The bread, as I recall, did not turn out as well. It initially did not rise. My friend, Nicole, had her mom (an experienced bread baker) on the phone advising us. It turned out that the water I added to the yeast had been too hot. We made another yeast mixture, added it to the dough, and amazingly it did rise this time. Unfortunately, due to the delay, the bread did not finish baking until about 9:30 pm--well after dinner and well after the girls' bedtime. However, my husband enjoyed the late night, fresh out of the oven bread.
This year, I am making the soup again and I am even attempting bread from scratch again. Clare has been wanting to make bread and I have been promising her for weeks that we would do it. I decided today was the day. The girls measured out the flour and salt. I nervously added the warm water with honey to the yeast, hoping the temperature was right. We let our stand mixer do all the work of kneading (yes, I know that is cheating, but if you have a stand mixer, why not use it). And now we wait to see if this dough will rise.