Cooking for Parents

3 c. flour
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 tsp. yeast
1 1/2 c warm water (divided)
2 Tbsp. oil
2-3 children, small

Wash all hands, put on aprons. Get stools or chairs so everyone can see over the counter. Make sure everyone has their own, or someone will get pushed off. Get out bowls and spoons. Avoid any electric tools. Get out ingredients. Remove bowl from child’s head. Wash bowl, and return to counter.
Mix together yeast and 1/2 c. (now lukewarm) water, set aside. (Out of reach is probably best) Measure out remaining dry ingredients. Remove child’s hands from sugar, remeasure sugar. Sweep up salt. Remeasure salt. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Add warm water and oil, stir until combined. Add yeast and water mixture, let child stir. Wipe flour off counter, wall, and child. 
Turn dough onto floured surface, by now this shouldn’t be hard because that will describe most of your kitchen. Knead for 6-8 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Find out why children have been so quiet for 6-8 minutes. Put tupperware back in cabinet and cookbooks back on the shelf. While dough is rising, wash children. Have a child punch dough down and let rise again. Read a book, or three. Wash hands again. Let a different child punch dough down, and divide into loaves. Make lunch, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake between 45 and 65 minutes, depending on how many diapers you have to change the moment the timer goes off. Let cool thoroughly, serve as snack. Or dinner. 

Servings: As many as you can get
Prep Time: Most of the day
Nutritional value: Who knows?
Worth it: Absolutely


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