I just received some information about a really neat, new site! It is called Recipes for Fun, and is done by Clorox Clean-Ups. The whole thought being that sometimes having fun can be messy and Clorox Clean-Ups can help, well...with the cleanup part! On their new site, Recipes for Fun, you will find crafts, cooking, wacky science, all sorts of fun projects you can do together with your children. The best part is that for the opening of this new site, Clorox Clean-Ups is having an Ultimate Mess Party contest. You, my neighbors, can sign up for a chance to win $10,000 towards an Ultimate Mess Party! Plus there are other prizes being awarded daily, just for registering or sharing a recipe. Now I know some of my neighbors have some great ideas to share! So hurry over to Recipes for Fun and enter.
Having had 6 children, we have run through all sorts of crafts and recipes. Even the boys participated in crafts and cooking. My youngest is presently going through a cooking stage! She loves to try new things! She recently baked her very own loaf of bread and made a chocolate cream pie! I thought I would share the recipe she used!
2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Package Active Dry Yeast or Quick Rise Yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup warm water
2 Tablespoons margarine (or butter) softened
Add dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Mix them together. Then add 1 cup very warm water and the 2 Tablespoons softened margarine. Mix on low speed or by hand for approx. 1 minute. Slowly add more flour, perhaps a 1/4 cup at a time until dough is moist, but not sticky.
Knead by hand (this was the fun part for my daughter) for approx. 10 minutes.until dough is smooth but stretchy (not sure that is a word!)
Place the dough in a well oiled bowl and turn it so that it is all lightly coated with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place until it doubles in bulk. (We sat ours on top of the stove.) This takes approx. 45 minutes.
Grease your loaf pan. Punch down your dough. (Another part my daughter enjoyed.) Place in pan, seam side down. Very lightly oil the top surface. Cover loosely with a clean cloth and allow the dough to rise again. You want it to be about double the original size. Anywhere from 25-40 minutes. While you are waiting for the dough to rise, pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees. After about 10 minutes reduce the temperature to 350 degrees. Bake about 30 more minutes. The crust should be a golden brown when done. Remove pan from oven, remove bread from pan and allow to cool on a rack. My family was never very good at this. They always want to eat it right away.
Yes, we had a mess to clean up, be sure to remember Clorox Clean-Ups, but she sure had fun! And the smile on her face when she was done was worth it all!
I just have to add another fun recipe we use, which is really easy. We make our own donuts! Moms need to over see this because you cook them in hot oil, but the children love cutting them out and then coating them with sprinkles, sugar, or even melted chocolate.
We start with refrigerated biscuit dough. You lay the biscuits out on a dry surface and using a small circular object, we have used plastic soda bottle lids, cut out the center of the biscuit. Save these, because your children will enjoy eating donut holes too! Fill a pan with oil and bring to a slow bubble. Slowly drop your donuts in and watch them cook. It doesn't take long. You will need to flip them over so both sides cook. Take them out and lay them on a rack for a moment to cool. Then allow your children to roll them in sugar, or sprinkles, apply icing or chocolate, and enjoy. Ours disappear as fast as we make them.
Now be sure to visit the Recipe for Fun site and enter their Ultimate Mess Party Contest. Also be sure to like the Clorox Facebook page.
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