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8 Easy And Delicious Bread Recipes

8 Easy And Delicious Bread Recipes

1. Ice Cream Bread

Ice Cream Bread

    Ingredients

    2 cups of ice cream

    1 1/2 cups of self-rising flour

    Any extras you desire!

    Steps

    1. Take your ice cream out of the freezer and allow it to thaw until it is smooth and creamy. You can use any flavor of ice cream you’d like!
    2. Preheat the oven to 350F.
    3. Place the thawed ice cream in a bowl and add in the self-rising flour. If you don’t have self-rising flour simply at 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder to regular flour.
    4. Mix the ingredients together and pour into a bread tin.
    5. Place in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes.

    You can decorate this bread however you would like, from adding sprinkles, fruit or chocolate drops!

    Time

    50-55 minutes

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    2. Mango Chocolate Bread

    Mango Chocolate Bread

      Ingredients

      2 cups whole wheat flour

      2 cups all-purpose flour

      1 teaspoon salt

      1 teaspoon cinnamon

      1/4 to 1/3 cup brown sugar

      1/2 cup lukewarm water

      2 tsp yeast

      1 cup puree mango

      5 tbsp melted butter

      3/4 cup chocolate chips

      confectioner’s sugar for dusting – this is optional!

      Steps

      1. Mix the flour, salt, cinnamon and sugar in a mixing bowl.
      2. Make a well in the middle, add the lukewarm water and sprinkle the yeast on top. Stir and leave until the yeast dissolves and bubbles start to appear.
      3. Slowly mix in the pureed mango.
      4. Add the melted butter and knead in for around 2-3 minutes.
      5. Knead in the chocolate chips.
      6. Take the dough out of the bowl, place it in a clean greased bowl, cover and leave at room temperature until doubled in volume. This could take between 1 1/2 hours to 2 1/2 hours.
      7. Shape the dough into a log and place on a baking sheet.
      8. Cover again and leave for 45 minutes to an hour. Preheat the oven to 425F.
      9. Cook for 35-40 minutes.
      10. Enjoy!

      Time

      1 3/4 hours-2 3/4 hours preparation time

      35-45 minutes cooking time

      3. Mennonite Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread

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      Mennonite Cinnamon Swirl Rasin Bread

        Ingredients

        Bread:

        1 2/3 cups very warm water

        1 packet yeast

        1/2 cup sugar

        1 12 teaspoon salt

        1/2 cup oil

        3-4 cups flour

        Cinnamon Swirl:

        1/4 cup brown sugar

        2 tablespoons cinnamon

        1 tablespoon butter, melted

        1/4 cup golden raisins

        Frosting:

        4 cups powdered sugar

        2 tablespoons melted butter

        1/4 cup karo syrup

        1/2 teaspoon vanilla

        2-3 tablespoons milk

        Steps

        1. In a large bowl whisk together the warm water and yeast. Add in the sugar, salt, and oil.
        2. Mix in the flour. Knead the dough for about four minutes, until it becomes elastic. Keep adding in flour if necessary to keep it from becoming too sticky.
        3. Cover with a clean towel and set in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours.
        4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a large rectangle that is about 5 inches wide, 12 inches long, and 1 1/2 inches thick.
        5. Mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter in a small, separate bowl. Sprinkle it across the center of your dough, leaving the edges clear.
        6. Sprinkle raisins across the top, and roll the dough tightly, pinching off the edges.
        7. Put the dough into a large bread tin which is sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Allow the bread to rise for another 45 minutes to 1 hour before baking.
        8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
        9. Bake bread in hot oven for 40-45 minutes, or just until the bread turns a deep, golden brown.
        10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few hours.
        11. During this time you can make the frosting. Beat all of the ingredients together until a thick frosting results. Spread onto cooled bread and leave for another hour to set.

        Time

        4-4 1/2 hours preparation time

        40-45 cooking time

        4. Cream Cheese Banana Bread

        Cream Cheese Banana Bread

          Ingredients

          Bread:

          1 large egg

          1/2 cup light brown sugar

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          1/4 cup granulated sugar

          1/4 cup liquid-state coconut oil

          1/4 cup cup sour cream

          2 teaspoons vanilla extract

          1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)

          1 cup all-purpose flour

          1/2 teaspoon baking powder

          1/2 teaspoon baking soda

          Pinch of salt to taste!

          Cream Cheese Filling:

          1 large egg

          4 ounces softened brick-style cream cheese)

          1/4 cup granulated sugar

          3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
          Steps

          1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray one bread tin with floured cooking spray.
          2.  In a large bowl, add the egg, sugars, coconut oil, sour cream, vanilla, and whisk to combine.Add the bananas and stir to incorporate.
          3. Add 1 cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, optional salt, and fold with spatula or stir gently with a spoon until just combined.
          4. Turn about two-thirds of the batter out into the prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula and pushing it into corners.
          5. For the cream cheese filling, add all ingredients and whisk to combine in a large bowl.
          6. Evenly pour filling mixture over the bread, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
          7. Top with remaining batter.
          8. Bake for about 48 to 50 minutes or until the top is domed, golden, and the center is set.
          9. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.

          Time

          10 minutes preparation time

          48-50 minutes cooking time

          5. Caramelized Peach Pull-Apart Bread

          Caramelized Peach Pull Apart Bread

            Ingredients

            Bread:

            1/4 cup warm water

            2-1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast

            4 tablespoons melted butter

            1/3 cup milk

            1 teaspoon vanilla extract

            2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (plus 1/4 cup or more, if needed)

            1/4 cup sugar

            1/2 teaspoon salt

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            2 eggs

            Filling:

            3/4 cup brown sugar

            2 teaspoons cinnamon

            pinch of salt

            3 tablespoons butter, melted

            3-4 small ripe peaches, finely chopped

            Glaze:

            2 tablespoons butter

            1/2 cup brown sugar

            2 tablespoons milk

            Steps

            1. Combine warm water and yeast.
            2. Melt the butter in a microwave dish. Stir in milk and vanilla.
            3. Add flour, sugar, and salt on top of water/yeast mixture in mixing bowl.
            4. Turn mixer on low, add eggs, then stream in milk, butter and vanilla mixture slowly until dough starts to form.
            5. Add flour by the tablespoon until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and forms a ball. Turn mixer up to medium speed and knead 3 minutes.
            6. Cover and allow to rise for 90 minutes.
            7. Mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt for the filling in a small bowl.
            8. Prepare the peaches and melt butter, and grease your bread tin.
            9. Turn risen dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out into a large rectangle with rather thin dough.
            10. Brush dough with melted butter and sprinkle the entire with your cinnamon sugar mixture.
            11. Using a pizza wheel, cut dough into equal-sized, long strips, about 3-4 inches wide. Sprinkle the first strip with a small amount of the chopped peaches. Lay the next strip on top of the first strip. Continue until all the strips are stacked on top of each other.
            12. Cut the stacked strips into 4-6 equal stacks of squares (about 4-5 inches in size). Stack the squares vertically into prepared loaf pan. Cover and let rise 30-45 minutes. Preheat oven to 350F.
            13. Bake the bread on the middle rack of oven 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
            14. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Prepare the glaze by adding the butter, brown sugar and milk to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute.
            15. Turn loaf out onto a rack with parchment paper underneath it. Drizzle the loaf with the warm caramel glaze.

            Time

            2-2 1/2 hours preparation time

            40-45 minutes cooking time

            6. Banana Bread

            Banana Bread

              Ingredients

              1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

              2 large eggs

              1 cup sugar

              1/2 teaspoon salt

              1 teaspoon baking soda

              3 medium bananas

              8 Tablespoons butter or margarine

              1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

              Steps

              1. Mix together cream, sugar and butter.
              2. Mash the bananas and add to the mix.
              3. Beat and add the eggs.
              4. Slowly add the flour, salt, and baking soda. You can also fold in some walnuts at this point.
              5. Pour into a loaf pan.
              6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 50 minutes.

              Time

              10-15 minutes preparation time

              40-50 minutes cooking time

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              7. Cheesy Garlic Bread

              Cheesy Garlic Bread

                Ingredients

                500g strong white bread flour

                1 1/2 teaspoon fast-action yeast

                1 teaspoon salt

                2 tablespoon olive oil

                1 tablespoon clear honey

                2 crushed garlic cloves

                25g soft butter

                100g grated mature cheddar

                handful thyme leaves

                Steps

                1. Measure the flour, yeast and salt into a large bowl.
                2. Mix 300ml of hot water with the oil and honey in a jug, then pour into the dry mix, stirring all the time to make a soft dough.
                3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, then knead for 5 minutes until the dough no longer feels sticky, sprinkling with a little more flour as you need it.
                4.  Stretch it to fit the Swiss roll tin.
                5. Mix the garlic with the butter, then dot over the dough.
                6. Sprinkle over the cheese and thyme.
                7. Cover the bread with lightly oiled cling film, then leave in a warm place to rise for 40 minutes.
                8. Heat oven to 200C. Remove the cling film, then bake the bread for 30 minutes until golden.
                9. Leave the bread to cool for 10 minutes, then cut into pieces and serve.

                Time

                20 minutes preparation time

                30 minutes cooking time

                8. Sourdough Bread

                Sourdough Bread

                  Ingredients

                  3 cups bread flour

                  500 gram plain unsweetened Greek yogurt with active cultures

                  1/2 to 1 cup sour cream

                  1 teaspoon salt to taste

                  scant 1 teaspoon instant dry yeast

                  Steps

                  1. Mix flour, Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup sour cream, salt, and yeast on low speed for around 5-7 minutes, or 10 minutes by hand.
                  2. Add sour cream  until dough is very moist and wet.
                  3. Remove dough from the mixing bowl, spray a large bowl with cooking spray, pat dough into a round ball, place it in the bowl, and lightly cover in oil. Cover bowl and leave for 6-8 hours until it has doubled in size.
                  4. Place dough on floured surface and knead lightly for about 2 to 3 minutes.
                  5. Place dough back in covered bowl for 1-2 hours.
                  6. Preheat oven to 450F and place a heavy-bottomed skillet into the oven and allow it to heat for about 45 minutes.
                  7. Once bread is ready, place oven paper on the skillet – be careful, as it will be very hot – and put bread on top. Put on lid and cook for 30 minutes.
                  8. After 30 minutes, uncover and allow bread to bake uncovered for 5 to 10 minutes
                  9. Remove skillet from oven, and remove bread from skillet. Place it on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

                  Time

                  10 minutes preparation time, not including rising time

                  35-40 minutes cooking time

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                  How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                  How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                  Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life. To control your thoughts means to influence the way you live your life.

                  Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affects your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality)

                  I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive, and just a general waste of energy.

                  You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                  Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Be someone who can control your thoughts—become the master of your mind.

                  When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                  I currently have a few thoughts that are not of my choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                  Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                  Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in control of your thoughts.

                  If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                  Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create unhealthy and unproductive thoughts.

                  1. The Inner Critic

                  This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                  • Other people’s words—many times your parents
                  • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples’ expectations
                  • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media
                  • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                  The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance, and lack of self-love.

                  Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is youwhy else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                  2. The Worrier

                  This person lives in the future—in the world of “what ifs.”

                  The Worrier is motivated by fear, which is often irrational and has no basis. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                  3. The Reactor or Troublemaker

                  This is the one that triggers anger, frustration, and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                  This person can be set off by words or feelings and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                  The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control. He is run by past programming that no longer serves you—if it ever did.

                  4. The Sleep Depriver

                  This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                  The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                  • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                  • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                  • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity, and generalized anxiety
                  • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                  How can you control these squatters?

                  How to Master Your Mind

                  You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You can control your thoughts, but you must pay attention to them so you can identify “who” is running the show—this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                  Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                  There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                  • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                  • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                  This second option is what is known as peace of mind.

                  The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go-to” thoughts in applicable situations.

                  Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                  1. For the Inner Critic

                  When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                  You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                  For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                  You can also have a dialogue with yourself to discredit the ‘voice’ that created the thought—if you know whose voice it is:

                  “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                  If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready.

                  This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                  • They rile up the Worrier.
                  • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                  • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                  • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                  • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                  Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                  Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                  2. For the Worrier

                  Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally, and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                  Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind, and creates anxiety in the body. This may make it more difficult for you to control your thoughts effectively.

                  You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                  • Muscles tense

                  Use the above-stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time, you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                  If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                  Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                  “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                  Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense. Both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                  If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

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                  Now, take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like! Do it until you feel that you’re close to being in control of your thoughts.

                  Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                  For example: If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                  “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place.

                  Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                  Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                  “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                  Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                  3. For the Troublemaker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                  Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers. But until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                  The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain.

                  I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                  Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds—just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                  Breathe in through your nose:

                  • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                  • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                  • Focus on your belly rising.

                  Breathe out through your nose:

                  • Feel your lungs emptying.
                  • Focus on your belly falling.
                  • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                  Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize. Now, you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior, and you’ll be more in control of your thoughts.

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                  One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                  Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                  4. For the Sleep Depriver

                  (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher, and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                  I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                  Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                  1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                  2. Then I came up with a replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                  When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and thoughts, and I choose quiet.

                  From the first time I tried this method, I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                  For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (closed, of course). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                  If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                  You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                  • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon
                  • Shut down your thinking
                  • Calm your feelings
                  • Simply focus on the present moment

                  The Bottom Line

                  Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or destructive purposes.

                  You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable, and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                  Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. You can be in control of your thoughts. The choice is yours!

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