Homemade Bread

Homemade Bread

Maybe it’s due to all my bread fails in the past, but when I crack open the oven door and peak in at my golden loaf, I feel giddy. In the past, I avoided bread out of intimidation, but after binge watching episodes of The Great British Bakeoff I was encouraged to roll up my sleeves and give it another try.

 Homemade Bread

While other recipes can seem daunting, this simple white loaf is easy to follow and perfect for those who are new to baking bread! After a bit of patience, you will have a warm loaf of bread ready to be topped with honey butter and savored.

Homemade Bread

Looking for something a little sweeter? This basic bread recipe can be used to make cinnamon rolls!

Homemade Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Tbs yeast
  • 1/2 Tbs sugar
  • 1/2 C warm water
  • 5 C flour
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 Tbs salt
  • 1.5 C warm water
  • 1/4 C oil

Directions:

  • Mix together the first three ingredients and set aside for 15 minutes until it doubles in size
  • Combine the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, then slowly incorporate the water, oil and yeast mixture. Stir until well combined.
  • Cover the dough and set aside in a warm area for 30 minutes
  • Knead the dough for 3 minutes, cover, and set aside for 1-2 hours until the dough doubles in size
  • Knead the dough and separate evenly into the two greased loaf tins. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes
  • Preheat the over to 375 degrees
  • Place bread into the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes

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Easy Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract

You wouldn’t think a small change in baking, like using pure vanilla extract, would make a difference – but it does. The simple switch can elevate your baked goods from ordinary to scrumptious. If you are a serious foodie, you may want to take it up an extra level and infuse your own vanilla extract at home!

Homemade Vanilla Extract

All you need to make the extract at home is vanilla beans, your choice of alcohol and a lot of patience! After three months, your extract will be rich in flavor and ready to use. At this point you may want to keep your tincture all to yourself, but if you are feeling generous, this would be a lovely gift to give.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Ingredients:

  • 6 vanilla beans
  • 8 oz. Bourbon, tequila, or vodka

Directions:

  • Slice the vanilla beans lengthwise and place in a mason jar
  • Cover with alcohol and seal shut with the lid
  • Place in a cool, dark room and shake occasionally
  • After three months the extract is ready to use

Dulce de Leche

Dulce de Leche recipe! Learn how to make this at home!

My first introduction to dulce de leche – a thick, rich, caramel-like spread – was when a friend brought me home a jar from South America. At the time I was still living at home with my parents, so I had to strategically hide it behind boxes of noodles in the pantry to save it from being devoured by my siblings.

Dulce de Leche recipe! Learn how to make this at home!

All too soon, my cherished jar of dulce de leche was empty. That was the last time I enjoyed this sweet spread until I was scrolling through Pinterest and I discovered you can easily make it at home. Miracles do come true!

Dulce de Leche recipe! Learn how to make this at home!

You can drizzle the dulce de leche on pancakes, ice cream, fresh fruit, or anything your heart desires! I’m convinced it tastes delicious on everything. Here is how you can make this simple spread at home!

Dulce de Leche

Ingredients:

  • Can of sweet and condensed milk

Recipe:

  • Peel the label off the can of sweet and condensed milk
  • Place the can of sweet and condensed milk in a large pot
  • Fill the pot with water until it covers the can completely (have a good inch of water covering the top of the can)
  • Place the pot on the stove and simmer for 3 hours
  • Keep an eye on the pot as it simmers, adding more water as needed to keep the can submerged in water
  • Remove the can from the pot and let cool before opening
  • Store the dulce de leche in an air tight container for up to one month in the fridge