Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Fresh Baked Bread!

Today, since our plans to have friends over got postponed, we decided to make homemade bread from scratch. We followed the Betty Crocker recipe and made 2 loaves of regular white bread and 2 loaves of cinnamon raisin bread. Tonight we're having the regular bread with spaghetti, yum! (Here's another good easy bread recipe)

It's a unique experience making bread with your hands. These days a lot of people use bread makers or giant mixers to do most of the work for them. We really enjoyed digging in and getting our hands into the dough. The girls got to read the recipe, figure out how much we needed to make 4 loaves of bread, find the ingredients at the store (we didn't have yeast, shortening, raisins, or enough flour), and follow the recipe. They mixed it, kneaded it, and rolled it out. Danya and Gloria were so proud of themselves when the bread was finished!

This has been a good homeschool day. We talked about how yeast works (science), doubled a recipe (math), learned new words: yeast, knead, etc. (Grammar), and made bread (home economics). I'm going to find some bible verses about bread (bible) and we should be done for the day. We even played tennis while the cinnamon raisin bread was baking (P.E.)!

3 comments:

christina said...

looks so yummy! we will have to cook together when i come visist which i hope is soon!

A glimpse of Mel said...

Jess, I really need to know how you do all this while having a toddler and fostering other littlies. How how how? Homeschooling is becoming more popular in South Africa and 2 of my close friends have started. My daughter starts Grade 1 next year...

Jess said...

My absolute best suggestion to give yourself more time is to ditch the t.v. We only use ours for watching movies or educational videos now and it's amazing how much more time we have. Also, we teach our kids year round so that on a particularly crazy day we can skip school and just focus on what needs to be done.