March 8, 2017 Sarah Lefebvre

Flour Power

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Bread has been around since pretty much the beginning of time. After doing a little research, I found that it is believed that Egyptians invented it around 300 BC. It’s so old that no one really knows for sure.

I’ve definitely been on a baking kick recently. I love cooking (obviously) but there is something about baking that completely relaxes me. My new baking excuse is bread!

I remember when I was egg-944495_960_720a little girl, I would always be baking bread. My grandmother and I would constantly use her bread maker, or even better, during the Christmas season we would make delicious cardamom bread for all our friends and family. I remember still being a child and my neighbors inviting me over to bake bread  just for fun. I even remember spending all my loose change at the third grade bake sale to buy as many slices as possible of my teacher’s homemade cinnamon bread. I have very fond memories of baking, and they have resonated with me through the years.

Amish White Bread

Amish White Bread

Yet, I have always been a little weary about baking bread on my own. I’ll be honest; yeast scares me! I still to this day get nervous when using it. But there is nothing better than homemade bread. Store-bought is great, but nothing compares to homemade. Let’s put it this way: when I eat white bread from the store, I usually need to at least slather some butter on it. But when I bake my own, like this simple Amish White Bread, I could eat the whole loaf plain!

However, baking bread with yeast is very time-consuming. In today’s world of busy schedules, time is a hard thing to find! Since I shy away from yeast in general, I’ve found quite a few bread recipes that don’t require it! These breads are perfect for breakfasts and snacks. They’ve become a staple to my everyday eating routine.

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

First, I just have to share my all-time favorite with you. Banana Bread. It is insanely simple to make, and absolutely delicious. It’s also a perfect way to get rid of those over-ripe bananas! I also like that I can do a lot with this bread. I can make it plain, or I can add chocolate chips or walnuts to spice it up a little! It’s also dense enough that it can go in the toaster, which I absolutely love. I also found another recipe on the Forq app for banana bread, however this one has added protein to give you that extra boost! Perfect Protein Banana Bread will help you start your day off right; next time I have some over-ripe bananas I am definitely going to give this one a try.

Another bread I love to make that is very similar to banana bread is Zucchini Bread. Don’t worry, this bread does not have an over-whelming zucchini-2054823_960_720zucchini taste. It is very similar to banana bread in texture, but I definitely recommend adding chocolate chips to this bread because the zucchini is not a natural sweetener like the bananas. Another trick I like to do to sweeten up my breads a bit is sprinkle raw sugar on the top. It makes a nice, sweet crust that I definitely prefer!

The last sweet bread that I am going to

Sliced apples

Sliced apples

share with you is the classic Apple Bread. I have had tons of variations on this recipe, and they have all been amazing! To me, anything with apples in it is a big hit. I found this one on the Forq app, of course, and it is very simple but very tasty! I can’t wait to make this and sit down with a cup of tea and a slice of warm apple bread. Yum!

There are tons more recipes for tasty bread on the Forq app. And of course, if you have a favorite bread recipe, please share it on the app! I’d love to try it, and I know a lot of the foodie friends would too!

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