Nothing compares to fresh baked bread and the joy of baking it with family.


The perfect bread with the perfect special touch!
5 from 2 votes

Hearth Bread Recipe with Rainbow Sprinkles

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Nothing compares to fresh baked bread and the joy of baking it with family.


  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast or 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 2 cups lukewarm water not over 110°F
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 6 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles for top


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water that is between 105 and 115 degrees.
  • Add the sugar, salt, and 3 cups flour. Beat by hand until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. (You can also do this in a stand mixer with dough attachment)
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough in half. Shape each into a loaf.
  • Place in two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Brush top with warm water and sprinkle rainbow sprinkles over top.
  • Place bowl in a warm dry place (uncovered) and let rise until doubled, about 30-45 minutes.
  • Bake loaves at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

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The perfect bread with the perfect special touch!

My mother-in-law started baking bread with the kids as soon as they were old enough to stand by her side. They loved it… getting their hands into the dough and being a part of creating something so delicious.

The perfect bread with the perfect special touch!

I love that she brought that tradition to the family.

As a family of seven, we go through 1-2 loaves a day, and I want desperately to be that mom that creates bread from scratch, with love, and with wholesome ingredients. For years now I have been saying how I want to bake fresh bread daily.

The perfect bread with the perfect special touch!

I want to almost see their brains comprehending what happens when we take flour, yeast, water and stir it together.

I want my kids to wake up to the fresh baked smell and for it to be a sense of comfort that will linger in their hearts well into their adulthood.

To relish in taking the time to carve slices for them, and collectively smile as the warm air finally escapes as we cut into it. I can just see their eyes light up as butter is generously smeared over each slice.

I can’t help but hope they will turn to dough as a form of therapy. They will punch and knead out frustrations and angst.

They will appreciate the time and effort it takes to create a beautiful loaf of bread and never settle.

In grains or in life.

The perfect bread with the perfect special touch!

But life gets in the way. I have deadlines and duties and so many other things going on and sometimes it is just easier to pick up pre-cut bread at the store and let them fend for themselves.

‘Life getting in the way’ is an excuse that just will not fly today.

I gathered up those babies and we baked.

And laughed. And decided that the only thing better than fresh baked bread was fresh baked bread with sprinkles.

The perfect bread with the perfect special touch!

Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour.

The perfect bread with the perfect special touch!

This bread was just perfect. Perfectly baked and perfectly delicious.

Rainbow Sprinkles Bread

We, of course, loved it with butter and honey, but it is so delicious it really can be eaten on its own.

Rainbow Sprinkles Bread

I am going to be very intentional and carve out at least 1 day a week for us to bake bread together. It won’t always have sprinkles, but it will always bring us closer and remind me what this life is all about.

Living. Laughter. Love.

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Reader Comments

  1. Beautiful story. Some of my fondest memories growing up were being in the kitchen with my grandmother – memories I deeply cherish today. We would frequently bake salt dough pies and cakes and then have them to play house with. Love seeing your babies in the kitchen! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Sweet, sweet bread tradition! I love the picture of those little hands kneading the dough, and I love that you let your children help you make the bread. Keep making those memories!!!

  3. I learned to bake at my Mum & Granny’s side. I in turn did the same with my daughters, I’m so blessed to see them share the tradition with their sons and my only granddaughter! I love baking and cooking with my daughters & grandkids, such a blessing and oh so much fun! Teaching children all they can make with their hands and imagination. They will never go hungry!! Thank you for the precious memories

  4. This is such an awesome and easy recipe to do with kids! After the first rise, I rolled out the dough and let my daughter sprinkle cinnamon, dried fruit, and sprinkles on top like you would top a pizza. I rolled it up like you would a burrito to make a spiral design visible when cut open after baking. It turned out great!

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