Harvest Bread: a recipe for children

I was looking around online the other day to find something uniquely Canadian to post about Thanksgiving. Since Canadian Thanksgiving is actually a celebration of harvest and has nothing to do with pilgrims and the new world, what I found referenced over and over again was Harvest Bread.

Looking up harvest bread recipes, I came across this site. It’s all about fun and games for kids. I love that it has recipes kids can enjoy creating, including this awesome project especially for today’s Thanksgiving celebration.

harvestbreadHarvest Bread


300 g or 12 oz flour, preferably fresh ground whole wheat
pinch of Kosher or sea salt
½ sachet quick-action dried yeast (3.5 grams)
1 tablespoon vegetable or sunflower oil
210 ml or 3/8 pint warm water

1 egg
¼ teaspoon water


Measuring cups/spoons
baking sheet
pastry brush


Separate egg – use only the white for the glaze. Use a fork to mix with the water to create a glaze.

Set your oven at 425° degrees F/220° degrees C.


Sift the flour and add the yeast and salt. Make a well in the centre and pour the warm water and oil into the centre. Mix into a firm dough, adding a little more water or flour if the consistency is too dry or sticky. Place the dough onto a floured surface and have some fun kneading it for 5 minutes.
Now we can make either a plait or a wheatsheaf. Refer to the pictures below for instructions.

Easy Thanksgiving plait bread


The wheatsheaf, a symbol of a successful harvest for Thanksgiving.

Once you have finished your design brush it with the egg yolk glaze.

Get mom or dad to carefully place your bread onto a greased baking tray and bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.

Tap the bread to see if it sounds hollow – this way you’ll know that it’s properly cooked!

Cool on a wire tray.


1 small loaf

High in selenium
High in thiamin
Low in saturated fat
Low in sodium
Very low in sugar

You can use these directions with any bread recipe to create these fun designs.

Double, triple, quadruple the recipe for all the children gathered to celebrate the holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I would love to hear any feedback about this recipe.  Did you make it?  Did you enjoy it?  Did you make any adjustments to it?


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