When my family decided to start eating less processed food, pizza no longer seemed like a “convenience” anymore. Instead of sliding a still-frozen pizza into the oven, I had to first make some dough. Easy enough; I had already learned how to make sandwich bread in the bread machine at that point, I could handle pizza dough.
But then I had to roll out the dough. And make pizza sauce. And shred the cheese. And (sometimes) slice the pepperoni.
Not to mention the effort I made in order to find a pizza sauce recipe my family enjoyed. And find a whole-fat mozzarella cheese that melted perfectly (Trader Joe’s brand is our favorite). And a place where I could consistently buy a brand of pepperoni that contains no nitrates or nitrites (Applegate Continue reading Sourdough Pizza Crust (Bucket Dough Method)
Your husband calls to tell you that he’s on his way home from work. Oh, and that his good friend Joe’s wife is out of town, so he invited Joe over for dinner. That’s okay, right?
Wrong! Because you forgot to plan a side dish for dinner (again), and all you have planned to eat is a main course of meat (again). Since meat’s expensive, you bought the smallest package of meat you could find, and you’re already afraid that the kids might resort to cannibalism in order to make sure their stomachs get full. So no, Joe can’t come over for dinner, thank you very much. Have fun retracting your invitation.
On second thought… Continue reading Rustic Loaf (Bucket Dough Method)
If my oldest son had his way, it’s very possible that he would eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every single day. Actually, it’s much more likely that he would request peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for every single meal.
This means that all it would take for me to achieve “Mom of the Year” status in his five year old eyes would be to produce a never ending stream of sandwich bread. Fortunately for me, I can make his dreams come true with my simple Bucket Dough recipe.
(I could. Continue reading Sourdough Sandwich Bread (Bucket Dough Method)
Ahh, the mysterious sourdough starter. If you don’t already have one, you probably think the only way to get one is to beg, borrow, or steal one from a friend.
The reality is that sourdough starters have to start sometime! So why not right now, in your very own kitchen? The only ingredients you need are Flour, Water, and Time.
But what about the yeast? Continue reading Sourdough Starter
One of my favorite childhood memories is when my family would vacation at my Grandparents’ house for several weeks each summer. Among other fun activities, I eagerly anticipated my Grandmother’s homemade sticky buns.
My Grandmother was old-school, waking up at 4am to make and knead the dough (by hand, no less!), yet still allowing enough time for the yeast to rise. She timed it perfectly so that the sticky buns were ready to eat by the time my brother and I woke for breakfast.
Years have passed, and I have often craved that sticky bun tradition. Continue reading Sticky Buns That Taste Just Like Grandma’s (Bucket Dough Method)
Within this rather unimpressive looking bucket of dough lies a wealth of possibilities that most people believe are well out of reach for everyday life. What I see, however, is the secret weapon that keeps my family well supplied with as much delicious, warm sourdough bread as we need.
It’s simple, and only takes about 10 minutes every 3-5 days. And the many different uses for Bucket Dough make it time very well spent. I can’t count the number of times that having Bucket Dough on-hand in the fridge has saved me when I’ve forgotten to plan a side dish to go with dinner. Or when an we have guests over and I want to offer a special treat. Or even when I realize I have nothing to feed the kids for lunch… Continue reading How to Make Bucket Dough (for Sourdough)
Everybody needs a beginning point. For me, the beginning of my bread making addiction was Honey Whole Wheat bread.
During my 3rd pregnancy, Daniel and I started moving towards a more “real food” type lifestyle. Well, in all honesty, it might have been more likely that I was pushing real foods onto Daniel. In any case, he’s a good sport and so I tried to persuade him to join me along the real food path by tempting him with homemade sandwich bread. After all, who doesn’t love homemade bread?
He agreed to give it a shot, which put me in a little bit of a pickle. I should have thought it through a little more before offering to start baking all of our family’s bread, because the reality was that I had 2 little ones underfoot and a big pregnant belly in my way. Continue reading Honey Whole Wheat Bread Machine Recipe
Even though homemade bread is delicious, having plain toast for breakfast every morning gets old fast. But making a “fancier” loaf can feel like too much effort, even when you’re relying on a bread machine
Cinnamon Raisin Bread is your solution. It’s a special treat that will
trick show your family that you care enough to put in the extra effort. The reality, however, is easier than it looks because the bread machine does all the hard work for you. As a bonus, the bread comes out moist, chewy, and delicious, even though it’s made with 100% whole wheat flour! Your family will never suspect that it might be good for them.
In fact, I recently made a loaf while I was preparing to teach my first ever Bread Baking Class through my church. This is how my test loaf of Cinnamon Raisin bread turned out: Continue reading Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bread