Friday, November 13, 2009

The Science of Bread

Bread, bread, bread. I'm up to my ears in it! We had a fabulous visit to Thompson's Mill, made a few batches of Cranberry Orange Bread, visited Bob's Red Mill (more about that later)....

We found The Science of a Loaf of Bread at the library. It fit in perfectly with life and studies the last couple weeks. I was surprised by the amount of information in this book, and at a level just right for Levi and Luke. It covers various grains, why we eat bread, the different parts of wheat, how flour is made, how yeast works, making dough, how bread rises, what happens to bread as it is baked, how your body digests bread, physical and chemical changes, pictures, diagrams, experiments, and recipe and instructions for making bread.

Luke begged to make the bread. He had already read all the ingredients and instructions in the book, so there was no deviation from his plan. I think he had most of the ingredients out and on the counter before I finally caved. The kitchen was a disaster, we had other things to do, but there was no putting him off. We made bread. And, boy howdy, was he proud of his loaf!

Luke's Bread

I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series. We have The Science of a Glass of Water on our stack for this next week. Water.... I think I can handle that.

9 comments:

Heasleye said...

Oh, that would be perfect for us right now. We were supposed to bake bread last week, but it didn't happen. Where did you find the chef's hat? Ethan would LOVE that!

Carrie said...

What a darling picture!!! Love it!! ;)

Sandy Toes said...

OH..how fun! I love that picture.
sandy toe

Heidi said...

Elaine~ We got the chef's hat (along with a bunch of other dress-up hats) really inexpensively through U. S. Toys. I think they are out of stock right now, though (of course...).

Miss•Elena•Eous said...

How wonderful! There really is nothing so delicous as a fresh loaf of bread.

Anonymous said...

Hooray! I can't wait to read that book. Sounds like a great series and a fun activity! Carter's been begging to make bread too. :) ~Tera

Rhonda said...

I've never heard of that book. Love that picture of your son with his bread-he should be quite proud of that wonderful loaf!

I'm glad I happened upon your blog again-I found it through the Classical Homeschooling Carnival.

Jennifer said...

We have been all about bread around here! Never heard of that book... off to see if my library has it... Thanks!

Crystal said...

I love your blog! you are truly my inspiration on many levels : ) I am trying to learn as much as I can from you. Thanks for the blog coffee break~