But it isn't something just felt by kids. There's no denying that turning a lump of dough into a crusty loaf is a thing of utter bliss and I am driven by the constant surprise and sheer joy when students of all ages see the final results as they come out of the oven.
Historically, we have learnt things by being shown and asking questions as we go and it's a shame that fewer skills are being passed from parents to children these days, which is why I particularly love this youtube video.
I discovered about a year ago that baking in a casserole dish is a fantastic way to get steam into a domestic oven, lengthening the time the dough is given to perform its 'oven spring' and therefore giving it maximum rise.
The video has some funny, eyebrow-raising in parts; "Gabrielle sweetheart, don't play with the razorblades please." and it's a great demonstration of bread being made with absolutely no special equipment (really, none) and with children around. Who knows what they are absorbing as they watch their dad going about his daily breadmaking?