Easy Bread Recipe for Kids

Have you ever made bread with your children? It’s such a satisfying thing to bake and so well suited to children as the dough is robust enough to withstand their enthusiastic handling. This easy bread recipe is a really good one to use with kids. It’s almost a no-knead recipe, with just thirty kneads required, so it won’t tire out young arms!

Easy bread recipe for kids

To make one large loaf of bread you will need:

4 cups / 500g strong white bread flour

1 1/2 cups /300ml warm water

1 sachet ( 7g or 1 1/2 teaspoons)  fast action dried yeast

1 tablespoon olive oil

To make your loaf:

1. Measure out all the ingredients into a large bowl and combine them together using 30 kneading movements.

2. Leave for 10 minutes then knead again using 30 movements. My kids like to use the kitchen timer to sound the alarm when the next round of kneading is required.

3. Leave for another 10 minutes then knead again using 30 movements.

4. Leave the dough in a warm place for 30 minutes, with a clean cloth covering the top of the bowl.

5. Then knead lightly and shape the dough into a round. Place it on a greased baking tray.

6. Leave for another 30 minutes in a warm place* and pre-heat the oven to 450F (Gas Mark 8). (*on top of the pre-heating oven is perfect)

7. Bake the bread for 20-25 minutes.

Give your bread a twist

 

My daughters love to customize their bread and make their own variations on an ordinary loaf. We often set up a baking station on the kitchen table with extra ingredients for them to mix in to the dough to make sweet and savory versions. You could try raisins, candied cherries, ground cinnamon, dried thyme and oregano. They also like to use cookie cutters to make their bread into different shapes and sometimes make letters with the dough too.

Do you bake bread with your kids? Do you have a recipe to share?

Check out these other easy recipes for kids:

 

30 Comments

  1. I’m always looking for great recipes and projects I can involve my kids with, and I think your bread here will be perfect! I’m going to add it to my summer to-do list for sure 🙂
    I host *Get Creative* on my blog, and I’d love to invite you to come link up your recipes and ideas there!
    http://www.justalittlecreativity.com/2012/05/get-creative-party-10-and-features.html
    Thanks for sharing this one, I’m looking forward to giving it a try!
    -Molly

  2. I love the timing. I will try this and use the 10, 10, 30, 30 minutes, for some focused play! We will also use the timer. My youngest daughter loves to beep beep with it!

  3. What a great activity for kids! Love this! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

    –Trish

  4. I love the idea of using cookie cutters!

  5. This looks like something JDaniel and I need to try!

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  11. Learning All The Time says:

    The recipe was a bit misleading. I’ve hand-made bread before, with good results. I skipped the water/yeast dissolved mixture because I was interested to see the result of simply combining the ingredients as directed. The results were not great. The yeast must be activated by the warm water or the bread will not rise. You cannot simply pour the yeast in a bowl and combine everything together. And kneading the sticky mixture without first sprinkling hands and counter with flour was not pleasant. I scraped the mixture off my daughter’s hands, then proceeded with the kneading with flour. The round ball never increased in size, despite following the instructions in the recipe. The birds received a welcome dinner of bread crumbs from our baked loaf. It was too hard for us to eat.
    I think the simplicity of the recipe is deceiving. It should include the important steps needed to actually produce the bread in the picture.

  12. I am so sorry that was your experience. I use that recipe regularly and have NEVER dissolved the yeast in warm water. I just add it all together including the butter that isn’t room temperature and it has worked great for me. I use a bread machine which may be the difference in our experience. I seriously have made this recipe probably close to 150 times! It is a family favorite.

  13. Is it possible that the sugar was omitted in the recipe? I can’t imagine yeast working without sugar?

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  18. Just made the dough with my 3 and 5 year old boys. But I had to use AP instead….all I had. Oops. We shall see how they turn out. But thanks for the idea all the same. My boys had fun making their bread men.

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