Sweet Pea Chef

A foodie mommy shares tips, tricks and stories from her kitchen as she seeks out more healthful and interesting meals.



Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I have to give you a little new year's compliment. Hubs and I just decided, five minutes ago, that we'd make a little party at home tonight. He suggested I pick up some poppers and treats when I'm out today. That maybe we could do a craft and watch a movie this evening. So I thought of Family Education right away, knowing that you would have a new year's post and that there would be printables, etc on the site. Low and behold, I was not disappointed! As much as I love to bake, I've never worked with yeast and am strangely intimidated. But you've inspired me and I'm going to give it a go! Maybe...

Happy New Year Aliki, this was a very beautiful post to celebrate.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks so much, Omaha! There are tons of great printables, craft ideas, and recipes on this site--I'm glad it was a good resource!

If you're worried about yeast, then this Greek New Year's bread is a great way to try your hand at it. Because it takes FOUR packets of yeast, it is almost guaranteed to rise! I actually used Rapid Rise yeast this year and my dough rose so much on the first and second rises that it spilled over the pans!

L. put the coins in this year, and we kneaded the dough around until they were completely hidden from sight. The recipe makes two big breads, so you can put coins in each one. When we cut it we name each piece after a member of the family, and we also make one piece for the "house"--meaning out family as a whole. The best is when the "house" gets the coin, because then everyone is lucky!

Happy New Year to you and your family!

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I halved the recipe and made it in a loaf pan (complete with foil wrapped coin) and it is beautiful! Also, delicious. I am very pleased and ridiculously proud. My first try at yeast was a success! Thanks for sharing this tradition, which is sure to become one for us!
Happy New Year.