Bread in a Bag is going to become your new favorite family activity! Little kids and big kids alike will love making their own loaf of bread.
School is officially out here in Portland and summer vacation has started. When I had kids at home, one of my favorite things to do in the summer was hold cooking lessons. One of our favorite things to make was bread.
Making Bread in a Bag is the perfect way to introduce your children to bread making. It’s quick, easy and delicious!
Tips for Cooking with Kids
- Make sure recipe is readable and accessible. I covered my table with parchment paper and then wrote the ingredients on the paper so the kids could easily see it.
- Have all the ingredients out and easy to reach.
- Take time to teach them how to measure properly. I prefer the scoop and level method for flour.
- It’s a great opportunity for a little science lesson when you are working with the yeast. For info on working with yeast check out this post.
- Don’t expect perfection. The important thing is that the kids have fun. Their loaves won’t be perfectly shaped but it doesn’t matter They still tasted the same!
- 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! The mess will clean up quickly but the memories will last a long time!!
Bread in a Bag Ingredients
- All Purpose flour
- Rapid Rise Yeast
- Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil
- Zippered food storage bag
How to Make Bread in a Bag
Place one cup of flour into the bag.
Add yeast, sugar and warm water.
- Zip up the bag and smoosh it all together until the flour is all mixed in.
- Let it rest for 10 minutes so the yeast will activate.
- Add in olive oil, salt and remaining flour into the bag.
- Smoosh some more until dough forms.
- Take dough out of bag and place onto a lightly floured table
- Knead bread until smooth, add extra flour as needed.
- Grease mini loaf pans . Form dough into loaves and place in loaf pan. You will get two small loaves out of one batch.
- Let dough rise for 20-30 minutes. Since we are using rapid rise yeast, it won’t take long.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 25-30 minutes for mini loaves.
Can I Make One Big Loaf Instead of Two Small Loaves
Absolutely, you will just need to bake the bread for about 40 minutes instead.
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Bread in a Bag Recipe
Bread in a Bag
- 3 C all purpose flour divided
- 3 Tbsp white sugar
- 1 .25 package rapid rise yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
- 1 C warm water
- 3 Tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- In a resealable plastic bag place 1 C flour, sugar and yeast and add in warm water. Water should be 105-110 degrees F.
- 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 greasedmini 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.
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Originally posted June 21, 2014