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You should never attempt to bake herby bread sticks with a toddler because…
1. As soon as you wipe the bench clean, put his apron on, and wash his hands… he will stick his finger up his nose.
2. Old band aids are not a secret ingredient.
3. Rosemary sprigs are not for sticking up your nose.
4. Your bread sticks may turn out looking rather deformed
5. “Is it ready?” “Is it done?” “Is it ready?” “Is it? Is it Mum????” Waiting for bread to rise is not a happy event.
6. Pastry brushes covered in melted butter are not for painting the bench with.
7. Poking grotty fingers into the nicely risen bread will cause it to deflate, rapidly.
8. You won’t know whether to be pleased or frustrated with his artistic finger painting in the flour on the bench.
9. Eating uncooked bread flour is probably not part of a nutritious diet.
10. It’s messy!
On the other hand… Baking bread with a toddler is a great sensory experience with loads of opportunities for learning. And if you don’t mind eating wonky looking bread sticks the look of triumph on your toddlers face as he announces “I made them my own self!” at the dinner table will be well worth it. Plus it wasn’t all that hard to clean up using Mr Muscle Touch Up.
If you’d like to make some herby bread sticks with your toddler (or even all on your own!) here’ the recipe
- 250ml of warm water
- 3 teaspoons of yeast
- 1 tbsp honey, gold syrup or equivalent
- 3 tables spoons of olive oil
- 500grams of bread flour
- a pinch of salt.
- 2 tbsp mixed herbs
- 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary chopped
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- Add the yeast and honey to the warm water and set it aside for a few minutes until the yeast starts to bubble a little.
- Combine the flour, mixed herbs and salt in the bread machine bowl (or a mixing bowl if you are mixing and kneading by hand).
- Add the olive oil to the yeast mixture and mix gently then pour into the flour.
- Set your bread machine to dough and let it mix everything together – check at this point to see if you need to add a little more water or flour, then let it knead and rise your dough.
- If mixing by hand, mix well, adding more water or flour if needed, then knead on a floured surface for five minutes, pop into a greased bowl, cover with glad wrap and leave in a warm place to rise for about 2 hours or until doubled in size.
- After the first rise knock the air out of your dough and give it a quick knead. Then divide your dough into about 8 pieces and form into long sausage shapes.
- Pop these into a well-greased baking dish, cover and set aside to rise for about an hour.
- When doubled in size brush gently with melted butter and sprinkle with rosemary and a little extra salt if you like.
- Pop them in a hot oven (about 220 C) for about 15-20 minutes or until they are golden brown on top. Allow them to cook in the dish for another 5-10 minutes and serve while still warm.
I’ve been trying out Mr Muscle Touch-Up, both the kitchen and bathroom versions and it’s s super easy way to keep on top of the constant mess that is generated in our house.
You can leave it sitting on your bench and with the fancy dispenser you just grab a cloth, push down on the top and it squirts it right into the cloth, ready to go. It copes with the mess and boogers from making bread, as well as the hardened toothpaste that somehow comes to adorn our bathroom counter top every morning, with the added bonus of being antibacterial.
You could win a year’s supply of Mr Muscle Touch-Up simply by leaving a comment on this post and telling me…
What’s the biggest mess your kids have ever made?
Two winners will receive six packs of Mr Muscle Touch-Up for the Bathroom and six for the kitchen. The most interesting or funny answers will win.
Entries close Monday July 8th at 5pm and you must be an Australian resident to enter. Find full terms in conditions here.