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Homestead Blessings: The Art of Bread Making

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Homestead Blessings: The Art of Bread Making

Part of the Homestead Blessings Series, The Art of Bread Making invites you into the cozy country kitchen of Vicki West and her daughters (Jasmine, Hannah, and CeCe) to learn all about making bread by watching them knead up some delicious treats like whole wheat bread, cinnamon rolls, southern cornbread, and pizza sticks.

The ladies use their charming and sweet manner to explain the basics of bread making, in a slow deliberate way that you could follow along from your own kitchen. Their explanations are simple enough for an early elementary student, but are given in an appealing manner that makes it easy for an adult to follow along. The easy recipes are not intimidating, and they gently lead you and let you hope that you can bake delicious bread, too.

The Art of Bread Making is professionally taped by Franklin Springs Family Media Presentations; and although the DVD is completely modern and professionally edited with great music and extras, you should not expect a Cooking Channel/Food Network spin-off. Instead of Rachael Ray’s modern kitchen and studio manners, you’re getting something more like Caroline Ingalls cooking with Laura and her sisters. The West Ladies are fixin’ to knead as they’re gonna make some delicious homemade breads in their country kitchen. As charming mama Vicki likes to say, everything is wonderful and such a blessin’! I just know I’d be welcome in her kitchen, and they’d hand me one of those handmade aprons!

This bread making DVD can be purchased individually, but is included in several DVD sets: an eleven-DVD Homestead Blessings Pack for $108.90, a six-DVD Gift Collection for $59.95, or a three-DVD In The Kitchen Collection for $41.97.

This DVD could easily be used as a seven-week Home Economics Bread Making credit, with each of the recipes becoming a weekly morning lesson in the kitchen. You could repeat that same recipe several times, using variations and increasing skill.

My nine-year-old watched the DVD and said the cinnamon rolls looked so good he wanted to lick the TV! I found myself wanting to go mix up some sourdough starter, and maybe even do the meal in a loaf. This made an attractive bread basket-type effect, with bread braided across the top and an egg and vegetable mixture peeking through the braided dough. This was a fun DVD. I loved meeting the West Ladies, and look forward to watching more of the Homestead Blessings DVDs.

About Shari Popejoy

Shari Popejoy, wife of nearly thirty years, mother of three, founder of a local co-op for hundreds of homeschooled children, author of seven books, and creator of Won Without Words (a blog of encouragement for wives) lives in the quiet country of the Ozarks where she enjoys writing surrounded by nature (and her children, of course). She is currently completing Volume V of the Livingstone Library, an adventure series for ‘smart’ kids, which features characters with character and underlying allegorical spiritual truths. She enjoys high places and the road less traveled; and moments when all is well, and peace permeates like a fragrance. . .oh, and chocolate, mocha, fresh fruit and veggies, and early morning sunrises. Read her blog at blog

Last Updated: December 17, 2012

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DVD, 45 minutes
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for young children (with supervision) through adult
simple enough for young students and beginners to follow along
dialogue is a bit stilted and reserved at times
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