Second Road Test Recipe Posted

Well now that things are back on track I’m ready to ‘Bake It and Rate It ‘

the second recipes in The Great Soda Bread Road Test.
To get the recipe so you can trial it yourself you will find it in the Easy Bread Recipes
section and now all I have to do is get some of the stuff not in my pantry and tomorrow
I’ll be baking myself happy.

Homemade Bread Recipes: Bake It and Rate It

The first loaf in The Great Soda Bread Road Test is cooked (and eaten).

For a full rundown of how the loaf ranked in our Road Test take a look at this post.
If you need any more encouragement just check out this picture… Gotta love this job.
5cfcada9fadc845 The Great Soda Bread Road Test Loaf 1

Road Test?

Am considering doing a road test of Soda Bread recipes.

I have a couple already but really, really  need lots of different ones from all over the world.
Imagine having so any different kinds of homemade bread recipes.
International Soda Bread Road Test… hmm sounds interesting.  Want to play?

Store Bought Bread: What’s On The Label?

Still on my healthy bread quest and I came across this excellent post which gives you a crash course in understanding some of the most common inclusions in an ordinary loaf of bread you might buy at the supermarket.
It is called Bread: What Are Those Ingredients On The Labels?
Well worth the time to read it.  Why not read it right now?
And that brings me to another important point – a great way to start regaining sovereignty over the food you eat is to start reading labels.
WARNING: This takes time and some effort but it may just blow your mind when you begin the realise the ‘stuff’ that is actually in the food you eat.  Start with bread – it’s a basic food that can be healthy but so often isn’t.  Wouldn’t you feel better knowing that the bread you feed your family is actually exactly what it was intended to be – good for you?

I found this lovely little clip on YouTube – now I don’t know either of the brands of bread that Amy talks about because I live in Australia HOWEVER, one trip to the supermarket in town confirmed that things are much the same here as they are where you live.
If you skipped straight to the video before you read the post that’s OK – go and have a read now.
I’m trying to stick to the rule (as espoused by Real Food warrior Michael Pollan) don’t buy/eat anything with more than 5 ingredients! I can do that with homemade bread but if you are going to buy it – less is definitely more – fewer ingredients is more healthful when it come to REAL bread.
Between these two great resources I hope you get the message that making bread yourself or at least being really conscious of what you choose to buy at the supermarket can make a great deal of difference to who you end up becoming, after all – we are what we eat! Good luck and don’t give up checking those labels!

Thinking About Bread and Health

I’ve been thinking about bread again… of course!

I’m also always on the lookout for easy bread recipes to try my hand at and I think I’ve found one.  I’ll let you know how I go.
Meanwhile, because I just happened to be sitting at the computer, I thought I’d look for some good quotes about bread and this is the first one I stumbled across.

think bread when it comes to good health!

bread_slices-1.jpg homemade bread slices image by bour3
I like it – it’s almost good enough to be an affirmation only I’d add another word.  My affirmation might read something like this.
“Think homemade bread when it comes to good health. “
Looking at that I can see that you could add a whole lot of other words to make it even healthier, words like whole grain, or organic would make powerful additions.
What words would you add to make this quote feel just right for you?
I’d love to hear them.

Ever wondered about Soda Bread?

This is the first of our Homemade Bread Recipes because it’s absolutely fail safe!
That’s right, I challenge you to get it wrong.
Now if you ever wondered about Soda Bread here is what Wiki says.

Soda bread dates back to approximately 1840, when bicarbonate of soda was introduced to Ireland. Various forms of soda bread are popular throughout Ireland. Soda breads are made using either wholemeal or white flour. In Ulster the wholemeal variety is usually known as wheaten bread and normally sweetened, while the term “soda bread” is restricted to the white savoury form.

And now, before you begin, why not take a look at the YouTube below to get the lowdown on how it all comes together.

Keeping checking back for variations and suggestions to help you make
easy bread recipes that are as much fun to bake as they are to eat!