First, I want to begin with why I love homemade bread. My mom sometimes made breads such as banana nut bread and zucchini bread. As a child, I could help make those types of delicious breads. I haven't made a loaf of banana bread in decades and have recently asked around for a good recipe.
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I also spent part of my childhood raised with Amish folks, farmers, and other women who baked their own breads. Bread recipes that called for yeast. Since I was not able to get my breads to rise properly, I look for an alternative. I have been baking wheat Irish soda bread for some time now. The recipe does not call for yeast, which is why I've been able to bake it successfully. We love this full-bodied, whole grain, dense bread. I make long loaves in this amazing bread pan and we partner our soda bread with soups. I don't end up baking this wheat Irish soda bread often enough and the Mister ends up asking me to bake some more.
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Now, I will tell you about this amazing white bread, with yeast, recipe that even I can bake. Alexandra describes it as the easiest bread you will ever bake. She is not exaggerating. She gives step-by-step instructions for every bit of the yeast-proofing and bread baking. There are videos and photographs, but even without the videos, she describes the process in a way that made perfect sense to me. I made her mother's peasant bread in the round bowls a few times before switching to a small square baking dish that worked beautifully too. I have not yet baked it in my amazing loaf pan, but you can bet I'll try that soon.
Since I found Alexandra's mother's peasant bread recipe, we have not been without homemade bread in the house.
As I said, Alexandra's tutorial about baking peasant bread comes complete with photographs and videos. So, in case there is any doubt that you should also try baking this bread, I will leave you with this tempting video: