Are You Bready For This?
One of the oldest recipes known to man, bread is a staple food in cultures around the world. In Ireland, soda bread is a yeast-free bread that is perfect slathered with fresh Irish butter. In India, the oven-baked flatbread known as naan is consumed with almost every meal and serves as the perfect vessel for spicy curries and stews. In Jewish culture, challah is served on the Sabbath and is similar to a French brioche. Savory or sweet, circular, or square, when it comes to bread, the varieties are seemingly endless. Whether you like your bread plain, topped with avocado, or in a sandwich, there are so many ways to eat bread and never tire of it.
We think now more than ever is a great time to get in the kitchen and bake, because let’s be real...there’s nothing quite like the smell of a homemade baked good! Making bread from scratch doesn’t have to be a complicated endeavor, and in fact many recipes call for ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Go beyond banana bread with these eight easy bread recipes. Happy baking!
- Zucchini chocolate bread - Turn this ordinary vegetable into something extraordinary! This bread features zucchini plus avocado, banana, and dark chocolate. Sweetened with dates instead of sugar, this indulgent yet guilt-free bread is perfect for any time of day.
- Take those extra apples and turn them into deliciously moist apple bread. This super simple bread is packed lots of fresh apples, applesauce, and cinnamon for a heavenly afternoon treat.
- This pumpkin bread with toasted walnut cinnamon swirl might call for a crisp fall day, but we think it’s great all year round. Made with healthy and fiber-rich spelt flour, this not-too-sweet bread is perfect for those looking to curb their sugar intake.
- Switch it up with a savory and rustic kalamata olive oil bread studded with juicy kalamata olives. Olive oil, which takes the place of canola or vegetable oil, is packed with heart-healthy fats and antioxidants.
- Who says bread has to be in loaf form? Dust off your muffin tin and make these hearty morning glory muffins filled with shredded carrot, raisins, pecans, and apple. This really is an “everything but the kitchen sink” recipe, so mix and match ingredients according to your taste.
- Whole wheat bread - Leave the packaged, preservative-filled bread at the supermarket and make your own healthy whole wheat bread! This vegan bread is loaded with fiber-rich oats, sunflower seeds, and flaxseeds and takes less than an hour to make from start to finish.
- This cornbread recipe will have you scratching your head - in a good way! Low in fat but high in taste, you won’t feel guilty about taking an extra piece or two as a side for a comforting soup or chili.
- Utilize the first fresh blueberries of the summer season in this lightened-up lemon blueberry bread. This recipe features cream cheese which makes for a super moist and delicious bread with a citrusy kick.
After you’ve baked a delicious bread (or two), you may be wondering how to use it in different ways. Toast a slice and slather it with almond butter, use leftover bread to make an indulgent sweet or savory bread pudding, or use it in french toast. We recommend baking two loaves and freezing one for later or gifting the second loaf to a family member, friend, or neighbor.
Spread happiness through the simple act of baking - and breaking - bread with someone you love during these difficult times where many of us remain at home. If you have a great recipe to share, comment below!
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