This easy homemade bread recipe can be done completely by hand so very little equipment is needed. It just requires a bowl, the ingredients, a wooden spoon, a warm place and a tea towel. Scroll down for the recipe itself…
Perfect Activity to do with kids
The ease of this recipe and lack of equipment needed is one of the reasons that this is a great recipe to try with kids. They will love the kneading of the dough and making individual bread rolls, but you can also make a loaf using this recipe. It might be a little messy, but baking bread with kids is really fun and great for a rainy day or when you need a day inside. The best part is that you get to eat the yummy bread afterwards! It is even a great bread recipe for baby as there is very little salt and you don’t have to include sugar.
Bread Recipe for Baby
If you are just introducing bread into your baby’s diet then this one is perfect as it is made with white flour. Our instinct is to step away from refined flour these days, but when babies are small the amount of fibre contained in wholemeal breads can fill them up too much and so stop them from consuming enough of the more nutrient dense other foods that you are introducing. Also experts suggest that as bread contains gluten which can be an allergen it shouldn’t be introduced until after your baby is 6 months old.
What you will need for this easy homemade bread recipe
(We doubled up this recipe as I have 4 kids who all wanted their own bowl to mix and so we made both rolls and a loaf)
500g/ 1lb of strong white bread flour (You can also use plain flour, but you may find you need less liquid)
25g/ 1oz butter
1 tsp salt
1 sachet of fast action yeast (7g sachet)
300ml/ 10floz warm water
2 tsp sugar (this gives a thicker crust and changes the flavour, but is optional. We didn’t include the sugar and it still tasted great)
- Mix together the flour, yeast and salt (and sugar if you are using) in a large bowl
- Rub in the butter
- Stir in the water and mix it together to make a soft dough. You will need to get hands in there at this point to ensure that it all comes together
- Once you have a ball of dough you you need to knead it for about 10 – 15 minutes. You can use your electric mixer with the dough hook for this if you prefer, but if you are baking with kids then I would let them go crazy here.
- Put it in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean tea towel and leave somewhere warm and dark for 1hr to prove (I put it in the boiler cupboard)
- Remove from the cupboard. It should have doubled in size. Knock back the dough – this is basically knocking the air out of the dough. My kids love doing this bit…
- Shape into rolls or into a loaf. For rolls you can just use the palm of your hand to roll a ball or you can make plaits and swirls like we did. You can use a loaf tin and grease it before putting the dough in or just create a round shape
- Once you have your rolls or loaf shaped then cover with a damp, clean tea towel and leave in a dark, warm place for 1hr to prove again
- Uncover and bake in an oven preheated to 200 degrees C. It will take approximately 25-30 minutes (rolls will be quicker)
- When you take it out and tap the bottom it should sound hollow – if not it isn’t ready
- EAT IT!