Bread In A Bag

Every Wednesday it is my great pleasure to spend an hour with some wild and crazy 8 year old boys. Seriously-they are nuts! But we manage to have fun without much blood being spilled. These crazy boy scouts made bread last week, and before you think I have lost my mind, it was actually fun and fairly easy. And we made it in a bag to contain the mess...sort of.
When the flour was dusted off their scout badges, they had some beautiful loaves of bread. I thought I'd share the recipe here in case anyone else has the pleasure of an afternnon with 10 crazy boys.

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Bread In A Bag
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 pkg (2 1/4 tsp) Rapid Rise yeast
3 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp nonfat dry milk
1 tsp salt
1 cup hot water
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1.Combine 1 cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar, dry milk, and salt in a one gallon heavy duty freezer bag with a zipper lock. Squeeze upper part of bag to force out air. Shake and work bag with fingers to blend ingredients.

2.Add hot water and oil to dry ingredients. Reseal bag and mix together.
3.Add another 1 cup of flour, reseal bag and continue mixing. Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a stiff dough that pulls away from the sides of the bag.

4.On a floured surface, knead dough 2-4 minutes, until smooth and elastic. 
5.Cover dough and let rest 10 minutes. Shape dough into a loaf shape and tuck ends under. Place in an oiled loaf pan. Let rise until doubled in size (30 minutes). Bake 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

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