Contributed by: NAPSA
Baking Up Family Fun In The Kitchen (NAPSA) - The next treat you bake could be more than delicious-it may be food for thought, too. That's because baking isn't just a fun way to bring the family together, it can be a good way to teach children skills ranging from math and science to reading and organizing.
"I have found that children love to touch, play and feel dough, especially kneading it and smacking it down from the first rise," says Sarah Philips, author of "Baking 9-1-1: Rescue From Recipe Disasters." She offers these tips for baking with yeast:
If you want to cook up some delicious family fun in your kitchen, try this tested recipe for Children's Raisin Buns.
Place water in large bowl. Sprinkle in yeast; stir until dissolved. Add milk, butter, sugar, salt, and 2 cups flour. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add egg and 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed.
Stir in raisins and enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down; roll to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with 2-inch biscuit cutter; place on greased baking sheets. Knead together trimmings; re-roll and cut. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
Bake at 375 F for 15 to 20 minutes or until done. Remove from sheets; cool on wire racks.
Serving Size: Makes 24 Rolls
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