How to make bread dough with a 19 month old

  1.  Pull a chair from the dining room into the kitchen for kiddo to stand on because she’s not tall enough to see the counter otherwise, and she gets heavy quickly.  
  2.  Go down to the basement to get whole wheat flour.  Let kiddo run around for 10 minutes until she’s willing to go back up stairs. 
  3. Put kiddo on chair and put three cups of water into a tupperware container.  Let kiddo slosh it around with a spoon.  Add 1 1/2 tablespoons each of yeast and salt as sloshing continues.      Photobucket
  4. Add one cup of whole wheat flour.  Wrestle spoon away from kiddo to stir it a little yourself.
  5. Look into flour canister and realize that you only have one cup of unbleached flour and you need 5 1/2 cups.  Wrestle spoon away from kiddo again, while trying to explain why you have to go to the store.  Chase kiddo around while trying to put her coat on.  Struggle to get kiddo into car. 
  6. Arrive at grocery store and get kiddo little cart to push.  See grapes on sale.  Feed grapes to kiddo (sorry for stealing, Thriftway).  Steer little cart toward flour.  Progress is slow.   We keep stopping for more grapes.  Purchase flour.  Drive home.                                     Photobucket
  7. Upon arrival at home, wash grapes, pretending that a ton weren’t already eaten before being washed.  Put kiddo back on chair and add 5 1/2 cups unbleached flour from newly purchased bag.  Let her stir for a minute.  Flour is now everywhere.  Grab another spoon to help with the stirring since it is getting nowhere fast.  Trade spoons because the new one is better.  Keep stirring since the dough isn’t quite as wet as it should be after sitting while you went to the store.  Take one spoon away, as the kiddo thinks that her hands will work better.1/30/09
  8.  Let kiddo eat a huge handful of dough.  Put dough away to rise and clean flour and dough off of every surface near you. Give kiddo some more grapes and set her free to play.
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1 Response to “How to make bread dough with a 19 month old”


  1. 1 Kristen Creese January 30, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    I love the little grocery cart! Every grocery store should have those! I miss my baby girl . . . .


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