On the way home from school on Wednesday, Alec slowed his scootering in, pulled up alongside me, and said “Mama, I think we’re soon out of bread. I want to bake bread today. And I’m going to make space bread.”
So when we got home, I threw together some dough for Alec. I made a little loaf out of half of it, and Alec floured his hands and got to work on his space bread. We got out the big space book that we had borrowed at the library and found a page with all of our planets in it. And then Alec made one planet at a time, asking me about each one as he worked. I think his little planet breads turned out so great!
I love to bake with the children. I think sensory activities are the best kinds of activities and children always love playing with things that are “real”. They love the feel of bread dough in their hands – how it’s warm and sort of has its own life. And I love this bread recipe because it actually comes out of the oven no more than an hour after you start baking (unless your kid makes planet bread because that takes some time). And it makes really nice bread – it doesn’t have the character of breads that rise forever, but it’s a good bread: perfect for sandwiches and excellent as french toast, since it’s a little dense. I love to make our own bread so I know exactly what’s in it and I can make sure it’s all organic etc. and this recipe makes that possible.
Click past the break for the recipe!
One Hour Bread
- 1.5 cups lukewarm water (I use 1 cup cold tap water and 1/2 cup hot water from the kettle)
- 12 grams active dry yeast (1 packet in Sweden, 2 packets in the US)¨
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 tsp salt
- Approximately 3.5 cups all purpose flour (I usually use 1/2 oats or oat flour and the rest regular all purpose flour. You can also use spelt flour, whole wheat flour. Experiment with different combos!)
- Dissolve the yeast in the water and mix in honey and salt. Let the mixture sit in a mixing bowl at room temperature for around 10 minutes until it’s bubbly and foamy all over the surface.
- Add flour and work it into a dough, adding as much flour as needed, and kneading until the dough comes together and doesn’t stick to your hands or the bowl.
- Form a loaf (or rolls, or a baguette, or planets) and place them on a baking sheet.
- Warm the oven to 200c/400f.
- Let the bread rise for 15ish minutes until it’s almost doubled in size.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes until golden brown.