Bread Baking with Children

Bread Baking with Children

In this special tutorial video, Sarah shares her favorite bread recipe which she used for many years in her Waldorf kindergarten classroom. Baking is a wonderful activity for children, teaching them a variety of real-world skills as they prepare a tasty meal!

Kindergarten Bread Recipe

1 cup honey
1 tsp. yeast
1 tsp. salt
4 cups unbleached white bread flour
4 cups whole wheat flour

Dried currants
Sunflower seeds
Sesame seeds
Poppy seeds

Overnight Prep

The night before you plan to bake bread, mix a teaspoon of honey in a cup of lukewarm (not hot) water. Sprinkle 1 tsp. yeast on top. Allow the yeast to float on the surface of water – do not stir!

Set this in a warm place until foamy (15-30 minutes). Put 3 cups of warm water in a large mixing bowl. The water should not be too hot. Make sure you can hold your finger comfortably in the water while you count to ten. Add 1 tsp. salt and a large wooden spoonful of honey. Mix well. Add the yeast mixture and stir again. Stir in enough flour (half whole wheat and half white bread flour) to make a bread “sponge” the consistency of thick mud. Beat with a wooden spoon for 100 strokes. Cover with a damp towel, and let the sponge sit overnight.

The Next Day

Stir in approximately 2-3 more cups of flour (half whole wheat, half white bread flour) until the dough is kneading consistency and comes away from the sides of the bowl.Knead on a well-floured board or table, using more flour as needed, for 10-15 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic.Shape into rolls. Place on an oiled cookie sheet and allow to rise in an oven set to “Warm” for 10-15 minutes, or until doubled in size.Raise oven temperature to 350 and bake for approximately 1 hour until the rolls are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped. Serve with tea, honey-butter, cheese and fruit. Freeze leftover bread. Warm up and serve with soup!

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  • JIllian

    Thank you for that wonderful video! We make weekly bread and I always find that I’m rushing in the morning to get the dough mixed, kneaded and allow for double rise time. This method is going to make things a lot easier! :)

  • abigail schoder

    Aloha, Thank you for your video :) Do you think i can use maple syrup instead of honey?
    Thank you!

  • Kate

    What a wonderful video. I am excited to try this with my 2 and 5 year olds at home!

  • Mary

    I will definitely make this with my grandchildren. It looks so wonderful.

  • Yvette

    How long can you leave the bread in the freezer?

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