Easy Bread For Kids

WeeCookies – easy bread for kids

 

Shopping List:

500g Strong Bread flour

15g of unsalted butter

2 teaspoons of salt

1 sachet of instant dried yeast

Cool – warm water 300- 450 ml

Vegetable oil

Egg (optional)

 

Equipment:

A big bowl

A measuring jug

Cling film

An old knife

Baking tray

Muscles

 

Easy Steps:

1. Turn oven on to 235 degrees centigrade, and lightly grease a baking tray with some vegetable oil.

2. Place flour, butter, salt and yeast in a mixing bowl being really careful not to let the yeast come into contact with the salt –this will kill the yeast and stop the bread rising!

3. Slowly start pouring the water into the flour and mix and knead until the flour becomes 1st like chewing gum and then as you add more water it starts turning into a sticky dough. Do not add all the water at once as you may not need all the water it depends on the strength of the flour. As the gluten in the flour expands it will absorb the water, kneading is a process that encourages this.

4. Tip the dough onto a clean flat surface and continue to knead it for about 8 minutes until it feels smooth  slightly bouncy and stretchy. Don’t be tempted to add extra flour at this stage, as it will make the bread hard. Wetter dough is better than a dry tight one!

5. Put the dough into a clean big bowl, cover it with cling film and leave it somewhere warm for 1-2 hours until it has proven and doubled in size!

6. When the dough has risen tip it onto a flat surface and split it into what ever size pieces you ant to bake using an old knife. For mini rolls a piece of golf ball sized dough will be fine! To make a mini baguette then a tennis ball size amount would be ideal. Remember different size bread will take different amounts of time to cook.

7. Roll and shape your bread and place on the greased baking sheet. Allow space between bread for it to rise and expand! –If you prefer you can use the whole mix to make one loaf which you can place on the baking tray, score with a sharp knife or scissors. Dust the bread /rolls with some flour or for a golden finish brush egg yolk on the mini rolls. Leave the bread on a tray to rest and rise again for 20-30 minutes.

8. When the bread/rolls are risen again slightly carefully put them in the oven. Children should get parents to help with the oven bits.

9. Mini rolls will take 18-25minutes to bake, a loaf 30-40 minutes. The best way to check if the loaf or rolls are ready is to tap the underneath. When the breads sound hollow then they are ready so carefully remove from the hot oven and leave to cool on a cooling rack. If you leave bread to cool somewhere flat  it will sweat and give you soggy bread, so a rack is important.

10. As soon as the bread is cool enough and you can’t wait any longer grab your favourite spread, butter or jam and eat!

 

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