You know that it is time to act when your kids think that milk comes from the cow but that bread and pasta comes from the supermarket!
Kids love to make bread. It is just like play dough with the added bonus of being eatable and learning something about food production at the same time.
Between braces, strikes at the school cafeteria and snacks on the run, we have become big fans of homemade loaf bread. This style of bread is becoming hard to find at our local bakery and store bought loaf bread is just not the same. We decided to try making it at home. It is much easier than I originally thought and our first attempt was delicious!
You need to be a little bit patient because the bread needs time for the yeast to work but the actual busy time plus cleaning is around 20 minutes (cleaning of the kitchen not the kids!).
650 grams all purpose flour
25 grams beer yeast
400 ml milk
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons extravergin olive oil (or you can use butter)
How to proceed:
Dissolve the yeast in a little bit of warm milk, honey and sugar.
Place the flour in a small mountain on your work surface.
Make a small hole in the center of the flour, add the milk and dissolved yeast.
Slowly add the rest of the milk, salt and oil and knead for around 10 minutes.
Place the mixture in a bowl and cover with a damp dish towel.
Let raise for 2 hours.
Remove the mixture from the bowl.
Knead your dough for a couple of minutes.
Put the dough into a loaf pan that has been greased with a little bit of oil.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
Let raise for 1 hour and then remove the plastic wrap.
Cook for around 40 minutes in an oven that has been preheated to 180°.