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A couple weeks ago I decided to make homemade bread for dinner. I only had about two and a half hours before dinner had to be on the table, so I sat down to quickly browse Pinterest and found an easy and quick, no kneed, dutch oven crusty homemade bread. I jumped up to make it, and about two hours later we had fresh, hot, crusty bread to go with our soup.
Slathered in salted butter, it was really one of those moments I just closed my eyes and really enjoyed my food. The satisfying crunch of the outside, the soft crumb with just the right chewiness to make you want another piece. Homemade bread really is the best.
Everyone at the table loved it. The entire loaf was gone by the end of dinner. I may or may not have had 5 or 6 pieces myself… What can I say? In the words of Oprah – I. LOVE. BREAD.
This got me thinking. Making bread is FUN and eating homemade bread is so SATISFYING. Why wasn’t I doing it more?
I posted a picture of my bread to my Instagram profile and, realizing it was Sunday night, I captioned it with a thought that just popped into my head: “I have this crazy idea to bake a new bread from scratch every day this week. Good idea or no?” I asked the Instagram universe.
You guys said, “DO IT!”
So I did.
And I’m so glad I did.
Here are the 7 Easy Homemade Bread Recipes I chose to fill what I so originally (<sarcasm) hashtagged #breadweek. All pictures are mine, the results of trying these recipes out at home.
7 Easy Homemade Bread Recipes
Day 1 – 2 Hour No Knead Crusty Bread
Okay, full disclosure, I cannot find the actual recipe I used for this bread! But I’ll link you to two recipes that are basically the same. This bread is super duper simple to make, and really really delicious.
Day 2 – French Bread
This recipe has a fun and interesting way to do the final rise – you leave the dough in a warm oven with a steaming pot of water on the bottom rack. That’s how you get that lovely, chewy crust on a French Bread!! The more you know…
Get the recipe I tried at Your Home Based Mom.
Day 3 – Brioche
I was not hugely satisfied with my attempt at this brioche. I’m not saying it’s the recipe. It very well could be my novice bread making skills. But to my mind, brioche should have an almost cotton candy like pull apart texture, and this brioche was very cakey. No pull apart flakiness at all. It was, however, delicious.
And yes, brioche takes forever to make. That doesn’t mean it’s not easy, though. Because it is. It just takes time. And if you have time, you MUST try homemade brioche.
Get the recipe I tried for this Brioche at Simply Delicious Food.
Day 4 – Brazilian Cheese Bread
Ok, so I don’t know if this one technically counts as bread. There’s no wheat flour or yeast involved… but you end up with delicious, cheesy rolls. So, I made the call that they would be day 4 of #breadweek.
And we were not disappointed! Delicious. The Brazilians are doing their rolls right.
The dough is a big sticky mess to prepare, so just make sure your hands are wet when shaping the balls. If your hands are wet it’s a piece of cake. I mean bread.
Get the recipe I tried for these Brazilian Cheese Rolls at Olivia’s Cuisine.
Day 5 – Fougasse (Herbed Flatbread)
I am part of a recipe swap club with other food bloggers. Once a month we are paired with another food blogger, and then we pick a recipe from their blog to duplicate and post on our own blog. Since I was in the middle of #breadweek, I decided to pick a bread. I chose Fougasse which is the French version of focaccia. Super simple to make and very impressive when it’s done. You’ll want to try this one!
Get the recipe for Fougasse at The Cheerful Kitchen.
Day 6 – Pretzel Rolls
Pretzel rolls are always a favorite with my family. Which is interesting, since I can’t remember the last time any of us had a pretzel…
This recipe was for hotdog buns, but we used them for sausages and they were just right. Just add the baking soda to the water SLOWLY. Learned that lesson the hard way…
Get the recipe I tried for these Pretzel Rolls at Flavor the Moments.
Day 7 – Soft Dinner Rolls
So, the recipe I used is for whole wheat dinner rolls, and that’s actually why I picked it! But I was distracted when I started making the dough, and I just used plain ole’ all purpose flour. I had to add a little extra flour, but they still turned out great!
Get the recipe I used for these soft Dinner Rolls at An Oregon Cottage.