(Not quite) daily bread

Although I love baking cakes with R, we haven’t done much in the way of making savoury things, apart from the pizza, so I’ve been trying to think of things we can make together for lunch. After all, if she’s going to be making us roast dinners by the time she’s six, we have to start somewhere. So I thought it would be a good idea if we tried to make some bread. Unfortunately, even though I’m not bad at all at baking, my bread invariably turns out like a wheaten brick. To try and get over this, I’m going to attempt to make bread with R every few weeks, trying different methods, but to start us off, I decided to cheat a bit and buy a bread mix.

I went to the supermarket and bought us a packet of cheese and herb soda bread mix. I’m not going to tell you how we made it – if you buy a packet of bread mix of your own, it will tell you what to do! It turned out to be a really good quick activity to do together. I made the mix and let it prove before getting R involved, and then when it was time to knead it we did it together. She can be quite fussy about ‘wet’ things sometimes and I’m trying to get her to experiment with touching different textures; true to form she was a bit wary of it at first, but after a little while she got rather into it, pushing her fingers into the dough and rolling little bits between her fingers.

bread

kneading the bread

I am planning to make a baguette with her next time, as I’ve made that before and it wasn’t a total disaster, and it was pretty easy. Also R actually likes baguette. She wouldn’t touch the soda bread…

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