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.
Make teaching easier with our activities and recipes compiled in one easy to read format.
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
1 pound loaf machine
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 machine baking.
10 Recipes You Can Make With a Bread Maker
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
When making bread, the bread machine takes all of the ingredients
combines them and mixes and kneads them to the perfect consistency.
So why not allow your machine to do all of your work for your pizza
dough. Bread makers usually have a setting for this and the dough
will be mixed and kneaded until it is perfect every time. Try a homemade pizza dough recipe here.
Bread Maker Bagels
- 1 1/4 Cups of water
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 Cups of bread flour
- 1 3/4 tsp yeast
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
Place all the ingredients except the sugar into the baking pan.
Place the baking into the bread machine and select the dough cycle.
When the kneading is completely stop the bread machine. Remove the
down to a lightly floured surface, cover with a bowl and let stand
for 10 minutes. Shape the dough into a cylinder 12 inches long. Cut
the cylinder into 9 pieces then push your thumbs through the middle
of each piece for form a bagel. Spray a baking sheet lightly with a
non stick cooking spray.
Place the bagel pieces onto the prepared baking sheet. Cover and let
rise in a warm, draft free area for 20 minutes or until doubled in
size. Bring a pot of water to a full boil. Sprinkle the sugar into
the water then submerges one bagel at a time, upside down with a
slotted spoon for 20 seconds or until slightly inflated. Remove the
bagels and place back on the baking sheet. (This is when you'd add
toppings, see note below.) Bake the bagels for 15 minutes or until
nicely browned and hollow sounding when tapped on the bottom. Makes
Add Toppings to your Homemade Bagels
If you'd like to add toppings to your bagel, do this after you boil
them. Add toppings in a bowl or flat plate and dip your boiled bagel
into the topping. Then bake. Toppings could include:
- Sesame seeds
- Poppy seeds
- Dried chopped onions
- Garlic salt
- Kosher salt
- Or add in chopped raisins or fruit before rolling into shape
What Else to Make in your Bread Machine
- Homemade Bread
- Specialty Breads - like this Italian
Herb Bread or Sunflower
- Jams- you can even make jam with your bread maker.
With the heating and mixing that bread makers do, it is a
perfect environment for making jams, jellies, preserves,
conserves and marmalade. Just prep your favorite fruit, toss it
all in with the needed ingredients and by the time you get home,
your fruit will be properly mushed.
- Pasta Dough- create the perfect pasta dough, ready to
roll, cut and cook.
- Cakes- mix and cook cakes, yes in a bread maker.
- Bread Pudding-This can be done one of two ways, either
with the bread being made first by the machine, then being
turned into pudding, or using already cooked bread you recently
made and adding it back into the machine.
- King Cake- A traditional Mardi Gras favorite in the
South, king cake is a mix between a bread and a cake, both of
which your bread machine should be able to achieve. Why not have
the best of both worlds? Just dont forget to decorate it. Learn
more about Mardi
Gras King Cake.
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