I, for one, find something delicious about bread.  Any kind of bread, for that matter… especially the kind my children make!

bread in a bag

As part of our 80 Days of Summer Fun Challenge, we made bread in a bag.  It was a fun recipe that was simple enough for my 4, 7 and 9 year olds to make with just a few ingredients and very little assistance!

bread in a bag

Start by dumping 1 cup of flour into a gallon size ziploc bag.  Next, add 3 Tbsp of sugar, 1 package of yeast and 1 cup of water, then mix it up!  (After sealing the bag, of course!)  While we squished the dough, we talked about yeast and how it “burps” to let out gas.  My children thought that was the funniest, yet weirdest, thing.

We let the bag rest for 10 minutes, letting the yeast activate.  You can compare the bag before it sits and after, pointing out the bubbles (or burps) from the yeast.

After the 10 minute rest, we added 3 Tbsp olive oil, 1.5 tsp salt and another cup of flour to the bag.  Then we did more squishing (3 minutes.)

bread in a bag

We opened the bag and added in the last cup of flour and mixed it again.  At this point, I also let my children sprinkle some flour on a clean counter top.  We dumped the dough from the bag to the counter, where I let my children kneed the bread for 8 minutes (until it was smooth.)

bread in a bag recipe

bread in a bag

I let my children spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray and they divided the dough into 4 equal parts, before shaping into loaves.  We put the dough in the pan, then let it rise for about an hour.  (I always set my pan on the stove, covered with a towel.  About 40 minutes into the rising process, I turn the oven on, letting the heat help out, if needed.)  Take a look at the before and after:

bread recipe

Bake the bread at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown.  Let it rest for about 30 minutes – it will be extremely hot!  After the bread cools for a bit, slice it up and let your children spread on a little butter! They will be so proud of their accomplishments!

bread in a bag


 Bread in a Bag Recipe


  • 3 C flour, divided into 3x 1 cups
  • 1 (.25) package rapid rise yeast
  • 3 Tbsp white sugar
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 C warm water
  •  1.5 tsp salt


  1. In a resealable plastic bag combine 1 cup of flour, sugar and yeast and add in warm water.  (Make sure it’s not too hot.)
  2. Remove the air from the bag, seal it, then squish to mix ingredients together. 
  3. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes at room temperature. (Watch the burps!)
  4. Open the bag and add 1 cup of flour, the oil and salt.  Remove the air from the bag, seal it and squish again.
  5. Add the last cup of flour and continue mixing, until well blended.
  6. Remove the dough from the bag and put on a lightly floured surface.
  7. Knead for about 8 minutes, until smooth.
  8. Divide the dough and place each into lightly greased (mini) loaf pans.  Of course you can make one big loaf, too!
  9. Cover the pan with a towel and allow to rise for about 45-60 minutes.  You want the bread to double in size.
  10. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Let the bread rest and enjoy!



    • Debra n Camryn Pierce Reply

      This works great for my grandson & I. Thank you for the pics, it below him understand what each step would look like. We decided to make herb bread. You know what, boy was it good. He had to take it to school n explain the process. Thank you for the easy, delicious recipe and a memory to last for years. <3 Deb n Camera

  1. We made this over the holiday weekend. Thank you for the idea. My kids loved this!

  2. I am totally making this tomorrow. My children will love this as much as my Mom will!

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  5. We made this today and despite my hesitations about making bread from scratch, it came out really well. Followed the recipe exactly and left it out on the balcony (we are in FL) to rise for an hour. We made one regular sized loaf. Both kids (3 and 6) loved it, the 6 year old was a lot more into it though.

  6. This is such an awesome idea to let my munchkin help in the kitchen with less mess!

    • Could be your yeast was stale dated? Could be there was a draft and it effected the bread while it was to rise. There are many reasons why bread doesn’t rise. Usually its’ because it wasn’t kneaded enough or was kneaded too much. Its an art in itself to get a good loaf of bread from scratch. But once you find the secret – nothing tastes better. Keep trying – ensure your elevation is correct as well – you sea level effects the rising of bread as well.

  7. This will be fun while camping and taste yummy at the same time

  8. I have a few questions…. my mom use to make cheese bread and when I say this I was wondering if anyone has made this recipe with extras? Like cheese, bananas and walnuts?

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