Equipment: Instant read thermometer
1. Have an older child measure the dried yeast and place it in a small bowl;
then run very warm water from the sink and check the temperature with an
instant read thermometer. When the temperature reaches the right point
between 105 - 115 degrees, fill a liquid measuring cup to 1/4 cup and add it
to the yeast, stirring to combine. Set aside for three minutes.
2. Meanwhile have younger children help grease a loaf pan lightly with oil.
Now kids can measure the flour and salt and place them in a large mixing
bowl. Children of all ages can help to make a well in the center of the
flour. Now add the cool water, molasses, oil and yeast mixture to the well.
Mix well with clean hands and it will form a fairly stiff and not very sticky
3. Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Let the kids all take
turns kneading, touching and examining the dough. Let them describe how it
changed. Then have them compare again after it is kneaded. Knead for at least
5 minutes. Then let the dough rest for 20 minutes.
4. Now have the kids pat the dough into a rectangle. Sprinkle the pitted
olives evenly over the dough. Fold the top down and the bottom up, then turn
the dough 1/4 turn and fold the top down and the bottom up again like an
envelope. Knead the dough again, 5-7 minutes more -- until it is smooth and
elastic you've thoroughly incorporated the olives. Now roll the dough into a
cylinder and seal the seam with the heel of your hand to keep it from
unrolling. Place the seam side down into the oiled pan. Let loaf rise for 5-6
more hours at room temperature until doubled in volume and about 1 ‡ inches
above the edge of the pan. You will know the dough has risen enough when an
indentation is made when you poke your finger into the dough and it does not
5. When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place loaf on
the center rack, mist with water 6-8 times then shut the door. After 15
minutes, reduce oven to 375 degrees F. Bake for approximately 30 more
minutes. Remove from pan immediately to cool.