Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sun Bread

I love Elisa Kleven.  For us, it started with The Paper Princess series and because we enjoyed those books so much, we borrowed everything we could find by her from the library.  We have enjoyed every single book!

Sun Bread begins on a cold and dreary day.  Everyone misses the sun, and the baker decides to bake a sun bread.  As the bread bakes, everyone (including the sun) comes out to share in its goodness.  C and R both loved reading this book.  The illustrations are colorful and they enjoyed finding some of the characters from other Elisa Kleven books.  At the end of the book, there is a recipe for sun bread.  This is the first time I have ever made bread from scratch without using a bread machine.  Click here for the sun bread recipe posted on Elisa Kleven's website.  The recipe is easy, and C and R enjoyed making and eating the bread.

C and R mixed all of the ingredients.  We had to knead the dough for eight minutes and C did it the entire time!  He really enjoyed kneading.

The dough had to rise for an hour.  Then we shaped it to look like a sun.  C and R enjoyed using their fingers to make the eyes and mouth, and they really liked forming the sun's corona.  To do this we made long snakes of dough, curled them into snail shapes and attached them to the sun.

Once the sun was formed, we let it rise for another hour and then baked it in the oven for twenty minutes.

There is nothing tastier than warm bread right out of the oven, especially when it is smothered in homemade butter also made by C and R.

The book is fantastic and so is the bread recipe.  I recommend both!

This was originally posted on my other blog, Superheroes and Princesses.  I am slowly moving some of my posts over here to share with everyone.


  1. This is great Christy! I'll have to put this on our list of things to try.
    Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

  2. I've been thinking about sun bread lately - it's that time of year again!

  3. That explains why the book and idea sounded familiar. It's still a good idea, so I should give it a try sometime.

    Will you move your state study posts over too? I'd love to be able to link to you for when those gave me inspiration.

  4. I love your sun bread! It turned out just fine!

  5. I have been meaning to do this with the kids! Your always have the best ideas!

  6. Wow! That is fabulous! My kids are gonna love it!! So excited to see all the Elisa Kleven books available at our library too! Always love finding new authors to read! Thanks for another wonderful suggestion!!

  7. Such a sweet idea! Added myself as a follower.

    we are doing a homeschool space unit and have some fun things planned for the sun. This would be a fun addition!

  8. Love this! will pin it. :)


  9. We read this book too, and it's the only time so far I attempted to make bread. It turned out pretty good!

  10. I must remember next time we make bread to be more creative.

  11. We just finished this! LOVED it! It was so fun. Never would have known about it if you hadn't posted it. I've been using your blogs for preschool stuff with the little boys and it's a blessing right now, Christy. Thank you so much for all of the ideas you've taken the time to share the last few years. I've been at my wits end for months now. The end of last week I started re-reading your blog (fam blog) and found so many fun things I can do this year. Jack isn't anywhere near ready for 'real' school stuff and of course Jesse isn't either. Your book projects are perfect! They are a light at the end of my tunnel right now.