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Harvest Bread: a recipe for children

Posted by Hallee on Oct 12, 2009 in Breads, Hallee's Galley, Holiday fare, Parenting, Recipes |

I was looking around online the other day to find something uniquely Canadian to post about Thanksgiving. Since Canadian Thanksgiving is actually a celebration of harvest and has nothing to do with pilgrims and the new world, what I found referenced over and over again was Harvest Bread.

Looking up harvest bread recipes, I came across this site. It’s all about fun and games for kids. I love that it has recipes kids can enjoy creating, including this awesome project especially for today’s Thanksgiving celebration.

harvestbreadHarvest Bread

INGREDIENTS:

300 g or 12 oz flour, preferably fresh ground whole wheat
pinch of Kosher or sea salt
½ sachet quick-action dried yeast (3.5 grams)
1 tablespoon vegetable or sunflower oil
210 ml or 3/8 pint warm water

Glaze
1 egg
¼ teaspoon water

SUPPLIES:

Measuring cups/spoons
baking sheet
pastry brush

PREPARATION:

Separate egg – use only the white for the glaze. Use a fork to mix with the water to create a glaze.

Set your oven at 425° degrees F/220° degrees C.

DIRECTIONS:

Sift the flour and add the yeast and salt. Make a well in the centre and pour the warm water and oil into the centre. Mix into a firm dough, adding a little more water or flour if the consistency is too dry or sticky. Place the dough onto a floured surface and have some fun kneading it for 5 minutes.
Now we can make either a plait or a wheatsheaf. Refer to the pictures below for instructions.

Easy Thanksgiving plait bread

Wheatsheaf

The wheatsheaf, a symbol of a successful harvest for Thanksgiving.

Once you have finished your design brush it with the egg yolk glaze.

Get mom or dad to carefully place your bread onto a greased baking tray and bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.

Tap the bread to see if it sounds hollow – this way you’ll know that it’s properly cooked!

Cool on a wire tray.

YIELD:

1 small loaf

NUTRITION: ~*~
High in selenium
High in thiamin
Low in saturated fat
Low in sodium
Very low in sugar
NUTRITION FACTS:
~*~
NOTES:

You can use these directions with any bread recipe to create these fun designs.

Double, triple, quadruple the recipe for all the children gathered to celebrate the holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I would love to hear any feedback about this recipe.  Did you make it?  Did you enjoy it?  Did you make any adjustments to it?

Hallee


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