*WARNING: This post has the potential to cause severe salivation and hunger pangs. Also, the recipes contained within may cause flour to end up in the strangest possible places in your kitchen”
The day before our Audrey was admitted to the hospital, when I thought things were getting better, I did some baking.
I love baking, I spend hours upon hours baking and cooking because I love it. There is something so satisfying to watch your family bite into something you’ve spent hours creating and seeing them smile. There is also something so delightful about being able to take something from the cupboard and sink your own teeth into it without having to read a label, because you know every ingredient it contains.
So that day, I baked bread. I’d never done that before, I’ve baked copious batches of heavenly Air Buns (to come), but never had I braved the bread recipes. And because I’m pretty much your average “all or nothing” sort of girl, I decided to not only bake regular bread, but also Cinnamon Raisin bread.
5 and half hours, 20 cups of flour and two very tired arms later, we had heavenly, warm bread. It was ah-mazing! I wrapped each loaf up, some to share and some to freeze and felt this huge sense of accomplishment because I’d done it.
I’ve since made these recipes again, and have come to my own conclusions and alterations to them. They once again turned out fantastic and I was thrilled. They will be regulars on our baking repertoire and I hope you enjoy them too!
Wholesome Homemade Honey Whole Wheat Bread This bread is great. Slightly more dense than a store bought loaf but excellent. Makes great sandwiches, and even better toast (think sweet buttery heaven). We had one loaf out for 2 weeks and I did keep it in a Ziplock, but it stayed moist and almost as good as straight out of the oven, with no preservatives and no mold!
I did make the following alterations to the recipe
– Becel instead of butter. Let’s cut the fat and calories where we can. This bread was already a healthy recipe and this change helps just a little more. Keep in mind that Becel is a good margarine choice, and is recommended by the Heart and Stroke Foundation because it doesn’t contain artery clogging fats. I’m down with keeping my pipes clean!
– When kneading the dough, alternate between unbleached all purpose flour and whole wheat flour to “flour your work surface” too much whole wheat will make it dry, too much white will detract from the flavour
– As soon as the loaves are removed from the oven, brush them with melted Becel. It will help keep them soft, and then put them in your Ziplocks while they are still slightly warm, this’ll lock in flavour and moisture
World’s Best Cinnamon Raisin Bread oh this is so good! I haven’t had Cinnamon Raisin bread in years due to allergies and ingredients in the store bought kind so I was really excited to try this recipe. It was labour intensive but worth every second. This bread was fun for the girls to help with and I plan on getting some small bread pans for next time to let them make their own.
Again I made a few, minor additions
– Becel instead of butter, see above
– The girls helped, this meant that Audrey got her paws on the cinnamon. The recipe doesn’t warn the disaster that can happen when a 2 year old gets her hands on an entire LARGE container of cinnamon. I would like to add it’s messy. Also, you’ll hear shrieking of “IT’S ON MA FOOT! Momma!!! IT’S ON MA FOOT” don’t be alarmed, this is normal and nothing a little warm washcloth and a vacuum can’t fix
Hope you enjoy and let me know how it goes! I love hearing how everyone else’s recipes turn out and if you have something you want me to try, let me know. I’m always looking for new recipes and more fun for us to have.
Happy Friday everyone, and happy eating!