November 17 is National Bread Day. With cooler weather ahead and the holiday season upon us, now’s the perfect time to bake a yummy loaf. Your kitchen will smell delicious and you won’t be able to help taking a break to enjoy a warm slice from the oven. Sourdough? Organic whole wheat? Ooey gooey chocolate chip banana? So many loaves to love!
Is it Worth the Effort?
Yes! Baking your own bread has so many benefits. You can make it healthier, tastier, and cheaper than much of what you’ll find at the market. You can modify many recipes to increase fiber by using whole grain flours or fruit, and increase protein by adding nuts and seeds. If you’re on a gluten-free diet, don’t worry; delicious recipes abound that use rice, almond, oat, and coconut flour, just to name a few.
Quick Bread vs. Yeast Bread
Quick breads use leavening agents such as baking powder or soda instead of yeast. Since you don’t have downtime waiting for dough to rise, these breads truly are quick to make. Quick breads also tend to stay fresh longer and freeze well.
Yeast breads need a bit more time and attention. It’s important to use the right flour and proper temperature for dough to rise. If you don’t have the time to put in the extra effort, invest in a good bread machine. With minimal effort, you’ll be baking bread as good as your downtown boulangerie.
Share the Love
Bread makes a wonderful gift. Choose recipes that stay moist and fresh for several days without refrigeration. You can extend the yield of your recipe by using metal or foil mini loaf pans. Plan to bake ahead of the holiday rush and freeze for later use. When ready to wrap and share, think beyond basic plastic wrap, foil, or parchment.
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