Making a rainbow bread is a great project to do with young children. Kids love kneading the food coloring into the dough and eating a fun, multi-colored sandwich for lunch. You can easily make rainbow bread using very few ingredients and buying frozen bread dough in your grocer's freezer.
Things You'll Need
- Frozen bread dough
- Food coloring
- Rolling pin
- Non-stick oil spray
Thaw out the bread dough according to the directions on the package. Once it's thawed, divide it equally into 4 sections.
Place 5 drops of food coloring on each section of dough. It's quickest to use red, blue, green and yellow since you can buy a package of food coloring with all four of those colors together. Knead the food coloring into the dough until it's evenly mixed.
Put baking flour on a baking sheet and set each section of dough on it. Let it sit for at least an hour.
Using a rolling pin, roll each section of dough individually. Keep rolling until each section is 8- to 10-inches long. Once each piece is rolled out, stack them on top of each other. You may want to use a few drops of water on the tops of each piece to help the bread stick together.
Spray a bread loaf pan with a non-stick oil spray. Then fold the dough so it fits into an 8- or 9-inch bread loaf pan. You can either press it together from the ends to shorten the loaf or fold the end of the dough in towards the middle.
Let the dough rise for an hour and then bake, uncovered, in the oven at 350 degrees F. It should take approximately 30 minutes for the bread to bake. Once it's finished baking, remove it from the oven and loaf pan as soon as possible. Set it on a cutting board and allow it to cool.
Tips & Warnings
- To add more excitement to your child's foods, you can use this method to add bright colors to dinner rolls or pizza dough as well.
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