Bear Bread for Kids

2 pkg. (4.5 teaspoons) active dry yeast
2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
2 teaspoons salt
2 eggs
about 6 1/2 cups flour

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/3 cup warm water. Heat milk, sugar, butter, and salt to 110 degrees F. Add to dissolved yeast along with eggs and 3 cups of flour. Beat for 3 minutes on medium speed. Add enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 3-5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in a bowl, cover with a wet tea towel, and let rise 1 hour.

Punch dough down and divide the dough into fourths. Shape one of the fourths into a ball and place each one on a greased baking sheet to serve as the body of the bear.

 Now divide one of the fourths in half, and shape into a ball, and place above the body piece to serve as the head.
Divide the remaining fourths each into seven pieces. Shape each piece into a ball. Don't worry about uneven dividing. Have them pick out the four largest balls for the paws, the next two largest balls for the ears, and the smallest ball for the nose of each bear.

Place raisins or something similar on for the eyes.
Cover the bears with a wet tea towel and let them rise in a warm place for 30 minutes, or until doubled.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes, or until browned. Cool on a wire rack.
I found the recipe and idea here at The Frugal Girl.
I have also seen this wonderful lesson with bear bread fractions at Almost Unschoolers.


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