Alex has a new favorite activity, and it involves Ziploc bags and eating entire loaves of bread, with and without peanut butter. In fact, he keeps getting into the under the sink area in the kitchen on his quest to steal baggies and fill them with flour. We’ve had to hide them up on top of the refrigerator, which I do believe is the only place in the house he has not figured how to get into #toddlerlife
Anyway, this bread in a bag is a really fun (and somewhat messy, just warning you) activity that kids will really enjoy, at least, if Alex is at all representative. It’s a standard bread recipe, but you do all the mixing and a good bit of the kneading inside of a Ziploc baggie. It actually makes a really decent loaf, as evidenced by this picture:
So it’s definitely something you could serve with dinner. I have eaten some of Alex’s loaves (when he’s not looking), and they taste great with just a little bit of butter.
We got the idea from Your Home Based Mom and have absolutely loved it. It’s just so easy, inexpensive, and I always have the ingredients on hand, so we can do this activity on a moment’s notice (like when it randomly starts raining/snowing).
The process is really simple. All you do is put the ingredients in the bag and knead them around with your hands until they’re well mixed:
From there, you’ll turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for a few minutes (this is where Alex usually needs help). Once it’s nice and elastic, you flatten it out and form it into a loaf by folding it in thirds and then folding the ends under.
Then you let it rise, bake, and voila, you have your loaf. Happy baking!
Bread in a Bag
- 3 cups flour
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 1 pkg yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 3 Tbsp oil
- 1½ tsp salt
- Add water, sugar, yeast, and 1 cup flour together in a quart or larger zip-top baggie.
- Seal the top, then mix the ingredients together.
- Let sit for 5 minutes until bubbly, then add oil, salt, and 1 cup flour.
- Mix together.
- Add last cup of flour, and mix together until well combined.
- Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead for 3-5 minutes.
- Form into loaf and place in greased loaf pan.
- Cover and allow to rise for 30-45 minutes.
- Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes.
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