Posted by: cyncas | October 14, 2009

Experiment of the Growing Dough!!!

Today the Junior 1C classroom had an experiment.  The children were very excited to experiment with that yukky smelly yeast.  Their eyes wide ready to absorb everything that was going on……  The question going round was: But how will that yukky smelly thing make the dough grow????  Some did not believe it until they saw with their own eyes.

Please find the experiment below if you would like to try it out at home.  You can use this dough to make pizza bases or small bread buns.  Enjoy experimenting. 🙂

Ingredients used:  250gr plain flour, pinch of table salt, teaspoon of sugar, packet of dried baker’s yeast, 3/4 glass warm water.

Method:  In a glass put in warm water and sugar, dissolve.  Sprinkle the yeast and leave to rest for a few minutes (best if left for 15 min.)  Children were too impatient to wait that long :-).

In a bowl mix in the flour and salt, make a hole in the middle and pour in the yeast mixture.  Mix into a dough.  Knead the dough gently on a floured surface or in the bowl.  Cover and leave to rest at room temperature.    If used for cooking, best results of growing are obtained by allowing dough to rise overnight at room temperature or 24 hours in refrigerator.   If used for bread one can add raisins in the dough to make sweet bread or chopped apple.  If using for pizza herbs can be added to the dough to give flavour.

 Obviously with 250gr of flour you will not get a big pizza.  We used that quantity as it is only experimental.  I hope that in the morning we will not find the room flooded by our Growing Dough 🙂

Keep scrolling down and watch the children experimenting.



  1. Hello Ms Cynthia,

    This afternoon I made the experiment again with mummy. You should have seen her when the yeast grew and almost poured out of the glass! Now I’m waiting for the dough to grow. See you tomorrow.

    Good night xxxx Sleep tightxxxxxxx

    • Well done Francesca, now you are a scientist as well. Keep it up!!! Good nite xxx

  2. Hello Ms.Cyncas,
    I really enjoyed looking at the photos its great to know what Nadege is up to as she does not tell me alot when I ask, but as I see and read about what you are doing in class I ask her and she remembers and tells me all about it. Today she enjoyed her self doing pizza it was yummmmy! And about the experiment of the yeast she told me that she didn’t want to smell it as it was yukky 🙂
    Nadege is looking forward for the show and tell as she is preparing something.
    Thanks alot and keep up the good work.
    Dorianne Sammut

    • It is true, so many children shut off what happens in class. This blog is a very useful tool and parents can keep abreast with what is actually happening in class. Enjoy your preparations Nadege and look forward to seeing your creation on Monday. Good nite xxxx

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