Kids Baking Tips

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Kids can learn to bake delicious treats for their family. Baking requires precise measurements, correct oven temperatures, and the right ingredients. The kitchen is like a science laboratory where kids learn that cooking is fun. The magic ingredient in baking is yeast, a kind of microbe that eats starch when added to warm, moist bread dough. Yeast gives off carbon dioxide gas and alcohol. Gas is trapped as bubbles in the dough. These gas pockets expand when the bread dough is left overnight, causing the dough to rise. When making yeast breads, kids need to let the bread rise in a warm place, 80 degrees is ideal. Step one in baking is to preheat the oven to the temperature specified in the recipe. Kids can look like a baker with their hair tied back, sleeves rolled up, and wearing their own apron. Kids can read the recipe completely and set out all the ingredients and equipment on the counter in order of use before beginning to bake. Kids can prepare the baking pans with parchment paper or paper liners. Kids need to wash their hands thoroughly before kneading the dough or baking any recipe. In baking, one bowl is used to mix dry ingredients and another bowl is for wet ingredients. An oven mitt is an essential item for safety. Kids can check for doneness when the baking time in the recipe has elapsed by inserting a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean. The final tip for baking is for kids to clean the kitchen after cooking and to store their baked goods in an air tight container.

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