I got a phone call from an old friend yesterday. As we were talking, his recent bread baking mishaps came up. He told me, “Next time we're over for a visit, you have to show me how to bake bread. I've been trying, but one loaf of bread was flat, another loaf of bread looked great and then in caved in, and I just can't get my bread to turn out right.” Since he and the family won't be able to come and visit until summer, I decided to write up a list of troubleshooting tips to help you bake the perfect loaf of bread, or at least bread that won't do double duty as a door stop. We're going to tackle things in a question and answer format, so hopefully if there's a question you've run into while bread baking, you'll find it in the list. [Read more…]
When I asked on the Common Sense Homesteading Facebook page if people were interested in bread recipes, I got a resounding, “Yes!” So I've rounded up some of my favorite bread recipes, plus some from my friends, to give you enough options that you should never have to buy bread again. The first section has a number of yeast bread recipes using wheat flour, the second section has bread recipes for special diets including gluten free breads, a kombucha sourdough and a bread recipe that uses soaked or sprouted whole wheat flour. Ditch all the nasty ingredients in store breads, save yourself some money and enjoy some really good bread!
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