Since the pandemic I’ve had a lot more time to cook and bake at home which has been really nice. After we moved I was busy unpacking and getting settled but I am finally getting back to that place where I have some extra time during the day. I’ve always enjoyed baking because baked goods never disappoint like home cooked meals often do for picky children.
In the past I’ve mostly stuck to quick breads, cookies and other types of desserts. I recently got the book Bread: https://amzn.to/35vwvPeMix, Knead, Bake — A Beginner’s Guide to Bread Making and it has inspired me to branch out a little!
The first recipe I tried was Cinnamon Swirl Bread. Since I’m used to making quick breads, I wasn’t quite prepared for the amount of time this recipe would take. I’m not much of a morning person so I got a bit of a late start. Most of the recipes in this book will take hours from start to finish. You have to let the dough rise for several hours and then rise again. I think it was around three hours before I finally got to roll the dough out.
Next, I spread warmed honey on it and sprinkled it with a cinnamon and sugar mixture. Then I rolled it up and cut it in half to make two loaves.
They had to rise yet again before baking! It was all worth it in the end and even though it felt like forever, the actual work wasn’t all that much. I think it felt longer for me because I kept busy with other kitchen work while the dough was rising so I was working in the kitchen most of the day.
The bread came out really well and my family LOVED it, especially my youngest daughter. She ate it all weekend and never got tired of it! As a bonus, I think I earned time towards my 30 minute exercise goal on my Apple Watch by kneading the bread! You have to knead it for a good 10 minutes or so and it works out your arms a little! I’m excited about trying other recipes from this book because it’s FULL of delicious sounding breads!
The book was designed for beginners which is great because that’s exactly what I am. There are 100 recipes for both sweet and savory recipes including buttermilk potato bread, Tuscan white hearth bread, pita bread, Italian ciabatta and so much more! The beginning of the book explains the process of bread making so you have a better understanding of why each step is necessary.
Gather up some yeast, bread flour and whatever else you need and try your hand at bread making with this awesome recipe book! The hardcover book is available on Amazon as well as a Kindle version.
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