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    Making bread in a bag

    Posted by  ·  February 16, 2007

    Bread in a bag is a easy recipe, that is great for learning, and is sure to provide hours of fun! It’s the perfect thing to do with kids this summer!  If making bread intimidates you, you have come to the right place! Here are a few more easy bread recipes – try making beer bread or no knead bread!

    Let’s get started!

    Last Friday my son’s fourth grade class made bread in a bag. The children were divided into groups of three and given a bread making kit. The kit included everything they needed to make three mini loaves of bread. The instructions can be printed from Kansas Wheat. More information about wheat, bread and nutrition can be found here or here.

    Items needed to make a Bread-in-the-Bag Kit

    (makes 3 mini loaves)


    • 1 Two-gallon, heavy-duty freezer bag
    • 1 Twist tie
    • 1 Quart-size plastic bag with 2 cups of all-purpose flour
    • 1 Quart-size plastic bag with 2 cups of whole wheat flour. NOTE: To measure flour accurately, first stir the flour, and then spoon it into a measuring cup intended for dry ingredients and level with a knife.
    • Two teaspoons of salt in a disposable container, such as a sandwich bag, small paper/plastic cup
    • One package active dry yeast or fast-rise yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
    • Two tablespoons sugar in small disposable cup or bag
    • One tablespoon of vegetable oil, in small disposable cup, etc.,.
    • 3 Disposable mini-loaf pan, 5 x 3 inches
    • 3 One-gallon plastic bag, for transporting bread home

    Recipe for Easy Wheat Bread

    Mix in a heavy-duty (freezer) plastic bag:

    ½ cup all-purpose flour
    1 package active dry yeast or fast-rise yeast
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1/2 cup warm water (105° to 115°F)

    Close bag, release air and work with fingers until completely blended. Let rest 15 minutes.

    Open the bag and add:
    1 tablespoon sugar
    2 cups whole wheat flour
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    2 teaspoons salt
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    3/4 cup warm water (105° to 115°F)

    Mix well until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bag–about 5 minutes.

    Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 5 to 6 minutes. Knead in just enough flour to make a soft dough; it should be a little sticky. If too much flour is added, the final product will be dry and low-volume. Divide dough into thirds. Cover with plastic bag. Let rest 10 minutes.

    Press the dough out flat with fingertips into a 4 x 6-inch rectangle. Beginning at a short end, roll the rectangle up tightly like a sleeping bag. With fingertips, pinch the edge to the rest of the dough forming a seam. Fold over the two ends and pinch.

    Place dough, seam-side down, in pan.


    Cover with bag and let rise until doubled, about 45 to 60 minutes. Bake in a preheated 350°F to 375°F convection oven 15 to 18 minutes; or in a 400F conventional oven for 30 to 35 minutes.

    Remove from pans; cool on wire rack.

    The children also made homemade butter with an antique butter churn.


    To keep the correct rhythm while turning the crank, the children chanted this authentic poem.


    Such a simple way for kids to make a delicious mini loaf of bread. We made it again at home and put the entire amount of dough in one large loaf pan.

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    1. Lauri
      Friday, July 15th, 2016
      I wish I had seen this when my kids were younger. This is just the type of "project" they would love. That doesn't mean I can't still do it.

      What a great housewarming kit!
    2. Lydia Hansbrough
      Sunday, July 3rd, 2016
      I would like to make this type of bread. Please email the information

      Thank You,

      Lydia Hansbrough
    3. Deborah Hornbuckle
      Monday, November 23rd, 2015
      My granddaughter just told me tonight that her class made bread and butter in school! Must be where the teacher got the idea. Love the use of the bag to mix.
    4. Chuck
      Thursday, May 21st, 2015
      Wheat flour and white flour absorb water very differently. With white flour only, try subbing white for the 2 cups of wheat. Mix. Add up to one half cup of flour. Mix but leave the dough a little sticky. If you make the dough too stiff and dry, it won't rise properly and will make interesting, if a bit large, hockey pucks.
    5. Janet
      Thursday, May 14th, 2015
      I would like to make this for my daughter who has celiac disease and can't eat wheat. Can I use all white gluten free flour to make this?? Hoping for a yes!
    6. ~Becca~
      Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
      I'm assuming the differently colored doughs that folks have pointed out, are because some kids used too much Flour when kneading.

      As for substituting other flours, why not try it and let us know. Every recipe ever created, was a trial and error recipe.
    7. Stacy
      Friday, January 23rd, 2015
      Why does the picture show loaves of varying colors? Did some use all white flour instead of wheat?
    8. Rebecca
      Friday, December 19th, 2014
      My son decided to use this as a stocking stuffer idea for his Dad. His Dad loves making homemade bread.
    9. Sam
      Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
      I'm with some of the others, on a hunt for a yummy gluten free version for my newly diagnosed celiac 3 year old.
    10. Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
      Could you please publish a Gluten Free recipe for this bread? For the 2 of us, this would be perfect portions for us to have homemade bread whenever we wanted it. I love this idea and thank you for posting!!!
    11. Sunday, September 21st, 2014
      Hi, any chance you have a gluten free dairy free recipe?
    12. Bonnie
      Monday, September 1st, 2014
      Can you make it with plain flour instead of wheat flour?
    13. Tawana Johnson
      Sunday, July 20th, 2014
      I have a question ,I am not doing wheat products so could we use rye flour instead if the wheat ?
    14. Leanna
      Sunday, July 20th, 2014
      This sounds like fun and yummy! My daughter is 8 and she will love this!
    15. Saturday, July 19th, 2014
      What a brilliant idea! I am certainly going to be doing this with my girls! :)
    16. mary thibodeau
      Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
      can you do it for white bread two
    17. Natasha
      Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
      Do you have gluten free recipe?
    18. patsy
      Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
      we used to make butter by shaking cream in a jar since that is the only way to make it after our old fashion glass churn broke. my dad drank the butter milk or we used it to make butter milk biscuits. I love home made bread and butter. this is a fun way to make bread with kids.
    19. abby
      Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
      I'm confused with the times/temperatures!! Are they correct??
    20. Jeanne
      Sunday, February 24th, 2013
      I have seven grandchildren and this looks like another perfect Easter project!

      On Saturday night, all of the Grandkids come to my house and we make colorful-cracked eggs. (hard boil as usual, cool, gently roll on counter to make lots of cracks in shell, drop into coffee mugs of food coloring, set in fridge overnight. Amazing when you peel them!)

      After church, while their parents do all the last minute prep for Easter dinner, we could be making bread or dinner rolls, using this recipe!

      Thanks for sharing your ideas!
    21. Saturday, July 10th, 2010
      I love homemade bread with butter... We made butter by pouring heavy whipping cream in a large tupperwear bowl with a tight fitting lid. (can use a glass jar- but not advisable with children) Shake it for about 30 min and you will feel the butter come apart from the buttermilk.(will feel like you've been shaking FOREVER!) When all the butter is together in one big lump- put in a colander and rinse with cold water to make sure all the butter milk is out. (if buttermilk is left it will spoil faster) salt if you want and it refrigerates for up to 1 week.
    22. jackie
      Friday, February 13th, 2009
      this is basically friendship bread which I love. Especially with chocolate chips in it or chocolate pudding mix. Yum!
    23. Nicole
      Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
      Sounds great! Is the temperatures and times correct? Love the idea
    24. Monday, February 2nd, 2009
      I was so excited to see this recipe. I remember making this bread when I was in 4-H, I teach 2nd grade and I think we will make this bread. Also, I'm reading Little House on the Prairie and I want the class to make butter. We will use jars to make the butter and this bread.
    25. kelly
      Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
      how does it taste? what an amazing thing for scouts to do as well! Have you checked out the spread the bread group?
    26. Friday, July 6th, 2007
      The kids must have had so much fun! How'd the bread taste?
    27. Julie (aka kirchberg)
      Saturday, February 17th, 2007
      That's a lot of bread. Whole wheat...yum. Miss you guys! Come visit.
    28. Saturday, February 17th, 2007
      I like the sticky part though!! it's a great idea though.