The Baker

On Wednesday my grandson wanted to come over and hang out in the evening. I told him he could, but he had to help me cook for Thanksgiving Dinner which was the following day. He thought about it and said he would help. This came as a shock to everyone, he never wants to help. But Wednesday evening when he got there, he was ready to work.

His job? Make bread sticks from scratch.

His experience? None.

So we began by a discussion of measuring, he got it. He scooped, he measure and the ingredients began to fill the mixing bowl. We heated milk and butter, he added it to the bowl. He cracked his first egg into an empty cup, we fished out some shell, he added it to the bowl. I showed him how to turn on the mixer. From there on he would stick his arms out to guard the bowl because, “I can do it.”

When it was ready to turn onto the board to knead is when I remembered to grab my camera to document this event.

Dusting the bread board.

Dusting the bread board, concentration on getting it just right is evident by his tongue.

Kneading the dough.

Kneading the dough, gently squash it down, turn and fold.

The dough was put in an oiled bowl, covered with a towel and placed in a slightly warm oven to rise. While we waited we moved on to peeling potatoes.

Peeling potatoes

A pan for scraps, a large bowl filled with ice water for the potatoes.

His enthusiasm for peeling waned fairly quickly but he hung in there working until the bread had risen to the top of the bowl and was ready for the next step.

Punching the dough down.

Turned out on the floured board, Hayden punches down the dough.

He was so surprised at how soft and tender the dough was. Again a lot of concentration as he flattened the dough.

Folding and turning the dough

Folding and turning.

Marking the sections into even amounts

Marking the sections into equal sizes for cutting and shaping.

The first half of the dough is cut, shaped and ready for the baking pan.

The first half of the dough is cut, shaped and ready for the baking pan.

A Ta Da moment for Hayden. He wanted a commemorative photo of the event.

Laying them on the pan.

Laying the bread stick dough onto the pan.

The second half of the dough has been measured, cut and shaped and is on the pan.

The second half of the dough has been measured, cut and shaped and is on the baking pan. Hayden is brushing melted butter on the top of each bread stick.

Adding a sprinkle of salt.

Adding a sprinkle of salt.

Into the oven they go.

Into the hot oven they go.

Our young baker had no confidence in pot holders keeping him safe.

Our young baker had no confidence in pot holders keeping him safe. At this point he set it on the door of the oven and told me to put them in.

Done!

Done!

Next time we will not do gluten-free. He will be experienced and not intimidated by getting them smooth. I was so proud of his enthusiasm and his “I CAN DO IT” attitude, I simply let him roll.

They are awesome!

Thanks, Hayden for your help.

Hugs,

Grams (Shez to the rest of you)

PS When he arrived the next day the first thing he wanted to know was had I posted the photoz to prove to everyone he had actually “made the bread sticks all by myself.” So here you go Hayden, proof you actually made them all by himself. You Rock, Buddy.

(No I do not call him Buddy, I call him Sweetheart, but at 12 and in middle school, it’s not cool to call him that in public.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 Comments

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11 responses to “The Baker

  1. Ah Shez, how special and amazing. He has earned the right to be very proud of himself. Well done Hayden! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. That looks delicious… hhhmmmmm!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ **

  3. Shez,
    I absolutely adored this post. The pictures of your grandson evoke such warmth and your grandson will remember this particular Thanksgiving for years to come. I always say kids make the holidays special and I’m sure it was a special moment for you as well : )

    • Thank you so much. Yes, indeed it was special. My grandson is special, he is an Asperger child and the most amazing person I have ever had the privilege of working with. And mind you I think every child is amazing. Being an Aspy, Hayden remembers everything by day and date even the weather going back several years. He has a ready smile and a killer sense of humor. He’s great fun.

  4. Fantastic. And what a wonderful way to get him interesting in cooking by documenting his brilliant work and putting it on the blog. Kids love their work to be displayed. What a team you two make! c

    • Thank you so much Cecilia. We usually do have a great time together …he is an Asperger person and they can take special care and feeding ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s all worth it, he’s the most amazing kid I’ve even had the please of spending lots of time with.

      • Ah, he must have exceptional focus then, they are amazing those kids, it is a very special and awesome way to be.. My little brother, who is lost now, was like that.. He was our family memory bank… lovely c

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