Homemade Bread in a Bag

Annelise is obsessed with baking! She loves finding & following recipes...which is awesome for her creativity & confidence, but not so great for our eating habits!!! :-P It's been a chore to steer her away from wanting to bake multi-tiered, buttercream-slathered cakes; yes, they seem fantastic, but WHO is going to eat all that? We would, and that's the last thing anyone in this household needs. :-D So smaller portions, unique flavor combinations, and maybe healthier options are our goal.

White bread isn't "healthier", but there's not much better on earth than freshly baked yeasted bread. Yeast is awesome, and we found the easiest, least intimidating recipe ever: Bread in a Bag - http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/bread-bag

We've made it six times now (three by herself) and it's yet to fail! The first time, we made one normal loaf. The next two, we used a silicone giant-doughnut-shaped cake mold we have to bake circular loaves in the shape of a smooth wreath - easy to cut smaller, two-bite-sized slices. The last three batches have been rolls: after the first two, we wanted to jazz them up, so we got playful and added chopped pistachios & dried cranberries! (Our fave bakery bread at the store is cranberry pistachio, so we made our own version.) SUCCESS! (I typed the recipe out at the end.)

And with the pistachios & cranberries:

Bread in a Bag
Author: LeighAnne Wilkes
Makes: 1 loaf or ~16 rolls

3 C all purpose flour, divided
3 Tbsp white sugar
1 (.25) package rapid rise yeast (2¼ tsp)
1 C warm water
3 Tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
1½ tsp salt

1) In a resealable plastic bag, place 1 C flour, sugar, & yeast, and add in warm water.
2) Squeeze air out of the bag and seal. Squish with your hands until well mixed together.
3) Let it rest for 10 minutes at room temperature. Bubbles will form.
4) Open bag and put in 1 C of flour, oil, and salt.
5) Seal bag again and squish until well blended.
6) Add last cup of flour and continue mixing in the same manner until well blended.
7) Remove dough from bag and put onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 5-10 minutes or until smooth.
8) Place into a greased loaf pan. Or divide into individual rolls & place in baking cups.
Cover with a towel and allow to rise for about 30 minutes.
9) Bake in a 375°F oven for ~25 minutes for a loaf, ~15 minutes for rolls, or until bread is golden brown.


  1. What a cool recipe - and the results look very tasty!! ;) My 14-year-old daughter enjoys baking, so I'm going to have to show her this recipe! Love that it's so simple, too!


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