Your daily (Doodle) bread

 Little Missy with her Doodle Bread This baking event was a long time in the planning. Little Missy and I had been sent a Doodle Bread kit to try out before Christmas and, after watching the super-speedy how to video online, we were dying to try it out. The cold weather, however, combined with a non-centrally heated cottage meant ridiculously slow bread rising times. This is why we normally use the bread machine. But, with the recent arrival of warmer days, we decided to get stuck in.

The person behind Doodle Bread is Northern Irish entrepreneur Rose Kane. She’s come up with a simple but very effective kit that enables kids – and their parents – to make loaves of bread that, like a stick of rock, have a colourful design running through them.

Little Missy was stuck in there from the start, opening the box with great glee, pulling out all the bits and enjoying the chance to drag baking bowls out of the cupboard without being told off. I can imagine that an older child would be able to make the bread themselves from start to finish. A 21-month-old might not be Rose’s ideal target market but Little Missy did very much enjoy getting her hands messy in the kitchen. From taking parts of the kit all over the place (there’s a small squisher in there, easily misplaced in a toy basket) to standing on her stool at the counter in front of me to help mix and knead the dough and chanting “dough, dough, dough” for the rest of the day (always good to get a new word), she had a ball. She even developed a new, although ineffective, kneading technique which involves one finger and which she calls the “poke”. You can see her attempted work in the picture below.

Little Missy kneading Doodle Bread Unfortunately, with all the help, her mother wasn’t quite as on top of things as she should have been and the first loaf was destroyed by me not realising that I had to take the plastic doodle out of the silicone tin before baking. Yes, I couldn’t believe I did it either. It was a melted plastic disaster. And so was the star (or ‘tar’ in LM world), our favourite shape. At least we have hens that ardently enjoy kitchen mess-ups like this.

Thankfully Rose had also included a couple of other shapes in the pack so, nothing daunted, we grabbed the heart, another pack of the bread mix and had our loaf ready to go before LM realised that she was in déjà vu mode. The eventual result? One sweet smelling (much nicer without the odour of melting plastic), fine looking loaf that didn’t sit around the house for long.

Would I recommend it? Yes. It’s brilliantly original, undeniably cute, will definitely get kids into the kitchen and – a big thing for me – instead of artificial additives, uses powdered spinach and beetroot to colour the dough. The Doodle Bread site even has recipes for making your own dough so, when you run out of mixes, there’s no excuse for leaving it sit in the cupboard. Basic kits start at just £15.

LM is a convert. Every loaf of bread that appears on the worktop is “dough, dough, dough” now. I think I’m going to have to try the Chocolate Vanilla next or maybe, if my rosemary bush revives, it just might have to be a loaf of Parmesan and Rosemary.

Caroline

Caroline

Food writer. Broadcaster. Blogger. Author. Married to Eight Degrees Brewing. Member of the Irish Food Writers' Guild, founder of Irish Food Bloggers Association and co-author of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer & Cider (New Island)

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10 Responses

  1. v says:

    can i borrow or do you have to have a bread maker

  2. Katrina says:

    That is the coolest thing ever! What a great idea. LM will have so much fun making (and eating) loaves by herself in no time. Very cute!

  3. Gillian says:

    Sounds excellent! Must get some for rainy day indoors.

  4. Caroline says:

    @V Sometimes, Little Sister, you need to read properly before you make a comment! Nope, you don’t need the breadmaker and I certainly will put yourself and Little Missy at work with the kit. You’re stuck with a heart or a circle, though. No ‘tar any more 🙁

    @Katrina I bet Lucas would love the chance to get his hands on bread dough as well. I had lots of fun to get the picture of LM with the “dough, dough, dough” – she kept wanting to cuddle it. I think she was quite proud of the loaf!

    @Gillian a perfect rainy day activity and, as dough doesn’t taste too good, there’s less chance of your own HoneyB eating it before it gets into the tin. Little Missy is a devil with doing that if I’m using pastry but the bread dough seemed to get less attention that way.

  5. LOL, glad I am not the only ejit who did not take the (toxic when melted) plastic shaper out of it. Worse I ignored the advice of my daughter.They are a great idea.keith

  6. Caroline says:

    Not just me then! Sounds like your daughter had a better grasp of the instructions than you did. And we had even watched the video as well although, I have to say, that was before Christmas…

  7. Catherine says:

    This looks fantastic, will defo investigate, my 3.5 year old and 22 month old are really into helping in the kitchen.Just to mention also, not sure how you’re fixed for space in the cottage but we invested in a fantastic item called a Funpod when my DD was small (and now we have two of them). She had a bad fall off a kitchen chair when she was up at the counter one day and someone recommended this and we haven’t looked back. They are around 100 euro which is actually less than the cost of a trip to A&E so a good investment I reckon! I got mine through an Irish site,bellababy.ie but I think they might have them on amazon now as well.http://www.littlehelper.co.uk/

  8. Caroline says:

    That looks really interesting, Catherine. Unfortunately my kitchen is too small to even fit a regular kitchen chair but I have a small stool that Little Missy stands on to just get her head over the counter. I’m not sure the access she’d get from anything higher would be a good idea just yet!

  9. peachsnap says:

    Like the idea of the bread it will make children intrested in food and baking.

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