Bake Your Own Bread

There is almost nothing better than freshly baked bread right out of the oven, smothered with butter. It’s a simple pleasure, perhaps not enjoyed often enough due to the facility of buying bread and the intimidation factor of baking one’s own. It’s time to stop depriving yourself of this daily joy! Here are a couple of quick breads that you can make with ingredients that are probably already lying around your kitchen.

No-Knead Bread:
Mark Bittman’s no-knead bread recipe changed my life. It all but eliminates the prolonged active involvement and wait time in baking a classic bread, the dough of which often needs rise to overnight and to be kneaded several times. This recipe works best if you have a dutch oven on hand. Try adding caramelized onions or olives to the dough for a special treat.

Naan:
Quick, easy, and satisfying, Naan is an Indian flat bread that you shouldn’t be afraid to try making at home. The best part is that the ideal size and shape of Naan is relatively free form; the more irregular they look, the more authentic they feel, so don’t worry too much about rolling them into perfect circles. Another plus is that you cook it on a skillet instead of in the oven, so cook-time is quicker. If you have additional dough, freeze it, and make a delicious, creative flatbread for an appetizer at your next dinner party.

Biscuits:
Okay, so I guess a biscuit isn’t technically bread, but it’s baked and flakey and downright delicious. I went through a brief stage in college when I was waking up early and baking biscuits for my housemates a couple of times a week (yes, I am the best roommate ever). They’re the perfect accompaniment to sausage, eggs, jam, or even for a makeshift homemade ice cream sandwich.

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