Of all the incredible aromas that can overtake your senses – it is hard to top the smell of homemade bread baking in the oven.
The entire process of making bread can be simply be described as amazing. From the smell and feel of the dough – to the intoxicating aroma of homemade bread baking in the oven or cooling on a rack – to the explosion of flavor in your mouth upon tasting – it’s an experience all to its own.
The best part of all, making your own bread doesn’t have to take up hours of your day.
In fact, the Artisan bread recipe below takes about 5 minutes to prepare – and the whole wheat, Irish soda bread and homemade biscuits can be prepared and on the table before you know it.
If like us, you are trying to eliminate or cut down drastically on preservatives in your diet – you need to look no further than store-bought breads as a prime target. That goes without mentioning the unhealthy amounts of sugar and salt that can be found in commercial breads as well.
Let’s face it – the bread in stores that is so perfectly sliced and uniform wasn’t made that way for its great taste! It is made that way because it’s cheap to create and has a long shelf life thanks to a healthy dose of preservatives.
We had to laugh this past summer when one of our kids, getting into the cupboard for bread noticed a little mold forming on one of the last few pieces of a loaf and asked – “Why does this bread turn green so much quicker?!”
Well, the answer of course – it’s not laden with crazy amounts of artificial preservatives – an acceptable sacrifice to the unhealthy alternative!
Besides – quite honestly – it’s rare that homemade bread ever lasts long enough to get to that point!
So here are our 6 Go-To Recipes for Homemade Breads in our house – and a great way to knock-out preservatives in your diet!
Homemade Bread Recipes:
Artisan Bread – (see: Artisan Bread Recipe)
This is a great everyday go-to bread recipe! In about 5 to 10 minutes, by simply mixing together 6 simple ingredients – you are on your way to creating fresh artisan bread that not only tastes amazing – but has ZERO preservatives! No need for kneading – no need for a fancy bread machine – just mix it up, give it about an hour to proof – pop it in the oven and you’re a bread maker!
Whole Wheat Bread – (see : Whole Grain Wheat Bread Recipe)
This recipe uses 100% whole wheat flour and of course, no preservatives – and tastes delicious!
When you buy whole wheat, whole grain, or even 9 grain bread, you believe that is what you are eating, right? Well guess what…..the majority of breads sold in grocery stores and served in restaurants are actually white bread with less than 2% whole wheat flour. It is astonishing to find out that they allowed to market it as whole wheat bread, when the main ingredient is white flour – but with this bread – you know exactly what you are getting!
Irish Soda Bread – (see: Irish Soda Bread Recipe)
Hands down, this is the best bread for dipping in soups and stews, and a delicious breakfast bread with your favorite jelly or jam. With less than an hour from start to finish, it is no wonder why it is the ‘go to’ bread in Ireland. The best part about making this bread – it takes only 5 minutes to prepare! There are only 5 ingredients, and they can easily be adapted to make it vegan friendly or to accommodate milk allergies
Homemade Biscuits – (see: Easy Biscuit Recipe)
For as long as it takes you to drive to the store and then to bake them, it is much faster, not to mention healthier to make your own biscuits. It really is simple to do – and in just about 20 minutes you have fresh-baked biscuits on your table. Not to mention they melt in your mouth!
Homemade Flour Tortillas – (see: Tortilla Recipe)
Although it does take a little time to make your own tortillas, but it is well worth the wait! Once you eat them fresh, you will never want to buy those plastic wrapped, processed, never expiring, tortillas that you find at every supermarket.
Banana Bread With A Cinnamon Surprise – (see: Banana Bread Recipe)
We have tried several different ways to make banana bread, and this is by far our favorite. The addition of yogurt not only provides extra moisture in the dough, but the sweetness of it also lowers the amount of sugar necessary as compared to traditional recipes. And of course, if you add the optional glaze – it makes a great dessert bread (although of course, not as healthy 🙂 )
Happy Bread Baking! Jim and Mary