Boys Baking Bread

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This summer Mr. M and I are hosting only one of our grandchildren, so far. A far cry from the summer we had five grandkids… It seems that the recession has put a crimp in the Mexico vacations for the kids.

The one we have is our thirteen year old grandson. He has made friends with the thirteen year old boy that lives across the street from us. The friend is bilingual, and is helping our grandson learn some Spanish. They play soccer (called fútbol here) in our cul-de-sac, watch the world cup together, and yesterday they learned how to make pan, or bread, in my kitchen.

The bread is wonderful fresh garlic-cheese flat bread, easy to make because there is no kneading. After all, I am not sure I would enjoy eating bread after two thirteen year old boys  had their hands in it­­… They had a ball using my extra sharp chef’s knife to chop the fresh garlic cloves and the cheese. I know they could have used the kitchen shears, but the element of danger is so much more exciting! I think it is an excellent safety lesson for teens and pre-teens to actually learn the proper way to use knives in the kitchen.

The two did all of the measuring and preparation for the dough, with a little guidance from me.  My Kitchenaid mixer did most of the work, but they really had a ball stirring the cheese and garlic into the dough at the end and were surprised when two strapping teens couldn’t stir the dough as easily as one Grandma!

Teens adding ingredients to bread dough

The photo is blurry because they were moving so fast and furious, trying to beat the additions into the batter.

Here is what it looked like when we poured it into the pans:

Dough ready to rise
The dough is ready to rise

The color of the dough looks kind of dark because it is half whole wheat flour. The yellowish liquid id olive oil that is poured into the pan prior to the dough. It gives the bread a nice crispy crust after it is baked. Surprisingly though, it doesn’t prevent the bread from wanting to stick to the pan. I think it is because of the cheese!

Here is the end result:

Crispy flat bread ready to enjoy!
Hot out of the oven!

Notice the yellow crust? It is from the olive oil. The bread was garlicky, cheesy and impossible to resist! I think the boys did a great job!

You can find a the recipe that inspired us here, at the King Arthur website. We made a few “secret” changes, like using grated Parmesan cheese and homegrown herbs in the dough and doubling the recipe, but basically the process was the same. We doubled the recipe so that our grandson’s friend could take half home to his family.

What did two thirteen year old boys do while waiting for the bread to rise? Played fútbol and video games, of course!

3 thoughts on “Boys Baking Bread

    Roberto said:
    July 11, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    You sound like a wonderful person and teacher. Todays kids seem to have everything given to them without knowing what it takes.

    Your husband must be a lucky man to have a great cook like you.


    Cristina said:
    July 12, 2010 at 3:45 am

    Wow, this Roberto fellow sounds like a man who knows a good thing when he sees it!


    Cristina said:
    July 12, 2010 at 3:48 am

    I’m glad you’re posting again. I have missed you.


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