Teaching Kids to Use the Bread Maker
One of the easiest ways to get your kids involved in cooking is
teaching kids to use the bread maker. Young hands rarely have the
stamina and power to properly knead a good loaf, and the process can
take such a long time that they may have lost interest by the time
it comes round to baking the bread. A bread maker shortens the
process considerably, and is fairly easy to use. Each bread maker
will operate differently, so it’s more important to think about the
process of teaching your child how to use it.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Bread Making Process
As with any machine, you will need to allow plenty of time when
you’re teaching kids to use the bread maker. Even the simplest bread
machine comes with a wide variety of options and settings so you
should get your child to follow this learning process:
These stages will allow your child to get a feel for the whole
process and leave them with the skills to make fresh and tasty
loaves for the rest of the family.
Learning by Example
The first part of teaching kids to use the bread maker is to get
them to watch you in action. This is important as they are expensive
pieces of equipment, and letting your child loose on the controls
may end up damaging the machine. Go through the steps for making
your child’s favorite loaf, explaining what you’re doing at each
stage, and ask them questions to make sure they understand why
you’re doing what you’re doing.
Learning with Help
The next stage of teaching kids to use the bread machine is to
perform the actions again, but this time, have your child to tell
you what to do. At this point, you are allowed to step in if they’ve
missed a step or are asking you to do things in the wrong order. If
this does happen, get them to think back to the watching you stage
and the reasons behind the sequence of actions
Now that your child has seen the process, and has got it down in
their head, it’s time to let them to try out for themselves. At this
stage, you should be in the kitchen with them, but only step in if
they are about to do something dangerous. You may end up with
several ruined loaves, but they will learn directly why each step of
bread making is necessary, and with your guidance, will correct the
error for the next loaf.
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When you feel that your child has made several successful loaves,
it’s time to trust them with the machine. Give them a set of food
challenges, such as making enough bread for the family for a week,
or making different fruit loaves for an afternoon party as ways of
increasing their confidence and expanding their repertoire. Make
sure that you get them to taste a bit of each loaf so that they
learn to quality control themselves, and ask them for their honest
Teaching kids to use the bread maker can be a big step in turning
your child into a chef, as the results are very impressive for a
relatively small amount of effort. The most important things will be
to make sure that you know how to operate the machine fully, and
that you have the time and the patience to teach. The supervision
stage may take a long time, depending on the learning style of your
child, so be ready to go through a lot of flour, yeast and time to
help give them the confidence to get it right.
Your bread machine manual will come with bread recipes that will be
an excellent start to this process however you can also buy bread
Buying a Bread Maker
Bread machines come in two sizes a small machine that makes 1 pound
loaves or you can buy a larger machine that can make 1, 1 1/2 and 2
pound bread maker
pound loaf bread maker
I think it is important for kids to learn
to make bread from scratch
too so you can move on to this kids
once they've mastered the bread machine baking.
Cinnamon Rolls using the Bread Machine
A simple and easy recipe to try with your kids this weekend.
1/4 cup water warm
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup milk warm
1 egg room temperature
1/2 cup or 3 1/2 oz. instant vanilla pudding
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
Add ingredients in the order listed to your bread machine. Turn the
bread machine to the dough method. When it is done, take out and
roll into a rectangle with a rolling pin.
With pastry brush, brush melted butter on top of the dough. Sprinkle
with brown sugar, cinnamon and raisins. Roll up jelly roll style,
slice and put in a 13x9 casserole dish. Let rise for 30 minutes-1
hour and bake or put in refrigerator overnight. In the morning bake
at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Drizzle with cream cheese
Try these 10
things you can make with the bread maker beyond bread.
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