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Bachelor on the cheap: Make your own bread

Mike ThayerBy Mike Thayer

If you don't like to or have time to bake, then this isn't for you.  And sure, you can buy a loaf of bread at Aldi or the Dollar Tree for $1, but then again, you can buy a bag of flour and some yeast for about $2 at Aldi and make many loaves of bread!  All you knead (get it, 'knead'....  I crack myself up....), is a little time..... 

Below are two recipes, one for a simple cheesy bread, the other for a cinnamon bread, they are both pizza dough style breads, quick, easy, delicious!

Cheesy Bread

Ingredients

  • One packet of yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • One cup warm water
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • One teaspoon salt
  • One Tablespoon garlic powder
  • One Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Couple pinches of Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup Mozzarella cheese

Directions

Cheesy BreadPreheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a small bowl or cup, put the sugar in with the water, give it a little stir, add the packet of yeast and set aside TIP:  Yeast loves sugar, it rises more aggressively when sugar is added and doing the yeast separately like this helps in that process.  In a large bowl, put in the flour, salt, garlic powder and oregano, stir lightly to mix.  Add the cup of yeast water and start mixing to form into a dough.  I like to simply mix with a fork.  When the dough is starting to come together, add the olive oil.  You may have to add a little more warm water, what you're looking for is that dough to start forming into a ball, not too dry, but not too wet either.  Now it's time to use your hands to really shape that dough ball.  Oil your hands first, you don't want sticky dough fingers!  Once that dough ball is formed, place it in a warm place to rise.  This is where that time factor kicks in, waiting for the dough to rise.  I like to lightly oil a bowl using olive oil spray, place the dough ball in and then cover with some olive oil sprayed plastic wrap (so the dough ball doesn't stick to the wrap).  After that dough ball gets to at least double in size, place it on a lightly oiled (Olive) cookie sheet and spread it out to about a 1/2 inch in thickness.  Blind bake (no cheesy toppings yet) in the oven on a center rack (never bake bread on a rack that is placed low or high in the oven!) for about 10 minutes.  Pull from the oven and sprinkle with the Kosher salt, Parmesan cheese and the Mozzarella.  Bake for another 10 minutes, or until that Mozzarella is golden brown and delicious!  Slice into strips and serve.

There's nothing quite like the aroma of fresh baked bread coming from the kitchen, it's enticing! 

Simple Cinnamon Bread

Ingredients

  • One packet of yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • One cup warm water
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • One teaspoon salt
  • One cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Canola oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon

Directions

Cinnamon BreadPreheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a small bowl or cup, put the sugar in with the water, give it a little stir, add the packet of yeast and set aside TIP:  Yeast loves sugar, it rises more aggressively when sugar is added and doing the yeast separately like this helps in that process.  In a large bowl, put in the flour, salt and brown sugar, stir lightly to mix.  Add the cup of yeast water and start mixing to form into a dough.  I like to simply mix with a fork.  When the dough is starting to come together, add the vegetable oil.  You may have to add a little more warm water, what you're looking for is that dough to start forming into a ball, not too dry, but not too wet either.  Now it's time to use your hands to really shape that dough ball.  Oil your hands first, you don't want sticky dough fingers!  Once that dough ball is formed, place it in a warm place to rise.  This is where that time factor kicks in, waiting for the dough to rise.  I like to lightly oil a bowl using Canola oil spray (but regular vegetable oil will do), place the dough ball in and then cover with some Canola oil sprayed plastic wrap (so the dough ball doesn't stick to the wrap).  After that dough ball gets to at least double in size, place it on a lightly oiled cookie sheet and spread it out to about a 1/2 inch in thickness.  Combine the cinnamon and sugar and then sprinkle on the bread.  Bake in the oven on a center rack (never bake bread on a rack that is placed low or high in the oven!) for 20 minutes.  Slice into strips and serve.

Tell me you don't have time to make these breads, I dare you!

Enjoy.

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