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kneading - the song

MommaT's picture

kneading - the song


Just a light anecdote to brighten your day and perhaps provide some "assistance".  :-)

I perform all my breadmaking by hand - partly because I don't have a mixer and partly because the meditative aspects of breadmaking are half the reason I bake bread. 

Tonight, as I mixed Hamelmann's Oatmeal Bread by hand (big hunk of dough, that!) ALONE in the kitchen (sigh!), my mind began to wander as I hit the rhythmic stage of kneading.

You see, usually I am accompanied in my (daytime) breadmaking by my 2 year old son, who is a precocious chef.  He usually insists on 'helping'.  When he is no longer satisfied with his own blob of dough, I have developed a novel method to keep his hands out of the way -- the Kneading Song.  I promise you that once you hear this it will be forever stuck in your head as you knead - so beware if you read further!

Now he automatically sings it when I'm kneading (and sometimes when we are in the shops - much to the confusion of my fellow shoppers):

(to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Knead, knead, knead the dough

Make it nice and smoooooth

Fold it over, push it down

And now you're in the groooove

(Repeat until kneading is over; or as is usually the case, until you can get the #$!@ song out of your head!) 

Happy kneading!



Stringbean42's picture

Omigod, MommaT! That's the coolest song ever! I've gotta go make some bread right now so I can sing that song! (or at least I would.*sigh*. It's almost midnight here, and I doubt those living in my apartment building would be very happy about it!)

I just had an awful day at work but that cheered me right up, so thank you! :)

dmsnyder's picture

And a collection of ways to make bread with a 2 year old in the kitchen!

You get a chapter in each book, MommaT!


Paddyscake's picture

You made another chapter in your family memories, never to be forgotten. It's one that will always be triggered by the smell of fresh bread..that's wonderful!