Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Rainbow Bread

     After deciding on the theme for Kinley's birthday I wanted to incorporate it into the food as well.  I found this awesome recipe to make Rainbow Bread with I turned into Rainbow PB&J's for the kiddos! They looked amazing and tasted great! Everyone was so impressed with them!

Recipe from Rock UR Party.


4 (11oz) tubes of Pillsbury crusty French bread dough
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple gel food coloring
cooking spray
2 regular loaf pans
a little all purpose flour for sprinkling

How to make it:

Unwrap the bread dough and cut each into three equal lengths.
There should be 12 lengths total, 2 for each rainbow color.
Spray a plate lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
Take two lengths of dough and add about 1/2 tsp of gel food coloring.
It works best to smear it on the top of one length, place the other on top, then knead it in.
Knead about 30 times, pushing the dough with the heel of one hand, and pulling back, until the coloring is blended in.
(Note:the color won't be perfectly uniform, there will be flecks of white, and that's ok!)
Place the colored dough on the sprayed plate and set aside.
Wash your hands thoroughly and wipe the counter to avoid dye transfer to the next color. 
Repeat with remaining colors.
Sprinkle the countertop lightly with flour.
Starting with the red dough, sprinkle a tine bit of flour over the top and roll out to a long rectangle about 6 inches wide, 18 inches long and 3/4 of an inch thick, set aside.
Repeat with orange and set on top of the red dough.
Continue moving through the rainbow, with the yellow, green, blue, and purple dough, until they are all stacked in the correct color order.
Pat the stack out a little, to bind the layers.
Roll it up so it will fit nicely in your loaf pans, cut in half if you are using 2 pans.
Spray the loaf pans lightly with cooking spray.
Set the dough in the pans and cover with plastic wrap and a towel, set aside.
It won't do a full rise, but it will puff up a bit.
Unwrap the pans and bake for an 30-40 minutes, until the tops makes a tine "thump" when tapped, the loaf is a bit brown, and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a rack to allow to fully cool before cutting.
Slice up the bread and layer with your favorite sandwich toppings, or like what I did....Spread some peanut butter and a different flavor of jelly to represent the rainbow. (Red-Strawberry, Orange-Apricot, Yellow-Pineapple, Green-Green Apple, Blue-Blueberry, & Purple-Grape)  ENJOY!

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