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Introduction to Yeast Bread Activity with Modern Marvels: Bread |Bread-in-a-Bag Recipe

modern marvels yeast bread in a bag recipeI like to show Modern Marvels: Bread to my Bakery students because it gives so much historical information on bread that I could never cover.  It also demonstrates sourdough and Challah, which we do not have time to make with our limited class time.

There is a fine line between teachers using videos to enhance their lesson and using videos to replace their lesson.  As someone who watched Kindergarten Cop in elementary music and Field of Dreams in eighth grade health, I want to be sure that I stay on the right side of the line.

That’s why I kept my students busy making bread while learning about bread.  Everything in this recipe is made in a heavy-duty gallon freezer bag which means minimal mess.  It is a good activity for classrooms with no real kitchens.  Bread could be baked in the cafeteria ovens.

If the $20 price tag for a new DVD is too much for your department to handle, I highly suggest using Amazon instant video. This episode of Modern Marvels: Bread cost just $1.99.  Instant video is super handy when you’re watching TV and think I wish I had recorded this! This is exactly what my students should know! 

Modern Marvels: Bread

2:45 “First, sugar, yeast, and flour are mixed with water into a one thousand pound ball called a sponge.”

In a heavy duty plastic bag, combine:
1 C warm water
2 T sugar
2 t yeast
1 C all purpose flour

Let stand until 9:50.

9:50 “Across the Kansas State Campus, in the Bakery Science Laboratory, scientists have devised dozens of tests to check the quality of flour.”

Add:
2 t salt
2 T vegetable oil

Mix well.

Add 1 C flour at a time, up to 2 C. Squish and knead the dough until it begins to leave the side of the bag. Set aside until 20:15.

20:15 “Wheat may be the basis for most bread, but corn is an American specialty.”

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Gently deflate the dough and turn the dough out onto lightly floured surface. Form dough into round ball, tucking seams underneath. Place dough on lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Cut slashes in dough as demonstrated with the San Francisco sourdough. Cover with tea towel and allow to rise.

End of episode

Bake bread on middle oven rack for 30 – 40 minutes or until done. Methods used to test doneness in the video include listening for crunch or tapping for a hollow sound. A sure way is to see that internal temperature is at least 205 F with an instant-read thermometer.

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Complement Your Family and Consumer Sciences Lessons with “Good Eats” Episodes

I would be hard-pressed to meet a culinary arts teacher who does not love Alton Brown’s Good Eats.  It is a fantastic collection of 20-minute lessons on specific food science concepts.  Each episode goes in depth on a specific technique, trend, issue, or food.

Even my hyperactive self cannot match Alton Brown’s passion for culinary arts, so I integrate episodes into my curriculum.  In addition to being spoiled rotten with fantastic administration, students, and block scheduling, my department owns every episode on DVD! My favorite episodes include:

  • The Dough Also Rises
  • The Muffin Method Man
  • American Slicer
  • Choux Shine
  • …and many others, although I watch most of them for just my personal enjoyment.
An invaluable resource is Good Eats Fanpage.  The website lists every episode by topic and links to a version on YouTube.  It also includes a transcript of every episode, which is handy to refer back to during demonstrations.
As much as I love Good Eats, I suffer severe my-students-are-sitting-still guilt if I show videos too often.  That’s not to say I can’t binge-watch in the comfort of my own home!
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