Bread in a bag is an 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 baking bread recipes – try making beer bread or no-knead bread!

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.

bread in a bag recipe
Bread in a Bag Supplies

What You Need to Make Bread in a Bag

(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 of active dry yeast or fast-rise yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • Two tablespoons of sugar in a small disposable cup or bag
  • One tablespoon of vegetable oil, in a small disposable cup, etc..
  • 3 Disposable mini-loaf pan, 5 x 3 inches
  • 3 One-gallon plastic bags, for transporting bread home

Recipe for Bread in a Bag

bread in a bag

Bread in a Bag

Bread in a bag is an easy recipe, that is great for learning, and is sure to provide hours of fun! 
Prep Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Warm Water (105° to 115°F)
Servings: 8
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Author: Cindy Hopper

Directions for making Bread in a Bag

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 out of the bag 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 for 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 a plastic bag. Let rest for 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 the pan.

White and wheat loafs of bread ready for the oven prepared with the Bread in a Bag Recipe
Loafs of Bread Ready to Bake

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.

After making bread kids are learning to churn butter using an antique hand crank butter churn
Making Butter

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

words for poem to chant while churning butter while baking your bread in a bag
Come Butter Come – Poem

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

More Great Bread Recipes

Here are some other great bread recipes that I think you might enjoy.

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  1. So excited to try this! I have some adorable activity days girls that always want to make something, This looks like a fabulous Idea!

    Thank You, Thank You

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