Thursday, June 19, 2008

Dinner Creativity

This is something fun I have started doing lately with my kids. I make bread dough in my bread machine (using the dough setting) and instead of baking an actual loaf, I let my kids create their own bread creations. Usually we pick a theme like, "what I did today" or "what is something I love?" The fun part comes in trying to guess what the sculpture is supposed to be. The pan above has a paintbrush, a smiley face, two flowers, spaghetti and meatballs, and a snowman- not that you couldn't tell already :).
After the creations are formed, you need to let the dough rise for one or two more hours and then it is ready for a brush of butter and a bake in your oven (you will decrease baking time from your typical loaf recipe). The kids love making and eating their dough creations. I love hearing their stories from school that often accompany these masterpieces. I also love that I can make dough in my bread machine with just 5 minutes (or less!) prep time. Anyone have an awesome bread recipe? I would love to try it!


mimi said...

I don't see the smiley face, but don't tell the kids :) :) And I have a wonderful small "bread encyclopedia" with all sorts of wonderful breads. I'll bring it to you.

mimi said...

what's up with continually posting at 5AM? please say it's a different time zone?

VoiceInTheWilderness said...

I love this idea! I've gotten lazy with my bread-baking, but I think this will help motivate me.