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Everyone Is Making Their Own Bread and Posting It to Social Media, and You Can Too

Sprinkle some flour and knead out your stress
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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.

All aboard the bandwagon

All aboard the bandwagon
Courtesy of Bethany Tabor

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.

Words of encouragement

Words of encouragement
Courtesy of Peggy Lavinder

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.

No knead to stress

No knead to stress

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If baking bread seems intimidating, fear not. Sonja and Alex Overhiser posted an easy-to-make bread. It doesn’t require kneading, special flour or multiple proofs — the ideal combination for bread-baking beginners.

Family time

Family time

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.

Things can get messy

Things can get messy

Courtesy of Gillian McDade

 

It’s true, having a floury mess all over your counters and clothes is not ideal. But a little extra time indoors leaves a little extra time to try new things like the blueberry wheaten Gillian McDade baked.

Keeping it simple

Keeping it simple

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.

A mindfulness practice

A mindfulness practice

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.

Have a brew and bake with it too

Have a brew and bake with it too
Courtesy of Agnieszka Naumczuk

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.

Easy Hot Cross Buns

Easy Hot Cross Buns
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Easter is fast approaching, and hot cross buns are a staple Easter treat for many. They’re lightly spiced and topped with icing for added sweetness. This recipe doesn’t even require you to wait for yeast to rise.

For the Easy Hot Cross Buns recipe, click here.

Gluten-Free Hot Cross Buns

Gluten-Free Hot Cross Buns
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It takes less than a half-hour to make this gluten-free version of hot cross buns. During your next trip to the grocery store, be sure to pick up some gluten-free baking flour to complete the recipe.

For the Gluten-Free Hot Cross Buns recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Monkey Bread

Slow Cooker Monkey Bread
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Loaded with brown sugar and cinnamon, this sticky pastry is sure to delight at the breakfast table.

For the Slow Cooker Monkey Bread recipe, click here.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
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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.

For the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe, click here.

Chive and Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

Chive and Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits
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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.

For the Chive and Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits recipe, click here.

Instant Pot Banana Bread

Instant Pot Banana Bread
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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.

For the Instant Pot Banana Bread recipe, click here.

Three-Ingredient Bagels

Three-Ingredient Bagels
Courtesy of Jacqui Wedewer/The Daily Meal

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.

For the Three-Ingredient Bagels recipe, click here.

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread
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No yeast? No problem. Soda bread doesn’t call for any yeast, and you can switch up the recipe with ingredients you already have. For example: if you don’t have raisins, swap them out for dried cranberries or orange zest.

For the Irish Soda Bread recipe, click here.