Did you know you can make bread in a bag? If you have followed the Busy Toddler account over the years, you may have come across this recipe which she adapted to make bread in a bag, making it into a super kid friendly activity. After seeing so many people post homemade bread posts during the pandemic, and being the activity queen that I am, I thought: why not give it a try? I also thought there is no way that my kids mixing ingredients in a bag will actually taste good! But we needed something to do and I was tired of baking chocolate chip cookies every week. This recipe works for any age and the best part of this recipe is that the mess is minimal!
Here’s what you need:
1 gallon sized resealable plastic bag (Ziplock style)
3 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 packet yeast (rapid rise or regular)
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt (this can be to taste)
Combine 1 cup flour, sugar, and yeast packet in a bowl. Pour into a resealable bag. Add warm water. Seal bag, pressing out air. Begin shaking and mixing the bag by hand. Set bag to rest for 10 minutes. In a bowl, combine 1 cup of flour with salt. Pour into bag along with melted butter. Seal bag again, pressing out air. Shake and mix again.
Open bag and add in last cup of flour. Seal bag, and mix for final time. Pull out dough and place on a floured surface. With floured hands, knead dough for 5-10 minutes. Place dough in a greased loaf pan. Lay towel over the loaf pan and set it in a warm spot in your house. Allow the dough 30-45 minutes to rise. Bake at 375F for 25 minutes.
Let me tell you: that this was SUPER easy and SUPER delicious. It tasted like I made this bread in a bread maker. Let’s just say the loaf did not last very long. It tastes good, it gives the kids a fun activity to do, and they are super proud of what they made. WIN! If you haven’t tried these already, you can also make ice cream in a bag or butter in a jar!