Monday, October 27, 2008

Bread in a Bag

I have been wanting to make bread with the girls - but didn't know how well it would go over. Real yeast-rising-kneading bread takes a lot of effort and patience. They are only 3 and 5, so I thought they might lose interest before the project was finished.

Then I found this recipe where you put all the ingredients into a large ziploc bag and let the kids have at it. It was very simple and just the right amount of involvement to keep my girls in the game. They really enjoyed that they each got to make their own loaf, as well as eating the spoils warm out of the oven with butter! The whole house smelled so yummy!

The recipe makes one medium-sized loaf. You can see from the pictures that from a double batch (Megan & Molly's) we made one medium sized loaf and 4 small loaves. The small loaves only needed to bake for 25 minutes, while the single loaf baked for 35 minutes.

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 packet dry active yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2 TBSP vegetable oil
2 TBSP honey
1 cup hot water
1 cup white flour

Measure the wheat flour, yeast, and salt into a large ziploc bag.
Seal the bag and gently shake it.
Open the bag and add the oil, honey, and warm water.
Squeeze the air out of the bag and seal it again.
Squeeze the bag with your hands until all the ingredients are mixed up.
Open the bag and add the white flour. Seal bag and knead some more until it is smooth and forms a ball.
Keep squeezing and kneading the dough for about 10 more minutes.
Place the bag in a warm place, and cover it with a clean kitchen towel. Let the dough rise until it has doubled in size.
While the dough is rising, grease your loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Punch down the dough with your fists, and then take it out of the bag.
Put the dough in the loaf pan you are using and cover with the kitchen towel.
Let the dough rise until it doubles again.
While it is rising, turn the oven on to 350 degrees.
When the bread has risen, put the pan in the oven and bake it for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.



Jennifer said...

I am totally going to make this. It's a perfect thing for my little ones to help me with. Love the suggestion-thanks!!

Jennifer said...

OMG, I made the bread...I am so lame! I don't know what happened, but it didn't rise at all-maybe it did a little, but definitely not much. It was good I guess-just a little dense! What the heck did I do wrong?