Thursday, April 15, 2010

Things I Love Thursday: Homemade Bread

I know that not everyone has a ton of time on their hands to make their own bread, but it is so easy, and SO worth it! For a little extra effort (and honestly, not that much effort) you can have a loaf that tastes better than store-bought for about 1/10th the price. Check out this puppy, a loaf of sourdough that I've had on the go since last Tuesday (it's made with wild yeast, so it takes a lot longer than traditional bread) and baked last night. YUM! Honestly there's nothing better for breakfast than slicing into a warm loaf of bread you made with your own two hands. My other two favorite loaves to make are a traditional white loaf and an easy Irish soda bread*, which can be ready in 45 minutes, just in time for breakfast. Both are excellent with strawberry jam!

* I couldn't find the recipe for the soda bread online, so here it is: 400 g plain yogurt, 500 g flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt. Mix all the ingredients together and knead a little until the dough comes together (it will be very sticky) and shape into a ball. Transfer the ball to a greased baking tray and cut a deep X into the top with a sharp knife. Bake in a hot (450 F) oven for 45 minutes. Eat warm with cold butter and lots of jam!

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