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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 the sink to soak when you are through with them.

Three Recipes to Try (with books to go along)

Robot Bread 
Enjoy with: The Trouble with Dad by Babette Cole, a story of a Dad who can't stop making robots!

If your family has a bread machine, 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.

Monkey Bread 
To go with: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on a Bed by Eileen Christelow
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. 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 is totally wonderful.

Banana-Chocolate Chip Muffins 
Here'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 trickster tale from the Philippines, The Turtle and the Monkey by Paul Galdone.

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. 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 12 greased large muffin tins. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan.
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