• Thursday 25 July 2019

    5 of the best bread recipes

    Home-baked bread can be much tastier and more nutritious than shop bought bread as you can personalize it to your own tastes and needs. On top of that, baking bread at home can be so enjoyable and satisfying. Biting into a slice of fresh-baked and warm homemade bread is a pleasure that money cannot buy! 

    It's perfectly normal to be a bit apprehensive about baking your own bread if you've never done it before. Learning the baking process from scratch can seem like so much effort. However, with just a little planning, it can easily become a part of your weekly routine, and nowhere near as much hard work as you may think. The following bread making recipes would help you indulge in the baking process. 

    1. Divine homemade bread sticks
    This form of bread is effortlessly quick to prepare. These divine homemade bread sticks usually prove that making yeast dough from scratch is quite easy. The outcome of this recipe is delicious bread sticks in under an hour. Moreover, because these bread sticks can be prepared in less than an hour, your guests would love them. Quite interestingly, you can serve the divine bread sticks with a slowly-cooked lasagne. These bread sticks are so yummy that they have the ability to make your dinner utterly delicious.

    The dough of these bread is quite easy to prepare. This is what you put on the top of the breads, which make them stand out. You can brush it with a tinge of butter. This would make the bread taste better. Moreover, the addition of the butter gives the bottom crust a golden texture. The main ingredients that are needed are:

    - One tablespoon of instant yeast
    - Two tablespoons of sugar
    - One teaspoon of salt
    - 5 to 6 cups of flour

    Directions in preparing divine bread sticks:

    - Mix water, yeast, salt and a single cup of flour in an electric stand mixer which is fitted with a dough hook.
    -You can let the dough stay in the bowl for ten minutes.
    - Continue adding flour until the dough clears.
    - Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spread the melted butter.
    - Place the dough on a long and greased counter top and slice it by an inch.
    - You can twist each trip slightly and place the dough 0.5 inches apart on the baking sheet.
    - Let it rise for 20 minutes. Bake it for 15 minutes and serve with on the food trays with melted cheese on the top.

    2. Sandwich Bread

    It is perhaps one of the only bread whose dough can comprise of whole grains. Fantastic to eat and rich in nutritional value, this variety of bread is loved by both, your guests and kids. On the other hand, it is also quite easy to prepare. So, let's head straight out to the ingredients that are needed to make the sandwich bread. 

    - Bleached flour measuring about 7 to 8 cups
    - Two tablespoons of salt
    - One tablespoon of yeast
    - Butter for topping the loaves
    - 1 cup of neutral flavored oil


    - Combine three cups of the flour along with sugar, yeast and flour. Make sure that you have an electric stand mixer fitted with the dough hook
    - Consider adding water and oil. This mixture would be thinner than the dough
    - Cover the bowl and leave it in a resting position
    - Knead the dough for at least two minutes until it is smooth
    - Punch the dough and divide into two parts
    - Bake the bread for about half an hour and serve with hot melted cheese or butter

    3. Homemade French bread

    French bread is one of the most favourite items right out there in the world of loaves. Quite importantly, you can include this variety of bread in your breakfast as well as dinner regime. This homemade French bread usually makes use of a large number of nutrients. So, let’s go straight to the ingredients and direction part.

    - 3 cups of warm water
    - Two tablespoons of sugar
    - Four tablespoons of salt
    - 6 cups of bleached flour


    - Combine sugar, water and yeast in an electric mixer
    - Add oil, salt and a little amount of cheese to 4 cups of flour. The dough should not stick to the sides of the bowl
    - Leave the dough in the mixer and cover with a towel or lid. Stir it down by turning on the blender for 10 seconds
    - Place the baking sheet in the hot oven and immediately place 4 to 5 ice cubes on the bottom of the oven
    - Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes so that it becomes crispy. 

    4. Crusty bread

    This is the bread recipe that can alter your taste buds. It is one of the most delicious forms of bread that can be made at home. It’s like a perfect loaf of bread which one would get while baking at home.

    - 3 cups of warm water
    - Half tablespoon of yeast
    - 7 cups of all-purpose flour
    - Dusting flour


    - Take a large bowl and mix salt and yeast in 3 cups of proportion. Stir the flour until there is a complete absence of dry patches
    - Let the dough rest for 40 minutes at room temperature
    - After the resting period of the dough is over, slash the top of it with a knife for three times
    - Bake the bread until it gets browned

    5. Flaky bread for dinner

    It needs no mixture and kneading and hence is one of the purest forms of baking. Let's have a look at the ingredients required as well as the directions.

    - Around three tablespoons of melted butter
    - Dried herbs and grated Parmesan Cheese
    - One large egg
    - Melted butter for brushing the dough


    - Blend water, egg and flour in a large-sized bowl
    - Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough
    - When ready to make rolls, you can opt to divide the chilled dough for a minimum period of four hours
    - Cut the circle into eight equal pieces. Serve with melted cheese as its toppings

    Hence, making varieties of bread is as easy as it gets. The nutritional value of homemade slices of bread is also quite high, which ensures that all your family members stay nourished. Besides that, it is also an excellent alternative to serve to your guests. All the bread mentioned above recipes can be served to your guests for dinner or lunch.

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