Super Easy Whole Grain French Bread – Cooking with Kids Recipe

Super Easy Whole Grain French Bread - by Little Spoons & Spice
Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh baked bread? Aside from smelling amazing, this bread is delicious.  This just might be the perfect bread recipe!

There is minimal proofing and kneading.  The bread machine does most of the hard work and the oven does the rest with the staggered cooking times.  We don’t spend much time in the kitchen with this recipe.

Kids love the measuring and the fun little tasks.  My kids love kneading dough because it reminds them of playdough.  Unfortunately for them, there isn’t much kneading with this recipe (which mom likes, of course).  Added bonus: the bread machine is pretty darn entertaining to watch too.

For those of you who don’t like a whole grain flavor, don’t get scared off just yet.  Make sure to use white whole wheat flour, instead of regular whole wheat flour, which gives it a pretty mild flavor.  We made this many times with a bunch of tweaks to get it just right.  We think it’s perfect… or at least it’s pretty close. Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

OK, let’s get started.  Here’s a list of supplies you’ll need:

  • Bread machine
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Basting brush
  • Fork/bowl for whisking egg
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Cooling rack
  • Knife
  • Cutting board


Every child’s ability varies depending on maturity or cognitive and physical ability.  Parents need to use their own discretion when assigning tasks.  These are general guidelines for the Super Easy Whole Grain French Bread.

Younger than 3 years old

  • Name and count ingredients with child
  • Help pour ingredients into bowl
  • Push button on bread machine

3 – 5 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Measure and count ingredients
  • Cut dough in half, with assistance using a kid friendly knife
  • Brush dough with egg wash using a basting brush

6 – 7 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Form dough with assistance (see directions below)
  • Crack egg into bowl and whisk

8 – 9 years old

  • All of the younger tasks

10 – 12 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Use oven to bake bread


  • Wash everyone’s hands!
  • Clean all work surfaces before starting.
  • Leave tasting until the end. Your child might not understand the difference between a ready-to-eat ingredient and a raw unsafe ingredient.
  • It is okay for your kitchen to get a little messy.
  • Keep in mind that your child is learning, so patience is key!

Super Easy Whole Grain French Bread - by Little Spoons & Spice

Super Easy Whole Grain French Bread - by Little Spoons & Spice

Super Easy Whole Grain French Bread

Prep Time1 hr 45 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 2 loaves (approx 24 slices)
Calories: 111kcal
Author: Stacey Weichelt, RDN, CD


  • 2 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 ¾ cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 ½ cups bread flour
  • 1 egg beaten (used to coat loaves before baking)


  • Combine the warm water, sugar and yeast together and let sit for 5 minutes in bread machine bowl.
  • Add all remaining ingredients except egg into the bread machine bowl. Turn bread machine to dough setting and hit start. This takes approximately 1 ½ hours.
  • When dough setting is complete, remove dough from bowl and cut into two equal pieces. Let dough rest for a few minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 170℉.
  • Flatten and shape dough into rectangle using your hands. Roll the dough up lengthwise (will shape like a long cylinder), then fold the end seams under.
  • Place dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet with seam side down. Cut 4-5 angled ½ inch deep slit into the top of each loaf.
  • Brush both loaves with egg wash using a basting brush. Be sure to evenly coat the entire loaf surface of each loaf, except the bottom.
  • Place loaves in a 170℉ for 15 minutes.
  • While the loaves are in the oven, turn oven up to 400℉. Keep in oven for 15-20 more minutes or until the tops has reached a nice golden color.
  • Turn oven down to 350℉ and bake for 10 more minutes.
  • Cool loaves on cooling rack.


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