Food + Recipes

How to Make Rainbow Bread

Make sandwiches and French toast exciting with this fun and festive Rainbow Bread!

Can you tell I love color? What a silly question—of course you can! So when I saw the Rainbow Bread trend making its (colorful) waves on social media, I knew I had to give it a try. I mean, who wouldn’t want to have colorful bread to make rainbow sandwiches and festive French toast breakfasts? I know I do! After trying my hand at it and posting my finished product on Instagram, you all were loving the Rainbow Bread, so I decided to write up a little tutorial on how to make it.

While this was my first attempt at making Rainbow Bread, I can say that I was ecstatic with how it turned out. To be honest, now I want to have Rainbow Bread at every meal. Ha! Once you try this recipe out for yourself, I know it’s going to become a classic, go-to recipe for you, too.

For this Rainbow Bread, I used my favorite dough recipe from Martha Stewart. I use this recipe for all of my bread/dough needs because it’s simple, easy, and delicious. Honestly, you can use your own go-to dough recipe or even the frozen ready-dough from the grocery store—both will work just fine! But if you can, I highly recommend using this recipe.

Here’s What You’ll Need for the Dough:

  • 2 envelopes of active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • Oil (either extra virgin or canola oil)
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Other Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • Food coloring
  • Butter

To begin making the dough, start by pouring 1.5 cups of warm water into a bowl, then sprinkle the yeast in and let it stand until it is foamy—about 5 minutes.

Next, whisk the sugar, oil, and salt into yeast mixture. Stir in the flour until a sticky dough forms, and transfer the dough to an oiled bowl and brush oil on top. Cover the dough and set aside in a warm, draft-free place to allow it to rise, about an hour.

Once the dough has doubled in size, remove it from the bowl and place it on a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough into equal sections depending on how many colors will be used. For this recipe, I cut the dough into 6 sections to create my rainbow.

Taking one section at a time, add the food coloring to the dough and gently knead the dough until the color is fully incorporated throughout the dough and you are satisfied with the color. For this recipe, I made: Pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

Once all the colors have been mixed, take each section and roll them out with a rolling pin individually. Once each section has been rolled out, layer each color upon the other. For this my Rainbow Bread, I layered mine as follows: Pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. After all of the rolled out colors are stacked upon one another, roll the dough once more so all of the color sections stick together.

Now, roll up the colored dough into one large loaf. Place in a greased loaf pan, and set aside to allow it to rise once more.

Once risen, brush the top with melted butter and bake in a 375 degree oven for about 30-35 minutes.

Once out of the oven, let it cool, then slice and enjoy! (I highly recommend serving it warm with some butter!)

I hope you enjoy this Rainbow Bread recipe as much as I did and that it brings a little fun and extra joy to your meal. You can find the full recipe below, and, as always, if you make this recipe, please share your pictures on social media and tag me!

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