Bread baking is something my children started when they went to our local inspired by Waldorf preschool. It is a magical little cottage by the sea that opened my eyes to the wonderful world of rhythm, routine, reverence and ritual. The four r’s are what keep the sweet little school humming. It is now what keeps my home humming along. Bread baking day is something all my children thoroughly look forward to. Here is the song we sing as we ‘huck a buck’ the bread, followed by the recipe.
We mix the dough
We kneed the dough
We let it rise…
We punch the dough
And pat the dough
It grows before our eyes…
Hot, brown loaf
From a little ball
It rises up
To feed us all.
This is one of the bread recipes we make on bread baking day.
1 1/2 cup of warm water
1/4 cup of maple syrup
1 tbsp dry yeast
2 tbsp of melted coconut oil
2 tsp of salt
3-4 cups of flour. I use organic white but you could do spelt too.
In a small bowl, combine water, maple syrup, and yeast. Allow to sit about 10 minutes. This allows the yeast fairies to do their work and create a foamy mixture wink emoticon
Add oil, salt and just enough flour to create dough that pulls away from the side sides of the bowl.
Kneed dough on table about 10-15 minutes. The children call it huck a buck the dough.
Place dough in a large, clean, lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap . Proof in a warm, quiet place for 45-60 minutes or until dough has doubled
Gently punch down dough (10-15 strokes) and have the children make what ever shapes they like. On this particular day we braided the bread. We also sprinkle it with cinnamon and sugar, yum.
Loosely cover dough and set aside in a warm quiet place. Allow to rise 40 minutes
Preheat oven to 375
Place bread in the oven and bake approximately 30 minutes or until golden and firm to the touch.