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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Roast Potato Soup Recipe: Comfort Food Season is Here!

roast potato soup recipe

If you’re looking for something tasty to enjoy on a cool Fall day, this roast potato soup is the perfect comfort food to cozy up with.

We all love a good soup to warm us up when it’s cold outside, don’t we? I’m not even going to pretend that this is a light, low-fat, etc meal idea. But it’s delicious and simple to make, with just a few simple ingredients.

This recipe is comfort food through and through, but hey, we all have to indulge a little, don’t we?

I originally shared this recipe on the La-Z Boy Lifestyle Meets Comfort blog, but after a request from a friend, I’m sharing it here as well. I owe my brother for sharing this recipe with me and ever since I first tried it I knew it would be one I made again and again and again. It’s a crowd pleaser, promise.

The next time you’re in the mood to make soup, I hope you’ll give this recipe a try!

roast potato soup recipe

Ingredients

5- 6 large potatoes, washed and cut into large chunks (peeling optional based on preference)

3 medium white onions, sliced thin

½ cup butter + 2- 3 tbsp

3 tbsp olive oil

½ bulb garlic, peeled and minced

6 cups whole milk (+ 1- 2 cups more to achieve desired consistency and flavour)

Salt and pepper to taste

Chopped bacon to garnish

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl toss potato chunks in olive oil until evenly coated.

roast potato soup recipe

2) In an oven- safe dish, spread potato chunks evenly in one layer. Bake in oven for 40- 45 minutes, until golden brown.

3) While potatoes are roasting, heat a frying pan over medium heat. Melt ½ cup of butter and reduce heat to low. Add the onion slices and minced garlic and toss in the melted butter.

4) Caramelize until the onions are golden brown and remove from heat.

roast potato soup recipe

5) Remove potatoes from oven and mash to an even consistency (they do not have to be completely free of lumps).

roast potato soup recipe

6) In a large pot, warm milk over medium heat and add potatoes, onion, and garlic. Stir until well blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

roast potato soup recipe

7) Remove half of the soup and pour into a blender; pulse until it has reached a smooth consistency. If you prefer a smooth soup, repeat this step with the remaining half of soup.

roast potato soup recipe

8) Add all of the roast potato soup back into the large pot and place over medium heat and allow to simmer for 5- 10 minutes. Taste test and add more butter and/ or salt and pepper for flavour.

9) Finally, garnish the roast potato soup with chopped bacon bits for garnish and serve immediately, or allow to cool completely and reheat portions as desired.

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What are your favourite comfort food recipes?

If you try this recipe I’d love to hear what you think! For more great recipe ideas, check out the blog’s Recipes Page.

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This roast potato soup recipe is comfort food through and through and oh so delicious!

  

Smoky Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

slow cooker smoky beef brisket

Have you ever tried brisket? This cut of beef is amazing for a variety of meals and ideal for slow cooking. If you want a ‘set it and forget it’ kind of dinner, this is about as easy and delicious as it gets (this was my first time and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out). While I made this meal with Fall comfort food in mind, it really would be delicious year- round. I’ve teamed up again with Heritage Meats (see why I’ve shopped with them for years and check out delicious bison burgers in this post) to share a recipe idea that’s crowd- pleasing and pretty much fool- proof. This Langley store is my go- to for quality, organic meats and other specialty and gourmet foods (you an also read more about them below) and this brisket is proof of why they’re a popular spot for locals looking for quality options for everything from meats and deli items to gluten free and other specialty foods.

This smoky brisket is juicy and tender (I’m hoping to try pulled beef sandwiches next) and makes for a satisfying meal. You can enjoy it day- of, or serve it the next day (see my tip on why to give the 2- day option a try near the end of the recipe instructions). I served mine with rosemary mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies, but the combinations are endless. I’m looking forward to trying more recipes with this cut of beef and hope you’ll love adding this recipe to your Fall menu! 

Ingredients

3- 3 1/2 lb cut of brisket

1 tsp each:

–cayenne pepper

–cinnamon

— salt

— pepper

6- 8 cloves of garlic, crushed

2 tsp liquid smoke 

slow cooker smoky beef brisket ingredients

Directions

  1. Start by creating a foil liner for your slow cooker (I just folded two large pieces together) and mixing the dry rub together. 

slow cooker smoky beef brisket dry rub

2. Coat the entire surface area of the meat with the dry rub, working it in with your fingers.

slow cooker smoky beef brisket

Here’s how it looks after the dry rub has been applied. Those streaks of fat in the meat help make for a juicy and flavourful finished product! More on that juice below.

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3.  Crush the garlic and pour half of the liquid smoke and crushed garlic in the bottom of the foil liner (this will help flavour the bottom side of the meat as it cooks). Pour the other half of the liquid smoke and crushed garlic on the top side of the meat and rub it in.

slow cooker smoky beef brisket

slow cooker smoky beef brisket

slow cooker smoky beef brisket

slow cooker smoky beef brisket

4. Place the brisket in the foil liner and wrap up the top to seal in the heat. Slow cook on low for 6- 8 hours or high for 3- 4 hours (I opted for high since I started this recipe mid day and was it was as juicy and tender as ever). 

slow cooker smoky beef brisket

slow cooker smoky beef brisket

5. When cooked you can either serve immediately or allow to cool in the crock pot insert and refrigerate overnight. Tip: by allowing the brisket to cool in the insert overnight you can skim off the fat from the liquid that seeped out during the cooking process (none of the liquid in the photos was added, that’s all from the brisket- yum!). Leave the remaining liquid that’s full of flavour in the slow cooker to keep the brisket juicy while you re- heat it and use it to make a delicious gravy. This is purely preference and not a necessary step, but I recommend giving it a try when you have the time. Note: You can also slow cook part of the meat in vacuum packing machines for sous vide, some have had great results so it is worth considering.

slow cooker smoky beef brisket

slow cooker smoky beef brisket

I served mine with rosemary mashed potatoes and fresh carrots and beans from our garden. I glazed them with a simple seasoning of olive oil, salt and pepper and put them under the broiler to cook. For the gravy I simply added 1 tsp of organic corn starch to some warm water and mixed it in with the juices left over from the cooking process. 

slow cooker smoky beef brisket rosemary mashed potatoes 

slow cooker smoky beef brisket rosemary mashed potatoes  

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slow cooker smoky beef brisket with seasonal vegetables 

slow cooker smoky beef brisket with seasonal vegetables

slow cooker smoky beef brisket with seasonal vegetables

slow cooker smoky beef brisket with seasonal vegetables   

slow cooker smoky beef brisket with seasonal vegetables and rosemary mashed potatoes

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Don’t have a slow cooker or wanting to upgrade? Here are 4 options to check out:  

Hamilton Beach 4 Quart Slow Cooker

Crock Pot 4 Quart Slow Cooker

Hamilton Beach 6 Quart Slow Cooker

Crock Pot 8 Quart Slow Cooker

About Heritage Meats

Located in Langley, BC, Heritage Meats specializes in gourmet, high- quality, and specialty foods including gluten- free, organic, and premium quality meats. Since opening in 2003, it’s become a destination, offering a selection of everything from deli items, pantry staples, and meat to gourmet and specialty items (including exotic meats!) hard to find in most stores. All of the meat and poultry carried in the store is non- medicated- no hormones, antibiotics, or animal by- products- and the friendly staff can help you with any questions you may have.

In addition to the exotic meats mentioned in this post, they also carry a selection of other quality meat and deli items:

– Beef (non medicated Alberta beef, dry aged for flavour and tenderness)
– Chicken (local, non medicated, air chilled)
– Pork (local, non medicated, free run)
– Sausages (made in house, no fillers, gluten free)
– Entrees (made in house by the shop’s chef, with a large selection of gluten free options)

To learn more about the store and it’s product offerings, visit the Heritage Meats website and find them on social media:

Facebook: Heritage Meats & Gourmet Specialty Foods | Twitter: @HeritageMeats

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Roast Potato Soup

Before I say anything else, let me just put this put this out there: is there anything better than potatoes and bacon??? I won’t sit here and tell you this is the healthiest soup recipe out there, because it’s not. But it tastes AMAZING. This is a soup for when you’re craving comfort food- something hearty and filling- and what delivers that better than carbs?

My brother gets all the credit for this recipe, he’s an amazing cook and he was super nice and not only shared the recipe with me, but gave me tips along the way to make it as delicious as possible (tip: when it doubt, add more butter! 😉 ). The ingredients are simple and the results are all kinds of YUM, I hope you give it a try next time you get a craving to make soup!

This tasty soup recipe is featured over on the La- Z Boy Lifestyle Meets Comfort blog this month and you can find it hereBon appetit y’all! 

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Yummy Mummy Monday: Carrot & Ginger Soup

We’re officially into soup season. And really what could be better than cozying up with a warm bowl of soup on a cool Fall day? This week’s recipe was contributed by Malika from Everything’s Better Spouted and is a delicious crowd pleaser chock- full of nutrients. I love Malika’s recipes because they’re tasty and made with whole ingredients, making them healthy options when you’ve got a craving (for another amazing soup recipe from Malika that was a hit in our house, try out this recipe). See below for more from Malika and this delicious soup recipe.
Hey, it’s Malika
from Everything’s
Better Sprouted
. I’m loving Fall and
making warm soup recipes weekly! If you have kids, this is a great way to
sneak veggies into their diets. 😉 I have a 6 year old son and I just tricked
him into eating cauliflower the other night in a soup…..shhhhhhh don’t tell
him. Did you know that carrots are full of beta-carotene which help you
improve your eye sight. They are also contain vitamin A, which can protect
your skin from the sun’s damage. Ginger is great for healing inflammation in
your body and is used for it’s tummy soothing properties. That’s why your mom
always told you to drink ginger ale when you had a tummy ache. If you don’t
want to use bone broth in
your soup, you could easily substitute cashew cream or coconut milk in this
recipe. Happy Cooking!
xx Malika
Malika Smith is the
Blogger behind Everything’s
Better Sprouted
. A mother, foodie, and certified integrative
nutrition health coach, she’s passionate about eating real whole food that
tastes good! It’s hard to know what is and isn’t good for you with all the fad
diets these days,  and Malika uses her blog to help guide and inspire
you to live your healthiest life. To learn more about Everything’s Better
Sprouted, hop over to the website & find
her blog on social media: Facebook, TwitterInstagram, & Pinterest
You can also contact Malika
via email at: malika@everythingsbettersprouted.com.

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