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    by The Teachers.Net Community

    Hot Dog Stir-Fry

    Each year a third grade teacher, Kathy Bold and I do a Chinese New Year Unit together. As part of our culminating activity we have a Chinese New Year's Day Parade. After the parade, we teach the students how to use chopsticks and serve this stir-fry to our students. It's always a hit!

    Use an electric skillet or wok.

    Heat a small amount of oil. Add about a handful of previously cooked and crumbled bacon, 2 to 3 hot dogs sliced in penny-shaped fashion, about 1 to 2 tablespoons of finely chopped onion, and a handful of canned bean sprouts. Stir and heat for a minute. Add 2 to 3 cups of already cooked rice. Stir and turn over until everything is well-heated and well-mixed.

    Let the children see and smell everything as it is added to the skillet.

    Lisa Dryzal
    First Grade Teacher
    East Side Elementary
    Johnstown, PA

    Recipes for Bread in a Bag
    Compiled by Sandy/K/MO from the mailrings

    Making bread goes well with The Little Red Hen. We read the story, talked about feelings, friendship and helpfulness. After we read it several times we made puppets for retelling. On the Friday of their puppet show they changed the story just a bit because they felt that everyone should help and we made bread in a bag. I used Jan Brett's masks but had the children wear them as necklaces while they each had a part in making the bread.

    Bread in a Bag:

    • 2 C. flour
    • 1 package Fleischman's Rapid Rise yeast
    • 3 T. sugar
    • 3 T. nonfat dry milk
    • 1 t. salt
    • 1 C. hot water
    • 3 T. oil
    • 1 C. whole wheat flour

    In a 1-gallon, heavy-duty freezer bag combine:

    • 1 C. flour
    • undissolved yeast
    • dry milk
    • salt

    Force air from bag and shake to blend ingredients.

    Add hot water and oil and reseal bag.

    Mix by working with fingers.

    Add whole-wheat flour, reseal and mix.

    Gradually add enough remaining flour to make stiff dough that pulls away from the bag.

    On a floured surface knead dough 2-4 times until smooth and elastic.

    Cover dough with towel, rest 10 minutes.

    Roll dough to 12x7-inch rectangle.

    Roll up from narrow end.

    Pinch edges and ends to seal.

    Place in oiled loaf pan.

    Place a 9x13 pan on counter and fill it with boiling water.

    Place cookie sheet on top of the 9x13 pan and place loaf pan on the cookie sheet.

    Cover with towel. Let dough rise 20 minutes or until double in size.

    Bake at 375 for 25 minutes or until done.

    The following looks complicated but really isn't. I saw this done with a school full of 3rd graders and several parent helpers in the school cafeteria.

    Mini-Bag #1 (Marked with bright-colored tie):

    • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons yeast
      (For Step #1)

    Mini-Bag #2:

    • 1-1/4 cup whole wheat flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
      (for Step #5)

    Mini-Bag #3:

    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • By using small plastic cups, you can also pre-measure liquid ingredients by placing 2 teaspoons honey in one small cup (Step #1)
    • and 2 teaspoons honey plus 2 teaspoons oil in another cup (Step #5).

    By using a 6-ounce plastic glass, you can mark with a magic marker both 1/2 cup and 1/3 cup measures for the warm water. This eliminates the need for expensive measuring cups.

    REMINDER: Keep mixture in bottom of bag. When it starts creeping up the sides, slide it back down.

    1. In heavy-duty, 2-gallon plastic bag with sides rolled down to form bowl, add: mini-Bag #1 plus 1/3 cup warm water and 2 tspns honey
    2. Unroll bag, hold tightly at base and mix on outside of bag with fingertips (not nails).
    3. With bag sides together, roll down as in log roll and let mixture rest (about 10 minutes). Note: Bubbles forming inside bag are a sign that the yeast is growing.
    4. Roll sides into mixing bowl position.
    5. Add: Mini-Bag #2 plus 2 teaspoons oil, 2 teaspoons honey 1/2 cup warm water.
    6. Unroll; squeeze out air, hold tightly toward bottom and mix gently on outside. Keep mixing until all ingredients are distributed evenly.
    7. Form bag into mixing bowl.
    8. Add: Approx. 1/2 cup all purpose flour (or half of Mini-Bag #3)
    9. Unroll; mix thoroughly until all flour is dispersed.
    10. On lightly-floured surface, roll dough out of bag by rolling sides down, then turning bag inside out.
    11. by using a dough scraper, gently work in enough flour to make dough soft but not sticky. Note: Too much flour will make dough stiff, thus tough bread.
    12. Divide the dough in two equal parts if working with a partner.
    13. Knead dough for approx. 10 min.
      To knead, use heel of hand and fingertips by folding dough voer, pressing with heel, turn, repeat.
    14. Let dough rest by covering 10 minutes.
    15. Without stretching dough, flatten dough with palms to form rectangle, On one of the short sides, hold dough over, making point. Press into dough. Starting with point, roll dough tightly to end. Pinch loose ends together to keep dough from unravelling.
    16. Turn ends under to match length of greased pan. Make sure top is smooth. Place in pan. (mini-loaf pans) Do not press down.
    17. Let double in bulk in warm place.
    18. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.

    You can use these same ingredients and amounts for making terrific bread by using the traditional bread mixing procedures.

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    • AUGUST 2003
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      Pizzas on English Muffins
      Ants on a Log
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    • JUNE 2003
      Uncooked Chocolate Cookies
    • MAY 2003
      Caterpillar Cake
      Mrs. Ferguson's Snickerdoodles
      Dirt pudding
    • MARCH 2003
      Banana Fritters
      Arachnid (Spider) Cookies
    • FEBRUARY 2003
      Hot Dog Stir-Fry
      Recipes for Bread in a Bag
    • JANUARY 2003
      Tutti Frutti Playdough
      Snowman Soup
      Edible Glacier
      Ice Cube Painting
    • DECEMBER 2002
      Two Cinnamon Applesauce Dough Ornaments
      Gingerbread Playdough
      Rudolph Sandwiches
    • NOVEMBER 2002
      Pumpkin Pancakes
      Pumpkin Pie an a Cup
      Cranberry Salad
      "Mystery" Food
    • OCTOBER 2002
      Bat Wing Stew
      Magic Chalk
      Making Butter
    • SEPTEMBER 2002
      Sidewalk Chalk
      Magical Milk Colors
      Bubble Soap
      Heathly Seed Balls
      Easy Ice Cream Recipes
    • AUGUST 2002
      Piglets in a Blanket
      Coconut Bread From Barbados
      Beach in a Bag Snack
    • JULY 2002
      Ice Cream in a Bag
      No-Cook Play Dough Recipes
      Insect Theme Recipes
      Edible Insects
    • JUNE 2002
      Butterfly Sandwich
    • MAY 2002
      Swimmy Snack
      Edible Bird Nests
      Mother's Tea
    • APRIL 2002
      April Showers Bring...Skittles Rainbows!
      Dental Health Activity and Recipe
    • MARCH 2002
      Green Mashed Potatoes
      Magic Green Powder
    • FEBRUARY 2002
      Graham Cracker Flag
      Pretzel Stick Snow People
      Groundhog's Day Cupcakes
      Cherry Turnovers For President's Day
      Valentine Kisses
    • JANUARY 2002
      Tortilla Snowflakes
      Finger Paint
      Sticky Toffee
    • DECEMBER 2001
      Creative Play Clay
      Sand & Cornstarch Modeling Dough

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