Monday, March 16, 2009

The Bread and Yeast Experiment

I helped out with a bread and yeast experiment in my son's class at school last week. I started off by having the kids grind their own whole wheat flour by hand. Then they added the remaining ingredients to a heavy-duty one-gallon ziploc bag, sealed it and took turns kneading the dough in the bag--one regular-sized loaf per bag for each group of four students.

Next we divided the dough into four pieces and they each shaped their own mini-loaf. We placed them on parchment-lined baking sheets to rise and I wrote their names on the parchment next to each loaf so they'd be sure to get their own loaf back. While the bread was rising, they helped me make a batch of blackberry and blueberry freezer jam.

Another mom did a demonstrated mixing yeast, sugar and water in a flask and placing a balloon over the top. They took measurements at intervals as the balloon filled with carbon dioxide.

When the loaves had risen, I took them all home, baked them and brought them back for an afternoon snack of bread and jam. The students were so proud of themselves! One girl commented that it was "almost the best bread she had ever eaten!"

My son giving his bread and jam a thumbs up.


Jeannetta said...

If it was "Almost the best bread she ever had", I'm very curious as to what WAS the best?? lol

DaveH said...

We love the freezer jam at our house! We may never buy store jam again.
We still need to make bread from scratch tho.

brown eyed girl said...

Mmm...homemade bread...another reason to be excited to come home in a little over a month:)

Eugenia said...

Great idea! I just made a boysenberry freezer jam in those little containers, too!

I have a question for the baking goddess: at the Master Gardener training meeting a couple of weeks ago, someone brought in a millet quickbread studded with dried cranberries. The millet wasn't ground, and it provided a great, crunchy texture. Do you have any recipes for breads with millet?

Hope all is well down there, and you're enjoying sunny CA.

Jennifer--flavorsoftheumpqua said...

Hey there! I have never made a quick bread with millet, but I have made a yeasted millet bread that also has oatmeal and part, but not all, whole wheat flour. Millet does add a nice crunch. Let me know if you want the recipe.