3 Simple Ways To Enjoy Fresh Out the Oven, Homemade Bread

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Have you ever walked into a bakery and inhaled the scent of baking bread? There’s nothing in the world like it. You can have that same scent in your home whenever you want if you learn how to make bread at home. Even better, there are plenty of health benefits that come with making your own bread.

By making your own bread at home, you can tailor it to fit your family’s tastes and health needs. Learn more about the benefits of baking bread at home and find a recipe to try with your family.

Benefits of Making Homemade Bread

Why do you want to bring fresh bread into your home? If you need to justify the time and work it takes to bake bread, keep these benefits in mind:

  • High-quality ingredients: When you make your own food, you know everything that goes into it. You can source ingredients from local farmers and producers to get the highest quality ingredients possible. If you choose, you can even grind your own flour.

  • Lower sodium levels: To make up for inferior ingredients and long shelf storage times, many bread manufacturers pack their bread full of salt. If you bake your own bread and plan on eating it right away, you can reduce your sodium levels.
  • Free of preservatives: Say goodbye to questionable preservatives that are part of the deal when you buy store bread. Stick to fresh ingredients that nourish your family.
  • Higher whole grain levels: It’s important to get enough whole grains in your diet, but most store-bought breads do not utilize whole grains. Since you can choose your own flour as an at-home baker, you can make sure your family get plenty of whole grains.

Great Recipes for Homemade Bread

Not sure where to start? Try one of these popular, simple recipes to start building your baking skills. A bread machine is needed.

White Sandwich Bread

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of stevia powdered extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup melted, raw butter
  • 1 egg + enough warm water to total 1 1/3 cups

Following the order of ingredients listed on your bread machine, add the ingredients listed above. Set it to a white bake cycle and choose the type of crust you want. If you want buns instead of a loaf of bread, take the dough out after the second rise cycle, shape the buns, and bake them.

French Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups of warm water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of stevia powdered extract
  • 1 tablespoon of instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt
  • 3 1/2 cups coconut flour

Add the ingredients in the order listed to your bread machine and set it to a dough cycle. After the dough has been created, shape it into a loaf and cut slits on the top to look like French bread. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

Sourdough Bread

With a sourdough starter, you can have fresh bread whenever you want it. Begin with 2 1/3 cups of a sourdough starter, which you may have from an old loaf of bread or from a baking shop. Add the following ingredients:

Ingredients

  • 3 1/3 cups coconut flour
  • 1 cup water
  • a pinch of pink Himalayan salt

Let the dough rise for four hours and sharp it. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 to 60 minutes.

Start giving your family the gift of fresh, homemade bread. Try one of these simple recipes and then start moving on to more advanced recipes.


Sources:

http://www.healthyfoodteam.com/13-homemade-bread-recipes-never-buy-bread-again/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/344384-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-baking-your-own-bread/

http://blog.onlygrainmills.com/2013/03/counting-down-top-5-benefits-of-baking.html