Rainbow Bread Recipe

This is a lovely idea. Why not bake with your children in memory of their pet.


· 1cup milk plus 1 egg yolk (make to 1 cup in total)

· 3cups bread flour

· 2 1/2tablespoons granulated sugar

· 2 1/4teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast

· 1 1/2tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

· 2teaspoons salt

· Red, yellow, green and blue food colouring (or colourings of your choice)


1. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, whisk milk and egg yolk together and microwave 30 seconds. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar and yeast.

3. Add milk mixture, butter and salt and stir to combine. Then knead dough on a lightly floured surface until it comes together, is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes by hand.

4. Divide dough into 5 equal pieces; place each piece separately in a small bowl and cover with a tea towel.

5. Remove one piece from a bowl and place it on a plastic cutting board (or any surface you're willing to cover with food colouring). Add several drops of food colouring (I'd start with 10 drops and keep adding as you go). Using gloves to prevent your hands from getting dyed begin to knead the food colouring into the dough, adding more food colouring until it is fully mixed in to the dough. This takes some time.

6. Shape dough into a ball and return to its bowl. Repeat with remaining pieces of dough, dying each a different colour (red + blue makes purple), being sure to wash your hands/gloves and your work surface between each colour.

7. Cover bowls with a tea towel or plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

8. When dough is raised, punch down dough. Remove red dough and roll out on a lightly floured surface into an 8-by-4-inch rectangle. Roll out yellow piece of dough into an 8-by-4-inch rectangle and place directly on top of red dough. Repeat with green, then blue, then purple dough’s until you have a stack of 8-by-4-inch rectangles.

9. Roll up dough tightly from the short end into a loaf. Place loaf in a lightly greased 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Cover with a tea towel or plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

10. Heat oven to 190°C. Uncover dough and bake until browned on top - about 30 minutes.

11. Remove loaf from pan and cool completely on a cooling rack before slicing.

12. Use as you would regular bread.

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