going to a Waldorf School next year. We’re pretty excited about it—and nervous. The Waldorf style is a mixed age Kindergarten. So, even though he’s only 3, he’ll go 4 days a week, full days. Granted, we’ll probably work up to that over the first few months, but it’s a big adjustment. We found a great school that we are so excited about and that feels good. Any of you who have kids know that finding the right place with great teachers is. . .invaluable.

The reason we even know about Waldorf education and this school in particular is because my husband’s much younger half-sister and brother went to this school and stayed in Waldorf schools until high school. And now, my husband’s mom is a Waldorf kindergarten teacher herself. She’s a great resource on many topics having to do with child rearing and education. Most people roll their eyes when they talk about the in-laws. Not me. She’s a guru.

So, for today I have a simple bread recipe that she passed along to me. I’ve used it many times with my son and his friend who I care for in the mornings. We put on our aprons (you will see in the photos included) and make bread together. It’s easy, fun and satisfying work. I highly recommend it!)

Also, this is a recipe you can play with a bit—vary the salt and sweet to your liking and try different combinations of flours.

BASIC BREAD
Easy for kids to make with you! These boys were only 2 years old and they were fully capable of this kind of baking.

1 1/2 cups very warm, almost hot water
1-1 1/2 tbs. rice syrup
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp. active dry yeast
Flour (we use spelt and whole wheat for the health-factor)
1/4 tsp. salt
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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil a baking sheet or place baking stone in the oven as it preheats.

2. In a large mixing bowl or heavy pot (we use a large All-Clad pot) combine water, rice syrup, olive oil and yeast. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes so that the yeast can foam a bit.
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3. With a wooden spoon, gradually mix in the flours of your choice until your dough bp6090002.jpgecomes too stiff to stir anymore.

4. Lightly flour your board or counter top. Split the dough based on how many people you have who want to knead and “whomp” (as my kid says) the dough. Knead for about 5 minutes or so.
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5. Roll the dough into small buns and place on an oiled baking sheet or on warmed baking stone (be careful not to let small hands touch the stone). Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Let cool slightly, slather on some butter, jam, almond butter or whatever you like and enjoy!
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If you are feeling intimidated about getting in the kitchen with the kids, here’s a little help—some good pointers from familyfun.com.

Here’s a great gift idea for the kid-chef in your family—Kid’s baking kits. These are awesome! And sassafrasenterprises.com also offers aprons, hats and all the utensils a kid could need. Way cool.