Monday, November 18, 2013

What is inside bread?

Yesterday, Joe asked me, "Mama, what is inside bread?"

I took this as a challenge, of course. Never let it be said that I don't teach my children important life skills.

Joe kneads bread.


Yes, Joe was still wearing his pajamas from the night before (plus a random thread on his sleeve). That's just how we roll at my house.

Joe kneads bread.


You gotta put your back into it, kid.

Joe and I talked about how the yeast likes warm water, and eats flour, and poops/farts out air that makes the bread rise and get fluffy. Steve said he may never eat bread again.

Joe kneads bread.


At one point, when I took over and started kneading, Joe said, "Wait! Leave me some to squash, mama!" Oh, honey. Don't worry. You can knead as much as you like. It may be theoretically possible to overknead whole wheat bread, but I've never seen it happen (we only started hand kneading after the dough got too stiff for the stand mixer's dough hook).

I remember my mom used to tell me that well-kneaded bread dough should feel smooth and taut and plump, like a baby's bottom. Baking bread connects me to my forebears. An almost unbroken line between Joe, and me, and a band of hunter-gatherers living around the Mediterranean many millennia ago.

Joe's bread


Joe's bread


The bread (a 100% whole wheat bread from this book) turned out beautifully. Brown and nutty, but not too dense.

Joe's bread


Joe's bread


Things that you've made from scratch always taste best. Especially if yeast farts are involved.

Joe's bread



I love these two. Even better, they love each other.

6 comments:

  1. Everyone is always covered in random thread in my house too! Bread looks great. You're making me hungry. Yeast farts and all.

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  2. I need some of that bread. With giant globs of butter. YUM. And the photo of the kiddos at the end is so adorable.

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    1. It did turn out well! I have the recipe typed somewhere, I'll share it!

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  3. That is the perfect science lesson. Excellent Mummy!
    (And Tilly frequently wear pj's all day, that is why I make nice ones)
    xx N

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    1. Haha! Glad we're not the only ones. I try to get Joe in a nice fresh shirt for bed, because I know he's likely to wear it the next day even if he changes into regular pants.

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