Bread in a Bag

Bread in A Bag Collage 2

This summer I am going to have a fun little series for you – Kids Can Cook.  Summer is a great time to spend some time in the kitchen with your kids.  Hopefully your schedules are a little slower and you can take advantage of that by spending some fun time in the kitchen.

A few summers ago I held a Kids Cooking Camp at my home and it was so much fun.  Kids love to cook if we just give them a chance!

So throughout the summer I will share with you some fun recipes and tips for cooking with your kids because Kids Can Cook!

Our first recipe is for Bread in a Bag.  This is a fun activity/recipe we did at my cooking camp a few years ago.  The kids LOVED it!

I enlisted three of the cutest little girls who just happen to be sisters from church to come and play with me in the kitchen.

Tip One:  Make sure the recipe is readable and accessible.  I covered my table with parchment paper and then wrote the ingredients on the paper so the girls could easily see it.  Also,  have all the ingredients out and easy to reach.

Bread in a BagMaking bread was a great way to teach the girls the right way to measure flour – I prefer the scoop and level method.

Bread in a Bag

The first step was to put a cup of flour into their bag.

Bread in a Bag They then added the sugar, yeast and water.  We learned a little about yeast and what it does and how it is important for your water to be the right temperature.

Bread in a Bag

Then they zipped up their bags and smooshed it all together until the flour was all mixed it.

Bread in a BagWe then let it rest for 10 minutes so their yeast could activate and they went out in the backyard and played for a bit.

Bread in a Bag

We then added some olive oil, salt and more flour into the bag.

Bread in a Bag And then smooshed some more!

Bread in a BagThey then turned their dough out onto the table and kneaded it until smooth with a little bit extra flour.

Bread in a Bag

Tip Two:  Don’t expect perfection.  The important thing is that they have fun.  Their loaves weren’t perfectly shaped but it didn’t matter.  They still tasted the same!

Bread in a BagWe greased mini loaf pans and each girl got two mini loaves out of one recipe.

Bread in a Bag

Bread in a Bag

We then let them rise.  Because we used rapid rise yeast it didn’t take long – about 20-30 minutes.

Bread in a Bag

Tip Three:  Embrace the mess.  Kids will be messy and you will end up with flour all over the table and floor but they are going to have fun and so will you!  Enjoy it.  The mess will clean up quickly but the memories will last a long time!!

Bread in a Bag

The bread then bakes for about 25 minutes or so when making a mini loaf.

Bread in a Bag

Then the next part is the best – ENJOY your bread!  The girls were so excited and proud of themselves – can’t you just see it in their cute little faces!
Bread in a Bag

Bread in a Bag

All that was left to do was EAT!

Bread in a Bag

For another fun Kids Can Cook idea check out Chocolate Snack Cake.

Chocolate Snack Cake

 

For more info on my original Kid’s Cooking Camp go here.

Bread in a Bag

Yield: 2 mini loaves or 1 full size loaf

Ingredients

  • 3 C flour, divided
  • 3 Tbsp white sugar
  • 1 (.25) package rapid rise yeast
  • 1 C warm water
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • In a resealable plastic bag place 1 C flour, sugar and yeast and add in warm water.
  • Squeeze air out of the bag and seal.
  • Squish with your hands until well mixed together.
  • Let it rest for 10 minutes at room temperature. Bubbles will form.
  • Open bag and put in 1 C of flour, oil and salt.
  • Seal bag again and squish until well blended.
  • Add last cup of flour and continue mixing in the same manner until well blended.
  • Remove dough from bag and put onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Knead for 5-10 minutes or until smooth.
  • Divide dough in half and place each half into a greased mini loaf pan. Or make one large loaf
  • Cover with a towel and allow to rise for about 30 minutes.
  • Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until bread is golden brown.

Recipe adapted from allrecipes.

Enjoy!

Leigh Anne

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Comments

  1. 1
    Liz says:

    Nice recipe. Thank you. The girls are so sweet. Love the pictures. Have a Great Weekend!

  2. 2
    Janina says:

    What fun…we have grand kids coming in the next few weeks.I am going to do this with then.Thank you.

  3. 3
    Cindi says:

    What darling girls! And what a fun thing to do with them! I’m going to try this method of “Bread In A Bag” myself. THANKS!

  4. 4
    Shelly says:

    I love this! My two kiddos love to be in the kitchen too! Thanks for this post and we look forward to the next kids in the kitchen! PS I have a problem with measuring cups and spoons and could not help but notice the cute striped ones you used. Super cute, where could I find a set?

  5. 5
    Patti says:

    I can attest that Kids can cook. I had mine in the kitchen before he could walk “helping.” As he got older, his skill level improved. Yes, there were messes, but he loved being in the kitchen learning how to cook. He’s now a grown man with his own family and he’s responsible for most of the meals. Success!

    Great series!
    Patti recently posted..What I’ll Tell Sweet E: You Determine Your Way

  6. 6
    Lachelle says:

    I am so excited to see more of these kind of recipes! I have been wanting to do a kids cooking camp with my kids and a couple other neighbor kids so this is perfect! Thanks!

  7. 7

    This is such a cute idea! Miss you!!!

  8. 8
    Paula says:

    At the risk of sounding completely dumb, are all of the ingredients divided? Bread is kind of the final frontier for me. I love cooking and baking, but I have no confidence when it comes to making bread. I know a 1:1 ratio of flour to water seems off though. I want to make this recipe with my kids, and I really want it to turn out right, so I figured I better ask before I lay a shaky foundation for them as far as bread-making goes. :)
    Thanks for your help!

    • 8.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      Paula, Not sure what you mean by are all the ingredients divided? The recipe is at the end of the post with all the directions. You do add only a cup of water and a cup of flour in for the first step but 2 more cups of flour are added in as you go. Keep reading the post and you’ll see that as you go.

  9. 9
    Christina says:

    Did you use bread flour or regular?

  10. 10
    Jennifer says:

    This rocks my world! We are all about the five-minute artisanal bread at my house, but this would be a fun twist.

  11. 11
    Perla says:

    Hi! Do you know if this will this work with whole wheat flour? I’d like to make this with my son but we’re trying to do healthier baking. Thank you! :)

  12. 12
    Rell says:

    I’ve never made bread from scratch but I’m going to try this with my daughter! What is the right temperature for the water and how do you get that temperature? Tap water? Thermometer? Thanks.

    • 12.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      You want the water to be between 105-110 degrees. I use tap water and just do it by feel but you can use a thermometer if you have one. I just test it on the inside of my wrist.

  13. 13
    Tammy says:

    My five-year old daughter and I made this bread today. Well, actually, according to my daughter she did it “all by myself” ;) . She was so proud of the finished product!!! I’ll be looking for more of your cooking with kids posts!
    Tammy recently posted..~Our Garden~

  14. 14
    margaret S says:

    This looks like lots of fun. My grandson will have fun with this easy recipe. Could you use whole wheat flour and still use 1 yeast or would it be 2 packages of yeast for the 3 c of flour?

  15. 15
    GG says:

    This made my day! What darling little girls and such a great idea. Thank you for sharing.

  16. 16
    Vicky says:

    Could I please have a bread in a bag recipe for wholemeal bread?

  17. 17
    Sabrina says:

    I have active dry yeast instead of rapid will it still work?

  18. 18
    Seema says:

    Hi! That looked so much fun! :) And the little girls did look so proud! I would like to bake this bread, I have a 250gm packet of instant yeast, could you tell me the yeast used in spoons? Thanks so much!

  19. 19
    Tara U says:

    I love this! My son is so picky but he likes bread so this is a win/win. He can help make it (without a big mess) AND he will eat it. I can’t wait to try this with him. Thank you for sharing :)
    Tara U recently posted..Breakfast Crunchwraps- Homemade!

  20. 20
    Pattie says:

    I love this cooking with kids!!! I let my 5year old niece make cookies just last week. Next is making bread!!! Thanks for all the fun recipes:)

  21. 21
    Jessica D. says:

    I can’t wait to try this. It seems like such a simple recipe.

  22. 22
    judy says:

    I loved your idea I have grand sons perfect for boys, and messy grams
    loved it will let every one know how old gram did.

  23. 23
    Tess says:

    Wish I would have seen this two weeks ago! I had my niece and nephew for 9 days and this would have been right up their alley to do. I have 4 grandsons and can’t wait for each of them to be ready to help make bread loaves. I already do homemade loaves for Christmas presents…this would be a way for them to make the presents even more special!

    If your kitchen isn’t warm enough for rising, start your oven at 200 degrees F. and let the dough “rest” in there. That way it’s draft free as well which helps with the rising. Make sure that you cover the bowl or pan that you have the dough in so it doesn’t dry out. Make sure you don’t leave the dough in the plastic bag though.

  24. 24
    DeAnna Anderson says:

    This new cooking with kids that you are doing is genius. I am looking forward to finding the next in the series as it is now July 11 and I am behind. I signed up for your weekly email as well so I don’t miss anything. For this first recipe how long would you cook a regular sized loaf. Would it cook the same 25-30 minutes or a little longer. I have always had this thing with yeast. We just don’t get along, but I think even I could handle this recipe. My teenager daughter is interested as well. Thanks so much!

    • 24.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      Will have more ideas on the blog in the next few weeks – did you see the Chocolate Snack Cake idea I shared a week ago? A full size bread pan will probably take about 10 minutes longer. Have fun!!

  25. 25
    Michelle Lubbers says:

    What’s your secret for light and shiny crust? Egg yolk? Melted butter? The verdict is out on whether we kneaded too long. My boys made a batch this morning that is now cooling. They had a great time making the dough, so it is a win! I really hope it’s edible though :)

    • 25.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      The secret is melted butter. I mainly did it so it would look prettier in the photograph :) Hope you and your boys had fun – that’s the key ingredient!

    • 25.2
      Michelle Lubbers says:

      Tastes great! I love how “organic” it is with lumps and bumps, but yet it bakes up with such nice texture.

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