Cooking with Kids: Bread In a Bag


One of my favorite things to do with my kids when they were young was this recipe called “Bread in a Bag”. It’s an easy recipe whether you consider yourself a baker or not!

Essentially all the ingredients go into a resealable bag and then you knead away. Kids love the sensory experience of squishing and squashing then you can turn it onto a floured surface and allow them to create away! My kids created many a teddy bear (raisin eyes) snakes, and letters with this recipe.

What you will need:

3 cups of Flour, divided

3 Tablespoons white sugar

1 package rapid rise yeast (.25 ounce)

1 Cup warm water

3 Tablespoons non-fat dry milk

3 Tablespoons Olive oil

1 ½ Teaspoons salt

In a gallon size Ziploc bag combine 1 cup of flour, sugar, yeast and warm water. Squeeze the air out of the bag, and seal it. Have the kids squish the dough with their hands until mixed then set it aside for 15 minutes. 

While you are waiting stir together 1 cup of flour, dry milk, oil and salt in a separate bowl. Pour the mixture into the bag with the rest of the dough and squeeze out most of the air. Seal it and have another squeeze-squish session until it is all mixed together.

Finally add the last cup of flour to the bag, and squish-squeeze again.  Take the dough from the bag and place on a floured Putting+Letters+Onsurface. Knead for 5 to 8 minutes then let the kids make their snakes and snowmen or form into a small loaf, and place in a greased 8×4 inch loaf pan, or place on an oiled baking sheet.

Cover the dough with a towel, and allow to rise for about 30 minutes or until your finger leaves an impression when you poke the top of the loaf gently.  Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes or until golden brown.

For more great cooking with kids ideas, check out this blog.

I love her sweet photos and great recipes. Enjoy the Bread In a Bag –and let me know what your child created from this recipe!

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  1. I’m so going to try this! I think Hazel will have fun!


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