Baking bread with kids is a wonderful activity to do together! Not only do you get to eat the very tasty fruits of your labour, but the experience is shared – and educational.
Kneading bread dough strengthens little hands – just like playing with play dough, here is a link to our most loved play dough recipe, just in case you would rather play…
Preparing the ingredients to bake can also be used as a maths and science lesson! Calculating the weight of ingredients, explaining how yeast works and why dough rises!!
On that note, do you know what yeast is and why is makes dough rise?
Very simply put, yeast is a single cell fungus that eats sugar and releases by products – carbon dioxide – which causes the dough to rise.
Ingredients to make 1kg dough:
We used a combination of both wheat flour and white flour – this makes a half white – half brown bread dough – perfect for kids!
- 280g flour
- 380g wheat flour
- 10g sugar
- 8g salt
- a touch of olive oil
- 320ml water
- 8g yeast
- egg wash (1 egg lightly beaten)
- seeds / rolled oats etc for decoration
What materials do you need?
Other than two willing hands,
- Baking tray & Baking Paper
- A good alternative to a baking tray is a silicon mat – like the one below. They are non stick and super easy to clean!
Instructions: Baking Bread with Kids
- Mix flour, wheat flour, sugar and salt and mix well.
- Add a tiny drop (5ml or so) olive oil and then bit by bit add the water whilst mixing – easy with hands!
- When mixed well, add the yeast and then knead for at least 15 minutes. At the end of the 15 minutes make sure you knead into a round ball.
- Place the dough into a largish bowl and cover the bowl with a damp kitchen towel – like a lid…
- Leave it in a warm place for 30 minutes to rise!
- Knead the dough for a further 5 minutes and then you can make and shape your bread!
- Put the dough shapes / your bread shape onto a baking tray covered with baking paper.
- Wash with egg – turns the bread golden and acts as glue should you want to decorate… We sprinkled seeds onto the top of our bread!
We made the letters of our names – an E and a D.
Here is a you tube video showing you how to shape bread into a plait!
This is even more fancy – How to shape bread into a round Challah
TIP: When you give the dough a form, try to keep it all the same thickness. When the dough cooks, thin pieces will cook much faster! Keeping it more or less the same means you will get an even cook – and no burnt pieces on the outside.
- When your dough form is on the oven tray cover it with a damp cloth and let it rise for another hour.
- Pre-heat the oven to 220 C
- Put the bread into the middle of the oven.
- Baking time is about 30 minutes, depending on your shape or form. Bake until it starts to turn golden.
The only thing left to do is eat and enjoy!!