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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

How To Make Whole Wheat Frog Bread

The kids decide to bake bread in the shape of a frog

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 Now that school is out for the summer and the kids are stuck at home all-day, this mom has to be creative with keeping them busy. So I decided to let the boys do some bread baking. Baking bread teaches science, math, and art so they are being homeschooled. That is a win-win during this time of sheltering in place during the C lung virus pandemic. I get delicious bread and the boys have a fun school lesson!


Frog bread it is



Since the boys have been spending extra time online during the Covid crisis, they discovered frog bread. I have no clue how they stumbled upon a bread that is shaped like a frog. I am sure my boys were not on Pinterest looking for bread recipes or Googling bread recipes looking for a pretzel bread recipe. Maybe I should have asked them how they saw a loaf of bread that is formed into the shape of a frog. However, they found the frog bread recipe does not matter, the boys just asked me if they could make frog bread. So I decided that this froggy bread would be great to write about on my website so you too can make bread that looks like a frog with your kids.

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Making them learn

 I am all about self-learning or independent learning while the boys are home. So I printed my honey whole wheat bread recipe and handed it to my younger son. I was not going to have him search for a bread recipe when I know that my bread recipe is the best. The kitchen was opened for my boys to have fun baking. I gave my son some bread baking tips and gave both boys permission to look up how to make a frog bread but then I stayed out of the kitchen. I like that my boys are old enough to bake without my help and they are excited to learn new recipes beyond baking cookies. My youngest son loves to bake cookies and his favorite cookie to bake is one bowl vegan peanut butter cookies. The next oldest son doesn't like cooking but he loves art projects. So shaping bread dough into a frog was the perfect art project for my son.


Learning about kneading dough



 My younger son used the KitchenAid mixer to make the bread dough. This stand mixer was the best small appliance purchase ever! The stand mixer makes it easier for my son to bake and he makes less mess in the kitchen. The Kitchenaid stand mixer is great for mixing bread dough and more. I love my stand mixer for creaming the butter for homemade cookies as it saves me time. Once the dough was mixed, I did show my son how to knead bread dough so the dough would be the perfect texture. I used this time to teach my son about wheat gluten and how kneading bread dough improves the elasticity and texture of the dough. Gluten is the reason gluten-free bread is not soft and chewy. To get more tips for bread baking check out this bread baking post that includes 11 amazing bread recipes.

 

Shaping the bread into a frog and turtle



 My boys decided to also make a turtle-shaped bread in addition to the frog-shaped bread. So make sure to double the bread dough recipe so each kid gets their own piece of bread dough to shape into a frog or other animal. The below recipe has instructions on how to shape the bread dough so it looks like a frog. The bread dough is like play dough so have fun rolling the dough and shaping it. If you want to have more fun with bread dough you need to make Focaccia Bread Flowers.





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The smell of bread baking is the best

 I was working upstairs while the boys were being creative in the kitchen but once I started smelling bread baking in the oven, I knew that the bread was done. So I headed downstairs to take the bread out of the oven for photos. My boys were surprised that I knew the bread had finished baking. I have a good sense of smell and I can tell when bread and cookies are done. The smell of bread baking in the oven is the best smell, especially on a cold winter day. Winter is the best time to bake bread as it warms up the house. I was thankful that it was not a hot day as using the oven in the summer can make your house seem miserable.  So in the summer, I make homemade bagels in the air fryer.



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The best part of baking bread

 The best part of baking bread is eating a warm slice of bread fresh from the oven. It was fun to dissect a frog, more science learning for a homeschool win. I ate a frog leg piece of bread and it was so delicious. It was the best frog leg that I have ever tasted. The boys were so proud that they learned how to bake bread and asked if they can bake something else. I can't wait to see what other unique recipes that the boys discover when they have their daily computer time. Maybe I should teach the boys about searching for recipes on Pinterest and how to Pin recipes on Pinterest. That way they can help me with my Pinterest page. Make sure to check my MomKnowsBest's Pinterest page and follow me so you can discover more amazing recipes. I need 300 more Pinterest followers to be able to attend a conference next year and would really appreciate the follow.

Make sure to Pin this recipe on Pinterest so you can bake a frog


Whole Wheat Frog Bread

Whole Wheat Frog Bread

Yield: 1 frog shaped loaf
Author:
A creative way to shape a loaf of bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 raisins or dried cranberries for eyes
  • 1 egg, whisked together for brushing on the dough

Instructions:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Knead the dough until it's smooth and just slightly tacky, about 8 to 10 minutes. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap, and let it rise until doubled in volume in a warm spot, about 1 hour.
  3. Once your bread is done rising, gently deflate the dough. Then lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray or oil.
  4. Cut the dough into three even pieces.
  5. Take 2 of the pieces of the dough and form into an oval shape-this is the frog's body. Place this on the baking sheet.
  6. Cut the remaining dough into 8 pieces with two of the pieces being slightly bigger for the frogs hind legs. Take the two larger pieces and shape those into a sausage shape. Then place those near the back of the frog's body.
  7. To form the frog's eyes, take two dough pieces, and form them into two balls. Place the eyes on the front of the body. Then place a raisin or dried cranberry in the middle of each eye.
  8. Then take 2 more pieces of the bread dough and form those into feet for the hind legs and place them in the front of the hind legs.
  9. With the remaining 2 dough pieces form them into a sausage shape and cut three toes on the front of those. Tuck those two pieces under the front of the frog.
  10. Lightly cover the dough with plastic wrap and place it in a warm place for an hour to rise. When the dough has risen, take a pastry brush and brush the egg all over the top of the frog before baking.
  11. Bake the bread in a preheated 350°F oven for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.  Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool before slicing.

Notes:

You can shape this bread in other fun animal shapes like a turtle. Just play around with the dough and form it
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26 comments:


  1. I admit that it makes a bit of sense xD but it is absolutely adorable as inventive!

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  2. That is adorable! I love that the boys helped. They have a great eye for making cooking fun.

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  3. This looks so fun to do with the kids during quarantine and I bet it tastes delicious.

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  4. Oh my gosh, how fun. I need to make this with my kids for sure. We'll be amused for sure.

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  5. I think baking is a terrific way to incorporate learning and fun. The frog bread looks great! Nothing beats homemade bread.

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  6. This is so darn cute! I totally giggled and grin when I landed on the page and saw the frog bread. Love that it turned out so darn tasty while also being cute.

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  7. Whoa! I have never seen Frog Bread before but it's so darn creative! And I couldn't agree with you more - I love, love, LOVE my KitchenAid mixer.

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  8. This is so cute and creative. My niece and nephews will love doing this with me.

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  9. This is so cute! I love the frog so much! It bakes up super cute! My kids would be sad to eat it.

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  10. That looks so great. I love it! My kids would really like this too. They love frogs and bread.

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  11. I need to let you know that this is the most creative thing in the world. I would love to try it and congratulate you on your creativity

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  12. Your son is so creative in making this look for bread. I need to try this with my kids it looks fun!

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  13. Looks like so much fun and my boys would love to make it!


    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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  14. This is such a fun recipe! I bet my twins would love baking frog bread!

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  15. I love these!! So cute!! My kids will love to try these!

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  16. Oh my! These are the cutest loaves of bread EVER! You're so creative! Kudos to you my dear!

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  17. I loved the shape you have made. I would try to make it for my friends.

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  18. I don't like frogs! However, for my son's benefit we will make the frog bread. We've been watching the tadpoles change in our front pond, so this will be a wonderful way to expand on and celebrate our nature study.

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  19. it looks quite interesting and funny to do..love this activity it really looks much cute...Thanks for sharing this unique way..just loved to and gonna surely try this out...(World in Eyes)

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  20. My daughters would love this! What a fun addition to dinner at home.

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  21. That looks like so much fun! I love that the frog and turtle shapes help to make it far more interesting for children. I'm going to have to share this with my sister-in-law. I know that she does a lot of baking with my nieces.

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  23. Honestly, that bread is the cutest one i have ever laid eyes on...!!! Thanks for sharing

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  24. hahah omg this is such an adorable idea! my youngest would definitely love this! i will be sure to try this out!

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  25. Such a fun and interesting idea to make with kids. My kids would love this.

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  26. Awww... What a cute frog bread! Thanks for the recipe!

    xoxo
    Lovely

    http://mynameislovely.com

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