Snacks & Treats

Cinnamon Bread Knots

Sep 19, 2014

One of our favourite activities in my house is baking bread. It is a great way to spend the morning! Quite often we tend to think that baking with small children is too messy, too complicated, and just too much of a hassle, but I couldn't disagree more. Baking with small children is a treat! In one single activity, children will practice pre-math skills, small motor control, sequencing, cooperation and taking turns, cause and effect, filling and dumping, eye-hand coordination, creativity, and sensory exploration.

But best of all? Well, that's easy. Everyone gets a yummy and delicious snack at the end of it all. I say that's a win!

When we make bread, we use my mama's bread recipe. Today we took her bread recipe and made it into some mouth-watering cinnamon-oat bread knots. I prepared the dough, and the children did every other step on their own.

In a large bowl or mixer, combine:

  • 1 Tbsp quick rising yeast
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cooking oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups warm water

Mix until combined with your dough hook or a wooden spoon if you're doing it by hand. Add

  • 1 cup of quick oats and
  • up to 2 more cups of all purpose flour

until your bread dough forms a sticky ball but does NOT stick to your bowl.
Knead for 6 to 9 minutes by hand or with the dough hook on your mixer.
Leave the dough in the bowl and cover with a tea towel. Let it rise until it doubles in size.

  • softened butter 

for spreading on the dough, and

  • cinnamon
  • and sugar

for sprinkling.

To Make the Bread Knots 

Let the children punch down the dough once it has risen. You'll find they enjoy this step best of all!

Give each child a softball-sized piece of dough. With the left over dough, I usually make one or two loaves of bread, depending on how many children are baking with me at the time.

Roll the dough out flat, in an oval or rectangular shape. The dough should be approximately 1/4 inch thick.

Give each child their own spreading knife to spread butter on their dough. The softer your butter is, the easier it will be for small children to spread. I use toddler-safe knives for this step.

Once the butter is covering the dough, the children can sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over their butter. I use a plastic container with holes at the top for this step, and each child takes a turn using it.

Now the dough can be rolled lengthwise and rolled out like a rope, similar to making a snake with play dough.

Now you can tie the knot! Your dough snake should be about 8 inches or more in length.

Now spread a bit more butter on the top and sprinkle again with cinnamon and sugar. Place the knots on a greased baking sheet or a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.

Bake at 350ºF for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. The knots should sound hollow when you tap on them, then you know they're done! And now for the best part!

Article Author Arlee Greenwood
Arlee Greenwood

Arlee is an Early Childhood Educator, earning her degree at BYU Idaho. She runs a government accredited care center in her home in Red Deer, AB. She studied with the New York Institute of Photography and she owns her own photography studio. Arlee is a mother of 6, an aspiring yogi, a lover of books, bento box lunches, travel, good food and wine. She’s a blogger in her “spare time” and she will never say no to chocolate. Find her at Small Potatoes, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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