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Finding creative ways to ride out this time at home has challenged our imagination, rekindled interest in old hobbies and brought out the amateur baker in us.
If you’ve been online recently, chances are you’ve seen a post or two about someone baking bread. Whether it’s creating a sourdough starter, mentioning instant pot hacks or baking breakfast favorites like banana bread, maybe it’s piqued your interest. Here, we’ve gathered some social posts and recipes to inspire your inner baker.
Usually, Bethany Tabor is baking and decorating cakes and cookies, but now that she has more time, she’s tried her hand at baking various breads. Although these are the first loaves she’s ever made, perhaps her baking background accounts for the super cute design scored into loaf number one, which is a sourdough. Her goal is to keep improving upon loaf number two, which is a whole-wheat loaf.
Sometimes, we all need a little pep talk, and maybe that goes for inanimate objects as well. Although Peggy Lavinder bakes often, this is her first time revisiting a yeast recipe in a while. She said it’s been a great creative outlet and stress-reducer. As for talking to her dough ... perhaps it worked. The loaf turned out fluffy on the inside and golden on the outside.
Courtesy of Katarína Benejová
This loaf is a mazanec, which is a Czech Easter bread. Though this variety traditionally has a cross scored across the top, Katarína Benejová said she likes to play with the dough, thus the braided look that resembles challah. Baking is a family adventure for Benejová — her 3-year-old daughter helps and her husband takes the photos. It’s always a challenge, she said, and they love trying new recipes.
Courtesy of Jemima Wilch
Not all bread recipes call for proofing and yeast and hours of prep time. Simple soda breads like the loaves Jemima Wilch baked are delicious alternatives when you don’t have yeast or you don’t have time. Get creative with add-ins like the rosemary Wilch used for savory flavor.
Courtesy of Mikkel Elbech
After reading an article a couple years ago about how baking could be used as an activity to practice mindfulness, Mikkel Elbech began spending a lot more time in the kitchen. The process is rewarding, he said, and the final product is healthier than what you’d buy at the grocery store. His tip for beginners is to try no-knead recipes first, and then break into sourdough starters.
Another simple alternative when you don’t have yeast to work with is beer bread, like this one Agnieszka Naumczuk baked. Basic recipes call for only four ingredients: flour, sugar, butter and beer (use your favorite), but you can add honey for a sweeter taste.
Loaded with brown sugar and cinnamon, this sticky pastry is sure to delight at the breakfast table.
Banana bread is great, but when you include chocolate chips, it adds a serious yumminess factor. Because chocolate chips aren’t necessarily a pantry staple, know that you can bake this bread without them too. Use this recipe when you have browning bananas in your fruit bowl.
Put aside your sweet tooth for this one. The chive and cheddar in this recipe bring out the savory tastes that pair wonderfully with homemade brunches.
Pull that instant pot out of the cupboard, it’s time to bake some banana bread. Make this when you’re treating yourself to some breakfast in bed, or when you need something sweet to munch on with your morning coffee.
Just because we’re home more often now doesn’t mean we have tons more time to spend in the kitchen. That being said, any recipe that calls for very few ingredients is helpful. If you have flour, yogurt and garlic salt, you’re ready for this easy recipe.
Sure, this sounds like more of a fall treat, but when we’re left to our own devices in the kitchen, anything you can bake with any ingredient you can find goes, right?
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