One day I had to make a basket for a fund-raiser at church. It was for the silent auction. I have found in the past that baskets with food are real winners. Men will bid on them! I included my husband’s very favorite, Pecan Pie Muffins! I will try to post that recipe someday!
So in this basket I put the following two loaves of bread. They were both great and about as different as you could get from each other! I know they were great because I made two loaves of each and only put one of each in the basket.
These are recipes are truly making bread from scratch. Rising times, punching down and everything! I love making bread. See the links to the recipes at the bottom of this post. I want to give credit to the ones who posted the original recipe. It is possible I changed some things in my version, but I can’t tell you what at this point. I always tweak something when cooking! Don’t you?
The first is a light white bread for sandwiches. The loaf rose very high and it was a beautiful thing to behold when it was pulled from the oven. Can you smell it?
The other is a healthy toasting bread! I eat it without toasting, but you have to like the thicker, heartier breads to eat it this way. You can warm this just a bit with butter! Oh my!
The heartier bread I found here: http://www.alexandracooks.com/2012/07/07/no-knead-oatmeal-toasting-bread/
The sandwich bread I found here: http://www.thecurvycarrot.com/2011/03/28/rosebuds-butter-topped-white-bread/
I hope you dare to make fresh bread some day! You will feel so creative! Almost like when I paint! And it is so very much cheaper and healthier than buying bread from the grocery store!