I was making soft pretzels the other day when I needed several minutes to do the steps without being bothered. I'd remembered eating at Il Vicino with the Anyanonu's months ago and thought it was interesting that they gave kids some pizza dough to play with while we waited for our meal. So while Canaan was in his high chair, I pinched out some dough for him and kneaded it with flour so it wasn't sticky. I let him play with it until he got tired of it...about 20 minutes. Boys and girls, I thought that was spectacular for a 19 month old active little boy!
So the next time you're cooking and needing a few minutes without your kids running wild. Have them "cook" with you by giving them some dough for them to "make their own" whatever.
TIP: Make a batch or 1/2 batch every week. Keep in fridge for times of need.
TIP 2: Give them tools to play with the dough. Spoons, wooden dowls as rolling pins, forks, straws, etc.
Any bread dough will work. Here's an easy one:
Pizza/soft pretzel dough
2 cups warm water
1 T sugar
1 pkg yeast (or 2 1/4 t)
5 to 6 cups flour
Posted by Kimber on Tuesday, November 2, 2010