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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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                  20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

                  20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

                  Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

                  1. Make a gift bag.

                  A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

                  2. Give a toast.

                  Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

                  3. Write a poem.

                  “Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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                  4. Create your own labels.

                  There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

                  5. Give a gift card.

                  Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

                  6. Send a letter.

                  Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

                  7. Use social media to send a special message.

                  If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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                  8. Make your own digital greeting card.

                  While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

                  9. Make a YouTube video.

                  Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

                  10. Deliver cookies or candies.

                  Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

                  11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

                  There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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                  12. Put together a flower basket.

                  Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

                  13. Take a picture.

                  Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

                  14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

                  The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

                  15. Do something special for them.

                  Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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                  16. Reciprocate their help.

                  Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

                  17. Be there for them.

                  Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

                  18. Listen to them.

                  Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

                  19. Say it in another language…or two…

                  A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

                  20. Show them some love.

                  A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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