Breadmaking is a wonderful thing to add to your child’s weekly rhythm. Following this basic recipe and using a cup and measuring spoons will help your child towards independently enjoying the art of breadmaking. Kneading is therapeutic, stimulating all the senses whilst the malleable dough strengthens hand muscles.
You will need:
2 cups of strong bread flour
1 teaspoon of fast action yeast
pinch of salt (optional)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup tepid water
Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
Measure out the flour into a large bowl. Incorporate maths by counting the spoons needed to fill the cup
Add the yeast, and a pinch of salt (optional)
Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Add the olive oil and mix in the water.
We find children’s warm little hands help the bread to prove, so after shaping, place on an oiled baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Children like decorating their bread and a glaze of egg wash can be used before baking or try adding seeds or nuts.
Paula is a Montessori teacher and Forest School Leader who has run the much loved Woodentots Montessori nurseries in North London for over 30 years. Recently recognised as Montessorian of the Year, Paula’s schools offer a unique and rich mix of Montessori, Steiner and Forest School, with child-led creativity at their core.
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