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How to Make Homemade Bread – Tips & Tricks

I love love love making bread. Love it. I love the way the yeast smells as it ferments. I love the way the dough feels when I’m shaping a loaf. I love the smell of fresh bread right out of the oven. And most of all I love the taste and texture of good homemade bread.

I’ve been experimenting lately with different breads. I’m not going to lie, it can be hard, time consuming, and tiring. But these experiments are well-worth it in my opinion. So, I wanted to put together a few tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way. Below are links to a few of my stand-by, basic (read: easy/cheats guide) bread recipes as well.
French Bread Loaf

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Light Brioche Buns

You were looking at my Turkey Burger recipe and wondering about the bun, weren’t you? No, I didn’t but them at the supermarket — I have this thing about fresh baked bread (love love love it), so I can’t resist every opportunity to make it. Burger night is no exception.

Brioche Rolls

The inspiration for making these was a restaurant that, sadly, does not make these anymore. But back in the day, they had the best turkey burger I had ever had. I guess the good thing about a restaurant not making your favorite dish anymore is that if you want it, you’re kind of forced to learn to make it on your own…

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Easy Homemade Pizza Dough

I love pizza night! Traditionally a Friday tradition, but every once in awhile, you just need that pizza-pick-me-up mid-week. And if your’e like me, you’re a sucker for fresh bread — including fresh pizza. Well, good news — I’ve got a fail-proof, stand-by pizza dough recipe easy enough to make any day of the week. Even better news? This recipe makes enough dough for one family size (14 inches in diameter) or, you can make up to 5 individual size pizzas (8 inches in diameter). So whether you’re looking to feed the whole crew, or just you and your mate, you’ve got pizza night (or nightS) covered. 

Note about the Recipe: Dough can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.

Love that pizza pic? Check out my version of Broccoli Rabe Pizza!

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Easy French Bread Recipe

Crusty on the outside, cloud-like on the inside. Isn’t that what you look for in a dinner roll? So much the better when they’re warm, right out of the oven. Slice it open and a plume of steam puffs out and the aroma is just overwhelming. Yeah, I have a thing for bread. A love thing…

The good news is that with the use of active dry yeast and the dough hook of a stand-mixer, these rolls are easy (and fun) to make! (more…)