What is it about really good bread that satisfies your body, mind & soul? You know what I mean - those beautiful artisan style breads that when you gently tap on the crisp outer crust you can hear the reverberation of the soft, fluffy holes that meander throughout the bread. Ahh - makes me want to run to the local bakery instead of finishing this post!
Just kidding! I've tried to make bread and every once in a while, I get it right. It is so satisfying when you nail it. I mostly bake yeast breads and have not yet tried my hand at a sourdough starter. One day - when life is not so busy and I have some time to devote to the starter.
We rarely have bread in our house these days. For lunch, I mostly cook whole grains and vegetables for me; lean proteins and veggies for my life partner. Sandwiches with store bought bread have gone the wayside in order to maintain a healthier lifestyle. So when I see really good bread at a dinner party or a restaurant, I allow myself to indulge. After all, what is life without a little indulgence?
Below are some great recipes for baking bread. I specifically choose recipes that aren't too time consuming (outside of letting yeast rise) or difficult so novice bakers (like myself) can be successful. If you try any of the below, let me know what you thought! Follow my blog on Bloglovin.
Here is a true artisan bread recipe that really is very easy from Leite's Culinaria. The instructions state to make the dough and then after it rises, place it in the fridge at least overnight to make it less sticky. However, the dough can stay in the refrigerator for up to 14 days before baking it. You will need a baking stone for this recipe. Click here for the recipe.
Easy homemade french bread by Mel's Kitchen Cafe! I am so excited to find this recipe and can't wait to try it. Who doesn't love a long baguette of bread? Great to pair with cheese or dunk into homemade soup. The ingredients are basic and you probably already have everything you need in the pantry (except for the yeast). Click here for the recipe.
Gluten-free french bread! I can't write a post about great bread without including a gluten-free recipe. Thanks to the Gluten-free Homemaker for a french bread recipe. You will have to make sure you have the unique ingredients necessary for gluten-free baking but if you are living gluten-free you probably already have the products in the pantry. Click here for the recipe.
Rye bread happens to be a favorite of mine. I love it's tart, tangy flavor and how it crisps up when toasted. I've never tried to make rye bread but this recipe from The Stay at Home Chef is inspiring me to try it. The method seems pretty basic for bread making. Again, a baking stone is necessary. Click here for the recipe.
Focaccia! YUM! I love a good focaccia with seasoning on it. Nothing better than dipping it in olive oil or smearing roasted garlic on it. This recipe from Inspired Taste even has tips for freezing the bread. I love that! So I can defrost when I need something quick. Click here for the recipe.
I hope this post has inspired you to get into the kitchen and make some awesome bread. I know I can't wait to! If you try any of the above, please let me know what you think! Happy Eating!