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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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                  Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                  How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                  How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                  You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                  We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                  The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                  Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                  1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                  Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                  For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                  • (1) Research
                  • (2) Deciding the topic
                  • (3) Creating the outline
                  • (4) Drafting the content
                  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                  • (6) Revision
                  • (7) etc.

                  Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                  2. Change Your Environment

                  Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                  One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                  3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                  Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                  Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                  My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                  Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                  4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                  If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                  Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                  I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                  5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                  I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                  Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                  As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                  6. Get a Buddy

                  Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                  I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                  7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                  This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                  For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                  8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                  What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                  9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                  If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                  Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                  10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                  Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                  Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                  11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                  At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                  Reality check:

                  I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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