Kids Cook: How to shape no knead bread dough

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In 2012, more than one-third of children were overweight or obese in America. Our generation and our children’s generation are not expected to outlive our parents. We need to fight childhood obesity. Our health and our children’s health are in danger. Our kids are less active and in more pain than we were.

And I’m scared.

I don’t want to outlive my kids.

My uncle died when he was in his fifties, nearly fifteen years before my grandma passed away. She was never the same. She said it wasn’t right, outliving your child.

So, I fight. I fight for my kid’s health.

And I do it by cooking.

Over the next few months, I’m launching a series of cooking tutorials. But, these aren’t your standard, do this then that, tutorials. These tutorials are focused on cooking WITH your kids. I’ll show you not only how to use simple cooking techniques, I’ll show you how to teach those techniques to your littles.

Why? Because if our children understand the process behind the food they eat, then they are equipped to make smart choices now and in the future.

Because when we cook we are in charge of the ingredients. We control the sugar, salt, and oil that goes into the food.

Because if our children understand the process behind the food they eat then they are equipped to make smart choices now and in the future.

Because childhood is precious, and every minute invested in our children is worth it.

Because sometimes everyday moments, like making bread with mom, become the fondest memories.

So, here’s my first Kids Cook Tutorial: How to Shape Bread.

This is a technique I learned from the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day book series. In the book, they call it a gluten cloak. The technique is a way to shape wet no knead dough. When I publish my recipe for 1-hour light wheat french bread this technique will be useful.

You will need one ball of no-knead bread dough. I’ll include the link here when my recipe is up on the site.

Step 1: Dust your hands with flour and pat the dough into a ball. Sticky hands are a must!

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Step 2: Use your fingers to press up from underneath the center of the dough. I was so proud of how well my little champ did this step. It’s amazing what kids are capable of with the right combination of leeway and guidance.

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Step 3: Stretch the dough around itself, turning it until it forms a ball. See the shaggy texture in the photo? That’s because it was turned so many times! The kids had fun :)

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Step 4: Turn the ball over and pinch the bottom together. She’s doing a great job isn’t she? I just showed her what to do, handed her a heavy hunk of dough, and let her get those little fingers moving.

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Step 5: Give each kid bits of dough (as long as there’s no egg it’s harmless if they eat some) and play!



You can take the dough, let it rise, and bake it now. Your kids will probably play until the house smells of… amazingness. My kids love making bread with me. They brag about their work when we’re eating the bread afterward.

So, I guess there’s only one more question left.

Are you ready to fight?