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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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                  8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                  8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                  In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                  Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                  Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                  Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                  Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                  The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                  There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                  How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                  According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                  Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                  Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                  The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                  Listen carefully:

                  We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                  The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                  Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                  8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                  There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                  Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                  1. Pray Daily

                  You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                  When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                  Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                  Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                  2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                  A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                  By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                  Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                  If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                  This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                  How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                  3. Smile Often

                  Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                  Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                  Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                  The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                  4. Organize Your Working Desk

                  A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                  When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                  Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                  Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                  5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                  I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                  Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                  What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                  6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                  God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                  I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                  I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                  7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                  You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                  How do you do that? This is my formula:

                  First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                  If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                  If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                  If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                  Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                  8. Go Exercise

                  Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                  The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                  You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                  12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                  The Bottom Line

                  It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                  It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                  Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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