Nothing like soft warm bread on a rainy day. Or should I say week! It's been raining here on the East coast for almost a week!
I have had the recipe for bag bread for many years and have no idea where I got it but it's a gem. A very yummy science experiment. I will try to walk you through this recipe as best as I can.
First you will need the following:
2 pkg of fast rising yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 c warm water
4 tsp vegetable oil
3 C Flour
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1. In a gallon sized Freezer bag place 1 1/2 c flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Close bag tight and ask you child to work the bag with their fingers to mix the ingredients.
2. Add the oil and water to the ingredients in the bag. Reseal and demonstrate to your child how to mix the ingredients. Gradually add the remaining flour, until mixture forms a stiff ball.
3. Grease your hands with solid vegetable oil and remove dough from bag and knead on a floured surface. (I did this part as I had 6 kids doing this activity with me. It can get very messy!)
Knead for about 5 minutes until small air pockets begin to form under the surface of the dough. when they appear allow your child to observe them.
4. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes. Grease a bread pan, divide dough into two equal pieces and place in pan.
5. Cover with clean cloth and let rise for 1 hour. In the mean time ask your child what she thinks will happen to the dough. Read a children's book about baking bread. We read the little red hen
I don't think I need to do a book review as I'm sure we have all read this book at one time or another. I will say that this book was an excellent choice for this activity:)
6. Show your child what happened to the dough once it has risen. Ask your child questions about how the dough got bigger etc
7. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degree F for 25 to 30 minutes
As soon as you take the bread out of the oven butter the tops of your loaves with paper towel. This helps your bread stay soft