Updated on August 4, 2018
Bread in a Bag
Whenever I’m in the kitchen, even if I am getting a glass of water, she is there asking me what I am doing. She’s even said that she wants to be a cook when she grows up. I am all for feeding into her likes and passions, so I have been letting her help me cook whenever I can, as well as let her cook her own recipes (with adult supervision, of course!). This recipe, Bread in a Bag, is perfect for her, as well as other children who love to cook. Having your kids cook teaches them not only a life skill, but it also teaches her where food comes from (not just the restaurant or store!), teaches him to listen and focus, teaches her how to follow instructions, teaches him science skills, and math skills in a fun and rewarding way!
When you cook with your children, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, take out all the ingredients and tools needed. This will keep things flowing, which will keep your child’s attention more instead of having to pause as you get things out.
Second, have a step stool (or something similar, like a sturdy chair) for your child to step on to make her higher and closer to the action. It will help tremendously when he has to stir or cut food!
When you cook with children, it is important to let them be messy. Yes, it is important to have them be careful, but a pristine location will not happen. If this is hard for you allow a mess, work extra hard to allow them to explore the foods and ingredients freely. Of course, afterwords, let them know that cleaning up is part of the cooking process as you hand over the sponge to them! (Right now, Lemon is cleaning the mounds of flour off the counter!)
Finally, be patient. This is a learning experiment for your child and for you. The last thing your child needs is for you to lose your patience as she is being extra careful. Just have fun and let her go at his pace!
Alright! On to making this delicious bread in a bag!
The first step in bread in a bag is having a clean resealable bag available. I have one marked as the bread bag so we always have it available and I won’t use it with other foods.
Have your child measure out 1 cup of flour and pour into the bag. Measure out 3 tablespoons of sugar and 2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast and put in the bag. Finally, add 1 cup of warm water. (Make sure it’s warm water, not hot as heat will kill the yeast.)
Squeeze our the air from the bag and seal it good. Have your child squish all the ingredients together with her hands until well mixed together.
Let it sit and rest for 10 minutes until bubbles form. (Science!). Your child can go play for a bit!
After 10 minutes, open the bag and add another cup of flour (more messiness!), 3 tablespoons of oil, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. (Math!)
Have your child squish the ingredients together again. So much fun!
Once it is well blended, add a final cup of flour and continue to squish together until well blended again.
Take the dough out of the bag and place on a well floured surface. Have your child knead the dough with his hands for 5-10 minutes. Or, if your child is like mine, knead for two minutes, then make mommy do the rest.
I wouldn’t recommend eating the dough, but it isn’t harmful.
Your hands will get messy!
Place in a bread loaf pan that has been greased and floured. Cover with a towel for about 30 minutes to allow it to rise. (Again, science!). Just enough time for your child to watch one episode of Odd Squad!
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 minuets until it is golden brown. I would recommend you do this part, unless your child is super responsible and careful.
Take some photos of your proud child with their work of art! Post it on Facebook and Instagram while you wait for the bread to cool. Eat it when it is cool enough not to burn your mouth. Yummy!