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Transition from Store Bought to Homemade Breads & Bakery Goods

How often have you gone to a party or see a photo on Facebook showing mouth watering breads or baked goods? How often have you wished you were a super awesome person who seems to have a million hours in their life to do that? How often have you *sighed* drooling over the photos that seem too complicated for a person who well…sets off the fire alarm EACH time they turned on the oven?

I’m so mad I wasted money on a “cake pops” maker! It never occurred to me that people were just making them from cake and frosting! Aren’t you jealous of the blogs of Bakerella, for photos of ….

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the photos from Love From The Oven….

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or any one of these ladies that Love From The Oven lists in her post “My Favorite Bakers and Bloggers Must See Sites”. *drrrrroooooooool*

Anyway, I love those kinds of baked goods and I could never come up with anything that clever. I’ll just imitate! But what I really love is bread and the scent when I mix yeast together… ok, well I love to pat the “rise” too. Here are my recipe picks for all kinds of bread that I normally eat. Some I’ve tried, others I want to try (and shall!).

Breakfast:

The Fresh Loaf has a recipe perfected for English Muffins that while doesn’t boast all those “nooks and crannies”, tastes pretty good.

The Weekend Bakery braved Classic French Croissants! I am encouraged to, as they are my favorite pastry aside from Danishes. I had a job as a teen that took me past a donut shop that made croissants. Let’s just say I had a croissant and hot cocoa each morning. Luckily it was a summer camp job and I was walking to and from work too – love to burn those calories!

Lunch

My husband loves the touch of honeyed sweetness in this Whole Wheat Honey Bread from Tammy’s Recipes. I have a loaf sitting on the counter right now. It’s a rival to Hubby’s fav but super expensive $5.00 Russian Rye. Although the Russian Rye isn’t completely organic (without any chemicals) the cost for such a small loaf is outrageous when he goes through 1 a week. I NEED a homemade Russian Rye recipe please!

Aren’t Pita Bread and Tortillas almost the same? lol I did see a new post on a linky party this week that I might need to try out!

Need quick Hamburger/Hot Dog Buns? Look no further than Taste of Home. You can use these as dinner rolls too. I had problems with the recipe originally, but I tried it yesterday and they turned out awesome, more so than the 70+ ingredients in store bought buns – I think I may have had “timing” issues – not letting the yeast set long enough and not kneading it long enough.

Dessert!

I want to try out these Eclairs at The Fresh Loaf!

Crepes, sweet or savory! Although the first crepes were a better fit, Alton Brown’s were a better recipe.

A reader suggested I try out the Artisan Breads in 5 Minutes book, which I’ve heard of but haven’t read yet. It may give me more ideas. What are your favorite breakfast, lunch/dinner, dessert breads?

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