This is how to make bread in a bag with your kids! A great activity to do together that inspires kids to do something new they’ve never tried before.
Do your kids love to bake, or do you wish you had a simple idea to get them started in the kitchen and inspire them to cook more?? Well, this easy bread in a bag recipe is fun and definitely creates a love for the kitchen, at least it did for my girls! This post was written by (influencer) through an activation with HireInfluence on behalf of (client). Although (influencer) received compensation for participating in the campaign, all thoughts and opinions are (influencer).
My 3 daughters already have an interest in cooking, but they hadn’t explored baking a lot yet.
They really are 2 different things. In cooking you can kinda’ throw everything together, let it simmer and not have to measure out everything to a T and many times it turns out just fine….NOT the same when it comes to baking.
You need to be exact!
We were asked to partner with 4-H again this month and look thru their new Inspire Kids to Do Activity Guide to find something new to do together this bread in a bag activity stuck out as something really fun to try! This came about following their 30 Days of Doing campaign where they compiled 60 of the best ideas from YOU, our 4-H youth leaders, moms, educators, and partners for fun, hands-on learning activities to create the ultimate 4-H Inspire Kids to Do Activity Guide….and we’re here to share it with you today.
Like it says in its name, the program is to inspire kids to do something new they may have not experienced before. Last month we shared what the 4-H Program is all about and how you can find a chapter near you, I’d recommend getting involved!
Here’s a peek at our activity we did together and how easy it was……
We got the instructions from Inspire Kids to Do Activity Guide here and I had them follow the directions themselves. I told them I was here to help but I really wanted them to see that they could do it and create bread in a bag from start to finish themselves and they did!
Of course I was there when they needed clarification, and the 2 who participated are 10 & 11 years old. If your kids are younger you’d of course need to help more, but for the most part they loved seeing how the ingredients transformed into dough.
Here were the basic steps for making bread in a bag
- Adding dry milk, flour, sugar and a yeast packet into a large freezer bag that zipped at the top.
- Mixing all those ingredients together well.
- Adding oil and a cup of very hot water (I helped with this, we used the Keurig to heat it up easily and pour that in)
- Using a dish towel wrapped around the freezer bag to mix those ingredients together and really knead it with their fingers so it was combined well (dish towel helped with the heat).
- Adding whole wheat flour and kneading for a while until it resembled bread dough.
- Then there was a bit of common sense they needed to use to determine how much all-purpose flour to add, a bit at a time, to stiffen the bread dough up enough so it slid out of the bag.
- Learning how to knead the dough on a cutting board with the palms of their hands, something totally new to them.
- Allowing it to rise for a while and learning that this is a necessary element of making bread.
- Then deciding whether they wanted to make a loaf of bread or rolls, 1 chose the loaf and 1 chose rolls which was good so we could see which we liked better.
- Baking at the proper temperature, and learning that an oven needs to be preheated before putting something in or it won’t bake properly.
- Checking to make sure it was done by inserting a knife into the center.
- Then tasting their creation!
- We LOVED it…and the loaf won over the rolls.
Here she is with her loaf done. Bread in a bag success!
If baking isn’t an interest of yours there are tons of other fun activities to do with your kids on the 4-H Inspire Kids to Do Activity Guide.
Put some time aside this weekend and look at it together….see what stands out and then get everything ready. It is a great way to connect with your kids…we all want that right??!!
If you’re interested in the Inspire Kids to Do activity that we did together here are complete instructions and ingredients you will need so you can print it out if you’d like or just follow them here.
There isn’t much to make bread in a bag, you just need:
- All-purpose flour
- Wheat flour
- Gallon Ziploc bag
- Hot water
- Non fat dry milk
- Dishtowel or oven mitts to do the mixing
- Rolling pin, or if you don’t have one kneading well with the palms of your hands works well too
- Cutting board to knead the dough
For more fun using a variation from this recipe we made air fryer pretzel bites too!
The complete directions are here below on the graphic from 4-H as well as the printable version below.
- If you want to make more bread recipes at home try this low carb cloud bread too.
- Our pull apart bread is amazing too and oh so easy.
Bread in a Bag
- 2 c all purpose flour
- 1 pkg. yeast quick-rising
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp nonfat dry milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 c water HOT
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 c whole wheat flour
- Combine 1 c all purpose flour, yeast, sugar, dry milk and salt into a freezer bag, squeeze air out and zip closed.
- Shake to blend ingredients, then add your hot water and oil into this mixture.
- Reseal your bag and work together using your fingers until well combined.
- Add whole wheat flour, reseal bag and mix again thoroughly.
- Add a bit of the remaining 1 c. all purpose flour at a time, kneading in the bag in between, until the dough stiffens and begins to pull away from the bag.
- Once this is achieved, remove dough from bag and put on a floured cutting board to knead with your hands.
- Knead for 2-4 min. until smooth and elastic, cover dough in a bowl and let it rest for 10 minutes.
- Use a rolling pin to roll dough into a 12x7" rectangle, place in loaf pan that has been sprayed with non stick spray.
- Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel. Put in warm location for 20 min or until dough doubles in size.
- Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees for 25 min. or until top is golden brown and knife inserted into middle comes out clean.
Let us know which Inspire Kids to Do Activity you choose to do with your kids!
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