We’re over halfway through November; the month is quickly coming to a close. The days are cold and windy, the nights more so. Winter has certainly arrived even if we haven’t seen a hint of snow yet, there’s no denying that it is here.
To me, nothing says winter quite like the smell of fresh baked bread in the morning with the windows fogged up from the heat inside, frost or snow on the grass. Sure, you can bake bread year round, but I love baking bread during the winter and sharing it with friends and family around the dinner table. Is it because I put my heart into baking and it’s like sharing the love? Who knows. Have you baked your own bread? No? Why not start now? It definitely beats being outside in this cold, windy weather.
Not only is the weather rubbish but it is also Homemade Bread day. If you have no other reason to make bread let it be to celebrate today!
Classic White loaf
If you’re new to bread baking there’s no better recipe to master than a simple white loaf. Don’t be fooled, even without bells and whistles simple can taste good too! This recipe from Baking Mad is easy to follow and produces a hearty crusted top with a soft and spongy body – my favourite type. All thats left to do is decide just how much butter. One thing is for sure, master this and you’ll never want shop bought loaf again.
Butterscotch Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread
For me, nothing quite says winter than the smell of baked cinnamon. In the colder, winter months my house is covered with cinnamon and spiced apple candles, it just gives that warming feeling, reminding me of family, log fires, home and cosiness. Baking is often therapeutic, particularly the kneading of dough but if that isn’t enough, cinnamon is renowned for its health benefits including lifting fatigue and low spirits – the perfect excuse to try this winter recipe from handle the heat.
Best Ever Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting
This great Banana bread recipe from Sally’s baking addiction is a twist on the classic with the addition of cream cheese icing and a sprinkle of pecan nuts. With four whole bananas included and brown instead of white sugar, this recipe provides a lovely sweet and moist sponge result. There are some great reviews and I have to say, i’ll be adding it to my list of recipes to try.
I guess one of the reasons I love making bread is because it’s so versatile, not just because of the ingredients you can use but because of the many different ways it can be eaten, either as part of a meal or snack. It carries a lot of history, being one of the earliest staple foods for man worldwide and appeals to us all because of taste or smell. With so many recipes to choose from, the possibilities for bread baking are endless.