Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread {Recipe}

Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe

Can we take a minute and talk about comfort food? I think now is the time more than ever to let food be a comfort, and what is more comforting than homemade bread? I used to find the idea of making my own bread intimidating, but I’ve gained some confidence and wanted to share our family’s favourite homemade bread recipe for you to try out with yours! This recipe calls for simple, basic ingredients and requires no more than a beginner skill level.

With the kids home all day, errrryday right now, I’m trying to think of activities that can incorporate a little bit of learning. Baking is something we enjoy and do fairly often (or we cheat and do a no-bake recipe, like these GF No Bake Protein Bites that the kids love) and it’s a great way to teach kids about measuring, chemistry, where our food comes from… just call me Ms Frizzle lol! And let’s face it, knowing how to make your own food is a life skill, so why not just go ahead and call this home ec 101. 😉

New to making bread? This recipe is perfect for beginners!

I started dappling with making my own bread in the Fall of last year and after a few tries, I felt like I had found a recipe I liked and that had consistent results. While searching for a recipe to use as a jumping-off point, I found Butter with a Side of Bread‘s recipe for Easy Homemade Bread and it lived up to its name. My homemade bread recipe is an adaptation of that one, and I absolutely recommend you check out this awesome blog for more great recipe ideas!

Another bonus of baking your own bread is that you can control the ingredients that are used (no yucky fillers/ preservatives, etc), and it’s a great money- saver. Ok, maybe that’s 2 benefits, but hey, the more the merrier! 😉  Enjoy it as a sandwich bread, or dip it in your fave oil/ vinegar combo- it’s a delicious, versatile loaf!

If I’ve got you convinced to give making your own bread a try, check out my recipe for Easy Homemade Bread below! 

Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe

Recipe: Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread 

Ingredients

-2 cups of water (warm is best!)

-1 1/2 tbsp yeast

-1/4 cup raw sugar

-1 tsp salt

-1/4 cup organic sunflower oil (olive oil or another neutral-flavour oil is also good)

-3 cups each organic whole wheat flour and unbleached all-purpose flour 

(+ more for kneading)

Directions 

  1. In a Pyrex jug, pour the yeast into the warm water. Set aside for 5- 10 minutes
  2. While you let the yeast proof, measure the salt and sugar into a large bowl 
  3. After 5- 10 minutes, pour the yeast/ water combination into the bowl with the salt and sugar, followed by the oil. Stir until combined
  4. Add in flour 1 cup at a time, kneading to combine with the wet mixture
  5. Once all the flour has been added, knead the dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes
  6. Roll the dough into a ball and lightly coat with more oil. Place in a large bowl and cover with a damp cloth or towel and let rise until the dough has doubled in size- approx. 1 hour
  7. When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and turn it onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough back into a large ball and cut in half
  8. Lightly oil two loaf pans. Roll the halves into two loaves and put one in each pan. Cover again and let rise for another hour
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30- 40 minutes (when ready, loaves will be slightly golden brown and baked through when tested with a toothpick)
  10. Pop the bread out of the pans and cool on a rack or enjoy warm and fresh from the oven!

I love that this bread is healthy + not too heavy!

Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe
Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe

Find more delicious ideas on the OHP Recipes Page!

To check out the recipe that helped me kick start my bread making journey, check out Butter with a Side of Bread

Have you tried this recipe? I’d love to know what you think! oxox Kat

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Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe

Gluten Free Blueberry Banana Oat Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

There’s something about a good, warm muffin right out of the oven that’s hard to beat. Even more so when it’s gluten-free muffins that are just as good (if not better!) than the regular version. We’ve experimented with a variety of recipes over the years but this one for gluten-free blueberry banana out muffins has been a hit on many levels: Healthy? Check. Tasty? Check. Liked (loved) by the kids? Check. Easy to make? You guessed it, check!

I’ve made these muffins with both regular unbleached flour and GF flour and you can’t tell the difference, they’re that good

If you’re gluten-free, you know how satisfying it is when you find a recipe that doesn’t taste like cardboard, isn’t loaded with sugar, and is as good (maybe better?!) than the regular version. Whip up a batch of these for weekday breakfasts or snacks, or add them to your weekend brunch selection. Whatever way you make them, I hope you enjoy them as much as our family does! PS for more GF recipes like this one, make sure to check out the blog’s Recipes page!

PPS- if you like this recipe, you’ll also love this recipe for chocolate chip banana bread, which is also amazing gluten-free

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

See below for the easy recipe for these yummy gluten-free muffins!

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup gluten-free flour (I used a combination of brown rice and coconut)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup gluten-free oats

1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with paper liners (silicone liners also work great for these).
  2. In a large bowl, mash bananas and add the egg, vanilla extract, and melted butter. Mix until combined.
  3. In another bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and fold into the wet ingredients a  little at a time until everything is added.
  4. Stir in the blueberries until evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  5. Scoop batter into liners and bake for 20- 25 minutes (test with a toothpick to check when ready).
  6. Pop out of the oven and enjoy!

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

 

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

 Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe   

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

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Quick and Easy Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

quick and easy cake mix cookies recipe

Whip up a batch of these cookies in just 20 minutes!

We’re heading into baking season (and bake sale season… and cookie exchange season…!) and while we have favourite classics, it’s always fun to try something new. I recently tried this cake mix cookie recipe from MomEh and it’s safe to say we’ll be making them again. Sometimes you just want a recipe that’s quick and easy, no fuss, and these cake mix cookies are perfect for that- especially if you’re looking for ideas to make for bake sales and cookie exchanges! 

Ingredients

1 box of cake mix (I used the one with sprinkles already mixed in)

1/2 cup softened butter or vegetable oil

1 egg

Optional: food colouring and/ or sprinkles 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven according to cake mix and line cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. Combine wet ingredients in one bowl and dry ingredients in another (if your cake mix doesn’t have sprinkles already mixed in, add them to the dry ingredients). Mix together until batter is a smooth consistency
  3. Roll into approx 1 tsp size balls, spacing them about 2″ apart
  4. Bake for 10- 15 minutes or until edges start to turn golden brown.
  5. Allow to cool and enjoy!

quick and easy cake mix cookies recipe

quick and easy cake mix cookies recipe

quick and easy cake mix cookies recipe quick and easy cake mix cookies recipe quick and easy cake mix cookies recipe

quick and easy cake mix cookies recipe

Looking for ideas for a bake sale or cookie exchange? These cookies are perfect!

quick and easy cake mix cookies recipe

quick and easy cake mix cookies recipe

quick and easy cake mix cookies recipe

The cookies in this post were made using a regular cake mix, but we also made a batch using a gluten-free cake mix and they turned out just as delicious.

Tip: If you make these cookies using a gluten-free cake mix, simply scoop batter onto cookie sheets if you can’t get the batter to form a ball.

For this recipe, I used a Betty Crocker Cake Mix and added sprinkles, but we’ve tried a few different gluten-free cake mixes including Kinnikinnick, and XO Baking CO and have enjoyed them. Your local grocery store probably carries some, but you can also find a variety on Amazon

Have a bake sale or cookie exchange coming up? Find more recipe ideas (like these cute sugar cookie donuts!) on the blog’s Sweet Treats page.

Thanks to MomEh for this great cookie recipe! To see her festive cake mix cookies, check out her original post here.

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quick and easy cake mix cookies recipe 

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Easy Gluten Free Apple Crumble Recipe

gluten free apple crumble recipe

Comfort food season is right around the corner and what’s better on cozy evenings than a plate of warm, yummy apple crumble? Top with some vanilla ice cream for extra decadence… yummmmm. A friend brought one over a few weeks ago and when a neighbor gave us some apples from her tree I knew exactly what I wanted to make with them. Gluten-free crumbles are an easy way to combine all the goodness of a pie without having to fret over perfecting the crust (something I’m trying to find a good gluten-free recipe for).  View Post

Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin Bites

 healthy gluten free banana chocolate chip muffin bites recipe

You know when you’re running out the door or packing lunches and wish you had a healthy snack to grab? These little muffin bites are perfect for that aaaaaaand for using up all those ripes bananas you’ve got hanging out in your freezer (it’s embarrassing how many I have in mine!!! I just don’t like the idea of throwing them out so I end up with half my freezer loaded with bananas waiting for me to get in the baking mood). These little bites pack a nutritional punch and are perfect for an on-the-go snack or as a healthy addition to packed lunches. View Post

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