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Bread to Bake

March yourself into the kitchen, and start making some delicious bread! We have recipes for kid favorites teamed with fun books for a smart, sweet weekend treat.

Note to young bakers: for all of these recipes, make sure a grown-up is nearby to give help and answer questions if you need it.

Here are a couple of things to remember when baking:

  • Wash your hands before beginning any cooking project.
  • Pans coming out of the oven are HOT. Always use pot holders on both your hands, and make sure you have a cooling rack ready to receive the pan.
  • Turn off the oven when you have finished using it.
  • Put your dirty dishes in a sink of water to soak when you are through with them.

Three Recipes to Try (with books to go along)

Robot Bread 
Cover to Little Robot by Ben HatkeWe call our bread machine the Bread Bot. If your family has one, it's really easy to make a loaf—or knead some dough for pizza or pretzels or hot rolls. Just follow the instructions that came with the machine. Click here for a simple, good recipe from King Arthur Flour.

Enjoy while reading Little Robot, by Ben Hatke, a story of a girl who befriends a robot and must protect him the robot management system.

Monkey Bread 
A terrific recipe for a cinnamon pull-apart loaf from Pillsbury that young kids can enjoy cooking. You will need:

1 can of refrigerated biscuits (with layers)
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar


Heat oven to 400°F. Generously grease 8x4-inch loaf pan (do not use dark-coated pan). In small shallow bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon; mix well.
Separate dough into 10 biscuits; cut each into quarters. Dip each quarter into melted margarine; roll in sugar-cinnamon mixture. Arrange in greased loaf pan.
Bake at 400°F. for 19 to 27 minutes, until done. Cool 2 minutes. Loosen edges; remove from pan. Place on serving plate. Serve warm. While this is good and fast, the made-from-scratch, yeasty version from King Arthur Flour is totally wonderful.

While you're waiting for your bread to cook, read or listen to Five Little Monkeys Jumping on a Bed, by Eileen Christelow

Banana-Chocolate Chip Muffins 
Cover to Detective Small in the Amazing Banana CaperHere's a quick bread that uses baking soda to make it rise instead of yeast, so you can have these ready in about half an hour.
Try this one with a mystery: Detective Small in the Amazing Banana Caper.


3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup chocolate chips
3 medium mashed bananas
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease large muffin tins or use muffin/cupcake liners.  In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar and butter. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until mixture is creamy (1-2 minutes). Add banana, eggs and vanilla. Continue beating, scraping bowl often until well mixed (1-2 minutes). By hand, stir in flour, baking soda and salt until well moistened. Fold in the chocolate chips. Spoon into prepared muffin tins. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan.
Recipe from Cooks.com

Hungry for more books about bread? In Everybody Bakes Bread, Carrie discovers there are many different kinds, including chapatis, challah, and papusas—and some recipes are included!