Monday, November 24, 2014

Best Bread Recipe for Kitchen Dummies

Thanksgiving and the holidays are quickly approaching. This time of year brings discussions of celebrations complete with good food and good company,  As a result, I found myself getting into the baking spirit.  I began to look for easy bread recipes.  Historically, I have not been able to make bread that contains yeast with any success.  But I have found a recipe, of a bread containing yeast, that I am able to bake with reliable success.  I am thrilled about it and I will share that recipe with you in a just a minute. 

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. 


Photo by Cynthia Sylvestermouse
Sylvestermouse shared her banana bread recipe with me. I am excited to add this recipe to my baking successes. With the exception of having bananas most of the time, not all of the time, I always have the necessary ingredients in my kitchen. I can almost smell the banana bread baking now. 


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.  

Photo by Dawn Rae
One Thing that has been indispensable when it comes to baking my Irish soda bread has been this amazing bread pan.  I had experimented with baking the soda bread in the traditional round loaf, in a little bread pan, and then finally in this loaf pan.  I love the pan.  And if you bake bread, you may end up loving this pan too. 

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: 



Written by Dawn Rae
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10 comments:

  1. I often make homemade zucchini bread with great success as well as banana-nut bread. I will have to try the peasant bread, too. Nothing beats fresh out of the oven home-baked bread!

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    1. I agree. And the peasant bread is easy and doesn't take long to make. You'll have to let me know if and when you try it.

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  2. I love making homemade quick breads, breads like banana nut, cranberry and blueberry. Your amazing bread pan looks really interesting.

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    1. I LOVE that bread pan. I'm a little worried that the peasant bread recipe is too "wet" to use that pan, but you can bet I'll try it soon.

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  3. My family loves homemade bread and their favorite bread is the Banana Bread recipe you featured. Thank you for including my bread recipe. It truly is a very easy recipe for anyone to bake. I will have to try the other recipes you have featured and I want that bread pan now.

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    1. That bread pan is amazing! You'll have to let me know if you try it.

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  4. I love baking and eating any type of bread or other baked goods. Great collection of easy bread recipes - thanks!

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    1. You are welcome! Thank you for visiting.

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  5. Bread is my favorite food of all time - you know the old expression 'live on bread & water' -- well I could! And nothing beats 'homemade bread', so these recipes you've featured are perfect for me. :)

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