Little Brown Bread

by | Oct 6, 2011 | 43 comments

Bread Wisdom No 1
A few Wednesdays ago, Gummi Bear announced that he was going to bake bread. He didn't seem to care whether I was on board or not. He then proceeded to the kitchen and fished for a bowl. Next, he grabbed a wooden spoon and a stool in quick succession. After hoisting himself on the stool, so his tiny three-year-old self could see what was on the counter, he took a pause.
Very carefully he reached out for the egg carton and dragged it towards himself. My heart puffed with pride. "He knows what he is doing!!" I thought, forgiving him the mistake of grabbing some eggs for bread baking. I know he was recalling our cake making sessions and eggs seemed to symbolise baking in his head. Then he paused again and scratched his chin, "Let me Fink!" he mumbled. He rushed off and returned with a packet of instant noodles and an apple and dumped them unceremoniously in the bowl. "Oh Boy!"
Bread Wisdom No 2
So began a gentle lecture and a chalk diagram on our massive chalkboard wall of all the ingredients needed for basic bread making. "We must use Feast!" he parroted after me. "Feast is alive!" and "Feast makes the bread fluffy and full of holes!". Having been instantly smitten by a recipe for a simple loaf of bread on Heidi Swanson's 101 Cookbooks, I had filed it away for an occasion very much like the one on hand. With no kneading required, it was the perfect bread recipe for a bright eyed budding baker who didn't have the patience for kneading, resting, proving and all that hoopla.
Bread Wisdom No 3
With brow furrowed in concentration, Gummi bear followed my instructions to a T. He tipped and mixed gently. He "painted" the bread tin with melted butter staying within the lines at all times. Once the dough was in, he asked me how it would become bread. "With the yeast, remember?" I reminded him. "Oh yes! The Feast!" he squeaked with joy. "But how Mum?" he didn't give up. "You have to be nice to the bread and show it love, then it rises perfectly" I told him simply. So he carefully sat down on a stool, put the bread tin on his lap  and started singing to it. 
Bread Wisdom No 4
Rise little bready
Feast Feast
Rain Rain go away
Bready is feeping (sleeping)
rain rain go away
come again another day
(mumbling) (more mumbling)
(high pitched humming)
Bread Making with a 3 year old
His mind wanders all over the place but he can be very entertaining! Once we put the bread in the oven, he fell asleep on the couch waiting for it to rise. When he awoke an hour later, he was super excited to see it had become bread with holes. He had one bite of the butter slathered slice and announced he would eat it later. Which he did. Thank God!
It was the most fun I had had baking in the kitchen in recent times. It was one of the quickest, no fuss and simplest bread I have ever baked. It was delicious even when I forgot the salt in the recipe (can't blame me! It is hard to concentrate when your second born is being so darned cute and asking a zillion questions!). That was easily solved by generous slatherings of churned butter by Pepe Saya. We tore bits off and relished the sweetness of honey in the bread. We toasted some slices and watched the golden butter melting in a golden pool of deliciousness. Oh, we had fun with this little brown bread!
Little Brown Bread


Little Brown Bread

Toasted bread with butter

Little Brown Bread




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Author: Sneh
Course // Baking, Bread
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 1 loaf


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup wholemeal flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 packet dry instant yeast, 7g
  • 1 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter, for brushing
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt flakes


  • Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Using a pastry brush, paint the insides of an 8 inch loaf tin with melted butter. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl pour the warm water, sprinkle yeast over it and stir. Add honey and mix well. Set aside for few minutes until it bubbles and swells.
  • In a large bowl combine flours, salt and oats. Add the yeast mixture and mix well. Spoon dough into prepared tin, cover tin with a clean tea towel and leave in a warm spot to rise for 30 minutes.
  • (You may sing to the dough at this point.)
  • Take the tea towel off and put the tin the oven. Bake in pre heated oven for approximately 40 minutes until risen and cooked. Enjoy warm with lashings of salted butter.
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  1. Kulsum at JourneyKitchen

    Sneh I'm in love with this post and your son (forgive me). He sounds like the cutest think ever. What a great post my friend.

  2. Mrs Ergül

    Can't believe I had only just found this cute blog! Your second born is, like you said, so darn cute!!! love the photos!

  3. a spoonful of yumm

    this is the cutest post ever !!! (^o^)love the song 😀 wishing you many more happy baking moments with your son 🙂 i'm sure the bread tastes delicious

  4. Jennifer (Delicieux)

    SO adorable!!! I love that song, children are so cute.

    Sounds like you had great fun baking with your son and I am sure he had an amazing time too. It's fantastic how much children love cooking....until they get bored and want to go do something else halfway though 😀

    By the way, I know how distracting all the questions can be and how it can lead to forgetting ingredients. My stepson, who is 11, is full of questions. We know joke that Question is his middle name 😀

  5. pickyin @ LifeIsGreat

    My favorite post from your blog as of now. When I bake bread, I don't sit it on my lap and watch it, but during the proofing I'd take a peak... like... every 15 minutes. My other half gets worried sometimes.

  6. Lisa H.

    Your post crack me up n he is an Entertainer... super gorgeous boy. I can imagine hin lullabying the bread ... LOL
    Well done Gummy Bear

  7. Anamika

    This is such an adorable post and ur son it damn 3year old too loves to give lots of helping hands (more that I need) in the kitchen, but actually singing to bread & "feast" is a heartache 🙂

  8. Fahad Khan (@PharaohKhan)

    Even though all your posts I have been through were fantastic,this one truly takes the cake!Ummm..Bread I mean!Very cute post,the bread looks delicious and thanks to you,I learnt about cultured butter!
    Cannot wait to give this a try..

  9. chinmayie @ love food eat

    I LOVE this post and photos!! Such handsome boy!!

  10. Magda's Cauldron

    Oh, so cute story. One girl one day will be lucky to have him 🙂

  11. Valeria

    Oh that's so sweet! I should try your technique with my (grown-up) gummy bear! :))) Maybe he'll start liking it and I'll have fresh bread w/o effort forever! 🙂 no singing for him, though!

  12. Pia

    It's the sweetest post I've read in a long time. Little brown eyed boy with his little brown bread. I'm still smiling 🙂

  13. Sanjeeta kk

    The bread..the post and the little price..all are just awesome!

  14. Nellie

    Utterly beautiful - both the bread & these precious moments with your son. I loved this post. He melts a heart with those eyes! Well done.

  15. Anita Menon

    Sweetest post ever! This could easily go down as your best baking memory.

    Your son is so handsome. God bless.

  16. Vivian - vxdollface

    Such a sweet post 😀 hehe singing to the dough ^^

  17. penny aka jeroxie

    Beautifully captured! I shall try singing to my bread dough next time

  18. Baker Street

    Adorable! I absolutely love this post! 🙂

  19. Nelly Rodriguez

    Gorgeous, candid pictures and I am in LOVE with that wooden knife!

  20. Anushruti | Divinetaste

    This looks gorgeous and hearty! Love the pictures of your little one!

  21. Gagan

    This has to be the most adorable post I've read in a looooong time! I really like the tip on singing to the bread. If it works for plants, it must work for yeast too right? They are primordial plants, kinda-sorta....

    Loved this post!

  22. kitchenMage

    Oh my, that is one adorable baker. Singing to the make the yeast happy is the cutest thing I have read in a long time.

  23. Becky @ Skinnyfat Girls

    Wow. Beautiful recipe, beautiful photos, beautiful BOY! He is just darling. And now I'm longing for some simple bread with melty butter. Making this tonight, thanks!

  24. Nicola @41feasts

    Thank you for sharing this joy with us. My husband and I, as the parents of a two year old who loves making bread, have smiled so much at this! For Jessica, it is about smelling the 'feast' - sometimes her drippy nose gets a little too close, not so cute! The simplicity of bread makes it great for kids.

    I like his recommendation of a little nap during the waiting too!

  25. Soma

    i heart this post and i know i will come back to read this a zillion times.

  26. Nash at Plateful

    Oh Sneha, your baby's a cutie pie and so so adorable--god bless! Your account of his baking antics brought a smile to my face 🙂 I have two boys myself and I have to tell you that the pre-school years are the best. So enjoy your time with your lil one 'cos these are gonna be just memories soon, ah. Loved the idea of making a no knead bread and you know what? You've just inspired me to get it into the oven with the kids! Also, loved the special effect on these images, adds a special charm to the story. Lovely post!

  27. kankana

    SO SO SO cute. Every thing ,. every single tiny bit in this post screams CUTE!
    I even liked the way you presented it .. the color, the composition .. LOVED IT!

  28. Insensate

    love the post and the pictures are beautiful

  29. Anna

    Your little boy is so cute! Gee! I am living life using your bread wisdoms...I am thinking of what song to sing to my dough...Thanks for the recipe!

  30. julia @ Simpletruths

    This is officially my favorite bread baking story - ever. Love.

  31. Russell at Chasing Delicious

    This post is adorable. And your photographs are incredible! Not to mention this recipe sounds scrumptious.

  32. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Okay seriously he is too cute!! I love all the photos, he's got a great mischievous smile.

  33. Petra

    I made this bread yesterday for lunch - it was very easy and delicious. Unfortunately I couldn't get my kids to sing for it 🙂

  34. athena

    This post made me smile! Your son is adorable and how cute that he sang to the bread. I'll have to teach my 4yo to do the same 🙂

  35. Martyna@WholesomeCook

    I'm speechless Sneh! What a gorgeous post! Love everything about it, and Gummi Bear!!! He is amazing, he can come and sing to our bread any time!

  36. Tanvi@SinfullySpicy

    Oh my God Sneh...I cant tell you how much I love the first picture of and the one where "you need to sing to the dough"...what a cute cute post...okay I ll scroll up again (for the 5th time) & have a look!
    P.S. - You boy is so so cute..I love him 🙂

  37. Online Canteen Ordering

    Awesome post specially your son , very very cute and innocent, All photographs are incredible but the first one is awesome.

  38. Patricia Scarpin

    This post is so adorable and cute I don't even have works to comment! Absolutely lovely! (and the bread looks delicious). 😉

  39. Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen

    Handsome little boy, singing to a delicious brown bread.... Wow.... Heartwarmth felt right through!

  40. Willow

    This might just be the sweetest blog post I've ever read. Your photography is gorgeous, and so is your boy! I'm bookmarking the recipe, too - thanks for sharing!


  41. mack smith

    Truly he is too cute!! I love all the photos, he’s got a great mischievous smile and the dish”Little Brown Bread” is also looking soo good.


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  42. jenny

    ahhhhh super cute, love it, that's what it's all about isn't it 🙂

    • snehroy

      thanks Jenny 🙂 This has to be one of my most favourite posts to date x


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