Today’s Rainbow Bread recipe is inspired by the Rainbow Grilled Cheese served at Disney World’s Contemporary Resort!
Rainbow Wonder Bread Recipe
Ella and I stayed at Disney’s Contemporary Resort a couple years ago during a conference I was attending.
For the majority of the sessions, I was able to bring her or trade off with other moms who had brought their kids along (because we would have all felt guilty going to a conference at Disneyworld without our kids) but a couple of times I had to hire a babysitting service to watch her for a few hours.
The babysitting service wasn’t allowed to take her out of the hotel room, but they brought lots of craft kits and there was room service available.
When Ella’s rainbow grilled cheese arrived, she was so excited that I received no fewer than 10 texts filled with pictures of the bright rainbow bread and requests to make rainbow bread as soon as we got home from our trip. It took a couple of attempts but I’m super excited at how this rainbow bread turned out!
This recipe was super easy to make and it tastes just like regular sandwich bread! If you’d prefer to use natural food coloring you can, but I do find that my natural food coloring doesn’t make the colors quite as vibrant after making (red is usually maroon-ish, etc) I am continuing to experiment with natural food dyes and will update this post when I find a good brand!
This is such a fun recipe for a rainbow party or some rainbow-themed lunch boxes.
Now, I just layered the different colors of dough for this rainbow effect but you can also make a rainbow swirl bread by rolling out the bread, layering it together and then rolling it into a loaf shape.
This bread can also be frozen, so it would be fun to make a double batch, cut and freeze one loaf and then surprise the kids every once in awhile with a couple slices of rainbow bread.
Rainbow Wonder Bread Ingredients
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg yolk
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons salt
- Food dye (red, yellow and blue)
Tip: if you’re not sure of the freshness of your yeast, stir a small amount into some warm water along with some sugar and let it set for 5 minutes. If it doesn’t froth up, you need new yeast.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing bowl
- 5 medium-sized bowls
- Electric mixer
- Wooden spoon
- 9″ x 5″ Loaf pan
How to Make Rainbow Bread
Grease 5 medium-sized bowls and set aside.
In a small, microwave-safe bowl, whisk together the milk and egg yolk. Microwave 30 seconds, and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and yeast. Add the milk mixture, as well as the butter and salt and stir to combine.
Using a dough hook on a stand mixer, or just your hands, knead the dough (5 minutes with a mixer, 10 minutes by hand) until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Divide the dough into 5 equal portions.
Working with one ball of dough at a time, dye each ball into one color of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Add 5-10 drops of food coloring, knead until fully dyed and then place the dyed ball of dough in it’s own individual, greased bowl. Repeat with all of the dough.
Cover the bowls with a tea towel and let rise for 2 hours.
Grease a loaf pan and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
The dough should be at least doubled in size when the tea towel is removed. Punch the dough down and then remove from the bowl and place in the prepared loaf pan. Cover with tea towel and allow to double for a second time, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375ºF
Remove the tea towel and bake the bread for 30 minutes, until slightly browning on top and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Cool completely before slicing.
Grab your free printable for our rainbow sandwich bread recipe:
This rainbow sandwich bread is such a fun lunch box surprise for the kids! It would be perfect for St Patrick’s Day or a Rainbow party.