Junior Chef Kids Cooking Lessons
12-15 years old
Lesson 3

In Kids Cooking Lessons today we will be working with bread dough and baking homemade bread. Centuries ago, bread making was a daily or weekly event in most houses.
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Making homemade bread also is a science lesson in itself,  watching the yeast proof and your bread rising. Yeast is a leavening agent which makes the dough light and spongy. Yeast creates bubbles of carbon dioxide which makes bread rise.

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Baking Homemade Bread

Convenience has taken over but it still can't replace wonderful homemade bread. Making bread from scratch can be time consuming but teaching your children this kids cooking lesson and the art of baking, will be well worth it.

How to Make Homemade Bread

White Bread

  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 4 Cups warm water, about 110 degrees
  • 2 Tablespoons yeast or 2 packages of yeast
  • 1/4 Cup shortening, melted or canola oil
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 7-8 Cups flour
Dissolve 1 Tablespoon of the sugar in the water. It is important to make sure the warm water is an accurate temperature. If it is too hot, it will kill the yeast and if it is too cold, it won't rise. The temperature should be about 110 degrees. You can test with a candy thermometer. Add the yeast to the warm water and sugar mixture. Yeast should start to froth or foam.
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In a bowl, add shortening, salt, remaining sugar and 7 Cups of flour. Stir together. Add yeast mixture and mix together to make a soft dough. Add enough flour to the dough in order to create a ball. Take the ball out of the bowl and place on a clean and floured cupboard. Knead with your hands.
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In a large clean bowl add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the bottom and swirl around to coat the bottom and sides of the bowl. Place bread ball in oiled bowl. Cover with a towel and leave in a warm spot in the kitchen. Let sit for 30 minutes.

bread dough rising baking homemade bread

loaves readyrising

After 30 minutes, with your hand, pound dough down and knead for one minute. Form into two loaves and put in two loaf pans. Cover again and let rise 30 minutes. Then bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.

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