A few months ago Auggie found a video about baking rainbow bread on youtube. It's a pretty long cooking demonstration — I never would have guessed he would find it so interesting, but he asked for it a few times. So we finally decided to try it.
The recipe in the video requires kneading and uses all the colours of the rainbow. We didn't have the time or patience to do a long recipe, so we did the 5-minute no-knead bread. After combining the ingredients, we divided the dough into 5 small greased bowls. We left one white and then added a few drops of food colouring to the remaining bowls. We didn't have all the real colours, we just used what we had in the cupboard. We squished in the food colouring with our fingers. When each piece of dough was a uniform colour we put it back in it's bowl. Added a little oil on the top and covered each bowl with plastic wrap. Then we set it aside overnight to rise. The next day, I stacked the dough balls in a loose pile. I didn't brush water between the layers, I just gave it a few pats to shape it into a loaf. Then, I continued on with the recipe in the usual way. It turned out pretty well, but I have to be honest. I liked the way it looked, but I didn't want to eat it too much. Something about brightly coloured bread isn't quite right for me, though it did taste like regular bread. This was more about the making than the eating for us.
Just as an extra aside, from time to time, I let my son choose a few videos on youtube to watch. He surprises me with his choices. I have to be careful he isn't choosing something scary, or with an ad. Some of his favourite things to watch are very plain things: a fire truck parade, a train crossing, a garbage truck going along its route. Many of these videos are without a soundtrack, and with no quick cuts — they are one long shot. They are single camera and sometimes made by an amateur. My favourite of these, by the way are the CN rail videos like this one. They are really relaxing. The interesting thing to me is how different his experience of television (a sort of television anyway) is from mine at his age. The pacing is much slower and the choices are much greater.