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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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                  The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                  The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                  Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                  your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                    Why You Need a Vision

                    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                    How to Create Your Life Vision

                    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                    What Do You Want?

                    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                    Some tips to guide you:

                    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                    • Give yourself permission to dream.
                    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                    Some questions to start your exploration:

                    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                    • What qualities would you like to develop?
                    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                    • What would you most like to accomplish?
                    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                    A few prompts to get you started:

                    • What will you have accomplished already?
                    • How will you feel about yourself?
                    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                    • What does your ideal day look like?
                    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                    • What would you be doing?
                    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                    • How are you dressed?
                    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                    Plan Backwards

                    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                    • What important actions would you have had to take?
                    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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