Just Dough It: How to make bread with your kids

There’s been a lot of trending activities since the unusual circumstances of lockdown this year. Our favourite by far has to be bread making - this relaxing, educational and fun activity is great for enjoying with the little ones. Making your own bread is a great way to get your children excited and involved with their food. To get you on the right track, we’ve written a step-by-step guide to making bread with your kids. Slip into your aprons and get your utensils out - this is going to be fun!

Step 1 - First things first - let’s get organised! Lay out all of your ingredients and equipment on your table and go through all the items you’ll be using with the kids. Not only does this get them more involved, but they’ll have a firmer grip on what to use and when to use it later on.

Step 2 - Let’s get started! With aprons on, tip some flour, yeast and salt into a big bowl and take it turns to mix it up. Pour 250ml of hot (but safe) water into some oil and honey and then stir it all up with your flour mix. You should have a lovely big bowl of dough!

Step 3 - This is the exciting bit your kids have been waiting for. Split your dough into pieces and knead the dough for a minimum of 6 minutes. Sprinkle a bit of flour on the dough if needs be and keep an eye on your kid’s technique (they might need some pointers here and there). The great thing about kneading is the heavier handed you are the better - so don’t hold them back!

Top Tip - some parents opt for the ‘bread in a bag’ kneading method. If you’re not a fan of messiness, it might be the right move.

Step 4 - With all your different lumps of dough nice and kneaded, it’s time to get them ready for the oven. Start oiling some loaf tins and push each of your doughs evenly around them. We’d also suggest letting them stand in a bag for a bit so they have an opportunity to rise before the oven.

Step 5 - It’s really important to make sure your kids are super aware of all the dangers that surround ovens. Take them through all the ins and outs and then place your tins in the oven after making some a few slashes in them with your knife. Leave your dough for around half an hour at a 200ºC fan temperature until they’re crisp and golden. Watching the bread rise with your kids while they’re in the oven is an enjoyable part of the experience!

All that’s left to do is take out your fresh bread and enjoy! Once you’ve gone through this activity once, your kids will be chomping at the bit to go through it again. We’d suggest shaking things up a bit next time round by making some animal shapes or faces. Dough-licious!

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