Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I play, you play, we all play with dough!

The kids and I had fun making red hot cinnamon playdough on Saturday thanks to Kathi of A Heart Like Water giving me the idea and recipe.  Twinkle Toes decided afterwards that she'd try her hand at making playdough and made some purple all by herself.  Now I can honestly say it's so easy my 9 yr old can make it!

The girls and I have talked and talked about making bagels, but I've been afraid that it sounded too complicated for me.  Today we took the plunge, with the help of my bread machine, and it was almost as easy as making playdough.  I'm going to make a second batch tonight.  Yes, the first batch is pretty much gone.

Twinkle Toes, the chef.

The chef with her sous-chef.  By the way, check out the adorable aprons my grandmother made for the girls. 
She also made matching aprons for their American Girl dolls.

What's left of our bagels after Monk, Twinkle Toes, and Measle headed out the door with hands and mouths full of bagel.  Twinkle Toes insisted on adding cinnamon sugar topping to half of them.

She likes.

Prince and Queen were inspired by my bagel making to roll out some of their own using their red hot cinnamon playdough.

Calvin didn't eat a bagel, but he has been enjoying Daddy's homegrown butternut squash, and Mommy's homemade applesauce.  He's almost 4 months old and weighs 18 lbs and is 18.25 in long!  I bet he'll be eating bagels before long!

Here's the bagel recipe I used from The Bread Machine Cookbook by Donna Rathmell German.

1 c water
1.5 tbs honey
1 tsp salt
1 c whole wheat flour
2 c bread flour
1.5 tsp yeast

Let the bread machine knead the dough on the dough cycle, but only let rise 20 min in the machine.  Divide dough into 12 pieces and roll each into a rope, pressing ends together to make a circle.  Let rise on greased cookie sheet 15-20 min only.  Boil in 2 in of water in a non-aluminum pan 30 sec on each side then place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 550 for 8 min.  (My oven only goes to 500 and they were plenty cooked.)


  1. I am going to try these bagels! Thanks so much for the recipe! We love bagels. I will try them this weekend after I buy groceries. We are out of whole wheat flour.

    I am guessing that the link you posted takes you to the cinnamon play doh recipe. I will check that out now. Fun!

    I made homemade pizza dough for the first time tonight! Yummo. i am counting calories, so I only ate one piece, but I would have liked two!


  2. DARN! If only I had not JUST given up all breads :(
    those look delicious enough to leap through the computer and grab right off your counter.

    But, with gaining 45 pounds in 12 months, I think it's time I go the extra mile. so long breads :(

    On another note your girls looked adorable in their little aprons! All your kids are adorable and I am glad you all had a good time :) (I am really liking my sad and happy faces tonight, sheesh)

  3. Oh my Calvin wieghs the same as my 10 month old lol! (He was a preemie tho ;) ) I def want to try these bagels!!

  4. Glad you guys had fun with it, and thanks for linking :)

    ...we're just trying making our own basic white bread this week (we've made it twice, ahem, my girls have made it twice!)...we'll have to try the bagels!




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