I have always wanted to learn how to bake bread. It is one of those earthy, connecting with the homemaking part of me that yearns to leap out in the middle of all of my techie interests…
I think NyGirl caught my bread-baking bug, and she decided one school morning she wanted to help me bake italian bread sticks for that day’s dinner.
|Forming the dough into shapes|
|Finally on the pan (not perfectly shaped, but the best we could do!)|
- Whole wheat pita pockets
- About ½ cup spinach puree
- About 2 cups of tomato sauce or pizza sauce
- About ½ bag of mozzarella cheese
- About ½ bag of cheddar cheese
Set the oven to 400 degrees. Spread spinach puree on each pita (if you don’t want your kids to detect the spinach only spread it to about ½ inch from the edge). Spread the sauce over the spinach. Cover the sauce with cheese. Bake for about 10 minutes. Let the pizzas cool for about 5 minutes so the cheese doesn’t pull off and expose the spinach!
My kids love these, I like it…and I even think hubby likes it too- which makes it a hit in our house!
As for the Italian bread…it turned out really well that evening last week. We paired it with plates of spaghetti and pasta sauce (blended with a puree of steamed broccoli- another hidden green!) Turned out well 🙂
And though I haven’t turned full fledge into a bread baking mama, I am enjoying skirting around the idea of it. Meanwhile, I get a kick out of baking up cupcakes, cookies, and other sweet treats. My next goal: to find fun ways to “healthify” our sweets. I think I may try some sweet potato purees…
We shall see.
And I promise, in one of these next few posts I am going to get back to the techie stuff! So hang tight. 🙂