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Easy Homemade French Bread

Easy Homemade French Bread

Easy Homemade French Bread is simple to make and tastes better than store bought. Fluffy on the inside and a crunchy crust this bread is sure to become a household favourite! I love baking bread at home! It’s easier to do than you think and 

Christmas Bread

Christmas Bread

If you’ve been follow my blog for a while now you know I have a thing for rainbow bread. With the Holiday Season in full swing I wanted to do a bread in Christmas colours. I introduce to you my Christmas Bread. A French loaf 

Pretzel Bread

Pretzel Bread

I’m pretty sure I have an addition to pretzels. Over the last two months I have made pretzel buns, homemade soft pretzels, and now pretzel bread. Just like the name states this is a loaf bread made in the pretzel style. The loaf itself is medium sized, has a chewy salty outside, and an incredibly soft and fluffy texture inside. If you love pretzels you will not be disappointed!

You’ll be surprised how easy this bread is to make. I made it earlier this week while I had four toddlers in the house and there was no issues. My kids love baking bread! They get so excited every time I pull the stand mixer down. They’re also getting really good at pouring the ingredients into the bow,l and every time we bake we have fewer and fewer messes.

How to Make Pretzel Bread

Making the Dough

Start by activating the yeast. Do this by measuring out 1 and 1/4 cup of warm water (bath temperature) and mix in the yeast and sugar. Let this sit for 10 minutes, you will see a layer of foam form when activated.

While the yeast is activating, mix together flour and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer with the dough hook on. You can mix and knead by hand for this recipe as well, I just prefer my stand mixer.

When the yeast has been activated add it to the flour along with the melted butter. Start on a low speed setting and mix until the dough begins to form. Check the doughs consistency, you want it to be only slightly sticky and pull alway from the sides of the bowl to come together into one large piece.

After dough has come together continue on medium high speed kneading for 5 minutes. Remove the dough, grease the bowl, and add the dough back in. Spin it around a few times to grease the top of the dough ball. Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and let rise for an hour or until doubled in size.

Shaping the Bread

After rising, gently punch the dough down, remove from the bowl, and place onto a lightly floured surface. Knead by hand for a minute and form into a round ball. Do this by pulling at the sides and tucking the access dough under. Once the ball is formed place on the counter with the tucked side down. Cup the dough with both hands and turn the ball in one direction. This will help tighten the shape. Keep doing this for about a minute or until you feel some tension in the dough.

Cup with both hands, I just couldn’t take a picture with both hands on the dough.

Place the dough ball on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and place somewhere warm to rise for an additional 30 minutes.

Boiling and Baking

Preheat your oven to 425 F. In a large pot bring water and baking soda to a boil. You want to use a large pot because the baking soda water makes lots of bubbles.

Once water reaches a rapid boil lower in the pretzel top side down. Boil for 30 seconds then flip and boil the other side for 30 seconds. Carefully remove the bread and place on the parchment paper.

Using a sharp knife score an X patter on the top and generously sprinkle with course sea salt.

Bake for 30 minutes or until a dark golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Bake them on your own or bake them with your kids, either way I’m sure you’ll love with this Pretzel Bead!

If you make this bread you can tag me on Instagram @jessiebakestreats and leave me a review below. I’d love to hear from you!

For more ideas you can follow me on Pinterest.

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Pretzel Bread sliced

Pretzel Bread

Jessie M
Chewy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. This pretzel bread recipe is beyond delicious. It can be used for sandwich bread or just eaten on its own.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Rising Time 1 hr 30 mins
Servings 1 loaf

Ingredients
  

Pretzel Bread Dough

  • 1 & 1/4 C warm water
  • 2 & 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1/4 C butter melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 3 & 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil for greasing the bowl

Boiling the Pretzel Bread

  • 2/3 C baking soda
  • 10 C water
  • Coarse sea salt for sprinkling on top

Instructions
 

Making the Pretzel Dough

  • In a small measuring cup add warm water, yeast, and sugar. Gently stir and set aside for 10 minutes. This will activate the yeast and you will see and you will see a foam form.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, add in the flour and the salt, mix together. After yeast has activated add the yeast mixture into the flour and the melted butter.
  • Using your dough hook mix on a low speed until dough is formed. You want to dough to form one cohesive ball that is not sticky and manageable to touch, and no flour/dough sticking to the sides or bottom. .Once dough is formed continue kneading for another 5 minutes on medium high speed.
  • Remove dough from bowl and add about 1/2 tbsp of oil (olive/vegetable) to grease the bowl. Once greased add dough back in the bowl. Flip dough over a few times to grease to top of the ball. Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and place somewhere warm to rise. Let rise for an hour or until dough has doubled in size.

Shaping the Pretzel Bread

  • Once dough has doubled in size gently punch it down, remove from bowl, and place on a lightly floured work surface.
  • Knead dough by hand for a minute.
  • Form dough into a round loaf ball. Do this by pulling at the dough to form a ball and tucking the extra dough underneath. Once the ball is formed place on the counter with the tucked end side down. Cup the dough with both hands and turn the ball in one direction. This will help tighten the shape. Keep doing this for about a minute or until you feel some tension in the dough.
  • Place the dough ball on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and place somewhere warm to rise for an additional 30 minutes.

Boiling the Bead

  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • In a large pot bring water and baking soda to a boil. You want to use a large pot because the baking soda water makes lots of bubbles.
  • Once water reaches a rapid boil lower in the pretzel top side down. Boil for 30 seconds then flip and boil the other side for 30 seconds. Carefully remove the bread and place on the parchment paper.
  • Using a sharp knife score an X patter on the top and generously sprinkle with course sea salt.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until a dark golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Pretzel Bread is best served the day it is made. 
It can be stored at room temperature but the salt will begin to dissolve on the second day.
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Jack O’lantern Halloween Focaccia Bread

Jack O’lantern Halloween Focaccia Bread

This Jack O’lantern Halloween Focaccia Bread is a great alternative for Halloween themed sweet treats. I know this time of year most of us eat more sugar than usual. This bread still has the Halloween theme, it’s super cute, and best of all it is 

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Homemade Soft Pretzels

These homemade soft pretzels are salty on the outside and soft on the inside. They are easy to make and are a delicious savoury treat! I love soft pretzels and homemade ones taste even better! How to Make Homemade Pretzels To make these pretzels first you 

Apple Cinnamon Bread

Apple Cinnamon Bread

This apple cinnamon bread is moist and soft, has a hidden inside layer of apples with cinnamon sugar, and a crunchy apple cinnamon sugar top. This bread is not only delicious but it also makes my house smell amazing while baking.

It is a great recipe to bake with kid because it offers lots of opportunities for adding ingredients, mixing, and they can be a great help when constructing the apple bread in the loaf pan.

apple cinnamon bread

How to Make the Apple Bread

Preheat the oven to 350F.Grease your loaf pan and line the bottom and long sides with parchment paper, leaving a little bit of over hang on the sides. This makes sure the bread will not stick to the bottom and you can easily remove the loaf from the pan.

Start by peeling and cut your apples into small chunks. Then in a small bowl mix together brown sugar and cinnamon, set aside as well.

In a large bowl or in your stand mixer bowl with the paddle attachment on, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. This usually takes 2-3 minutes. Add in the vanilla and eggs. Mix again. Add in dry ingredients, mix just until they start to come together. Add in the milk and mix till everything is well combined.

Pour half of the batter in the pan, add half the apples, and sprinkle on half the brown sugar mixture. Using the back of a spoon or spatula gently press the apples and sugar into the batter.

Then complete this step again with the remaining batter, apples, and brown sugar mixture.

Then bake for 55 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to fully cool on a wire wrack.

apple cinnamon bread

Storing the Bread

This bread is best served on the same day it’s made. To store, cover with plastic wrap and keep at room temperature up to three days. After the first day the bread is still good but the top will become moist and not have any crunch left.

What Type of Apples Should I Use?

You can you any type of apple you like! Unlike apple pie or apple crisp that require you to use baking apples this recipe can be made with any apple you have on hand. Since we do not need the apples to keep their shape while baking the apple type you use will not matter. I have made it with baking apples and non baking apples it it works great with both varieties.

Bake them on your own or bake them with your kids, either way I’m sure you’ll love with these Apple Cinnamon Bread!

If you make this bread you can tag me on Instagram @jessiebakestreats and leave me a review below. I’d love to hear from you!

For more ideas you can follow me on Pinterest.

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Apple Cinnamon Bread

Jessie M
This apple cinnamon bread consist of a moist cake with a layer of apples with cinnamon sugar hidden inside and a crispy apple cinnamon sugar layer on top.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Course dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 loaf

Ingredients
  

  • 1 & 1/2 C apples cut into small pieces about 1 large apple
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 C butter at room temperature
  • 2/3 C white sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 C milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and line loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Peel and cut your apple into small chunks, set aside.
    1 & 1/2 C apples cut into small pieces
  • In a small bowl, whisk brown sugar and cinnamon together and set aside.
    1/2 C brown sugar, 1 & 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • In your stand mixer with your paddle attachment on (can be done by hand as well) beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
    1/2 C butter, 2/3 C white sugar
  • Add in eggs and vanilla extract and mix till well combined.
    2 large eggs, 1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Add the flour and baking powder, mix slightly, add in milk, and mix until everything is combined.
    1 & 1/2 C all purpose flour, 1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 C milk
  • Pour half of the batter in the loaf pan.
  • Add half the apples on top of the batter and gently press then down. Add half the brown sugar mixture and spread it on top of the apples.
  • Top with the remaining batter, followed by remaining apples, and brown sugar.
  • Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10 minutes in the loaf pan then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Enjoy!
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Pretzel Buns

Pretzel Buns

Chewy and salty on the outside and soft on the inside. These homemade pretzel buns are delicious and easy to make. They can be enjoyed on their own or used as a bun for sandwiches or hamburgers. I LOVE pretzel buns. You can use them 

Tie Dye Rainbow Bread

Tie Dye Rainbow Bread

Tie dye rainbow bread is a French bread that has a tie dye pattern on the inside. The bread has a fluffy and soft interior and a crunchy crust. Each bread slice is different than the other and has a gorgeous tie dye pattern. Baking 

Rainbow French Bread

Rainbow French Bread

Rainbow French Bread, how I love you so. This has to be my favourite thing to bake with my toddlers. It’s not only beautiful, it’s delicious and it’s fun to make! The variety of colours and thickness of the swirls are endless and every time we bake rainbow bread it always looks different.

There are quite a few steps and takes a bit of time but it’s quite easy to make. The hardest part of this recipe is mixing the food colouring into the dough. Once you have the dough made and kneaded you will want to separate into individual balls. I find that four balls/colours works best but you can always play around and see what you like best.

How to Make Rainbow Bread

I use a stand mixer to mix up my dough but you can do it by hand as well. To start add the water, yeast, and sugar together let it rest for 10 minutes to activate the yeast. You’ll know it’s activated when the top of the mixture has a bubbly foam.

Add in the oil, salt, and flour. I always add an extra 1-2 tbsp of water to get the bread to combine. You want the dough to form one ball and not stick to the bowl. Once formed, knead the dough for six minutes.

After kneading divide the dough into four balls. One ball at a time, mix in the food colouring. I find it takes 1/2-1 tsp of food colouring per each dough ball to get my desired colour. You will want to make sure you choose bright colours, I like to use Club House’s neon food colouring. Kneading the colour in takes a bit of time and you want to make sure the dough is full saturated. My toddlers love to help squish the dye in and play with the coloured dough balls.

After the dough is coloured it does a double rise. I grease two large bowls with vegetable oil and place two dough balls per bowl.

Once risen it’s time to create the loaf. To do this use a rolling pin and roll each ball into a rectangle. Try and keep all the rectangles the same size (it does not have to be perfect). For more thin swirls roll the dough quite thin, for chunkier swirls keep the dough thicker. You can play around to see what you like better and change it up next time.

Once rolled out layer the dough on top of each other and roll it together starting on one of the long sides. Once the dough is rolled into a loaf pinch the bottom seem together. Then pinch in the ends and tuck/pinch them into the bottom of the loaf. Cover the loaf with a kitchen towel and let rise for another 30 minutes.

After the loaf rises for the last time you will add the egg wash and add the slashes. Then just bake, slightly cool, and enjoy your homemade rainbow bread. The best part is cutting it open and seeing your beautiful rainbow pattern inside.

Bake them on your own or bake them with your kids, either way I’m sure you’ll love with this Rainbow French Bread!

If you make this bread you can tag me on Instagram @jessiebakestreats and leave me a review below. I’d love to hear from you!

For more ideas you can follow me on Pinterest.

Rainbow French Bread

Jessie M
Crusty on the outside, soft and colourful on the inside. This Rainbow French Loaf is as beautiful as it is tasty.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Rising Time 2 hrs
Servings 1 loaf

Ingredients
  

  • 2 & 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 & 1/4 C warm water
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 C all purpose flour
  • 4 tsp food colouring multiple colours

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp cold water

Instructions
 

  • In your stand mixer with the dough hook attachment on add yeast, warm water, and sugar into the bowl and stir together. Let sit for 10 minutes or until the yeast is activated and there is bubbling foam on top of the mixture.
  • Once yeast has been activated add in oil, salt, and 2 cups of flour. Mixing everything together and when combined add the remaining cup of flour. If dough is not coming together add in a tbsp of warm water and mix again. Continue doing this until dough is firm and sticks together. If dough is too sticky add small amounts of flour.
  • Once the dough is the right texture (forms into one cohesive ball) continue kneading the dough in your stand mixer on a medium setting for 6 minutes. You will know when the bread is well kneaded when you press down on the dough with your finger tip and it bounces back up.
  • Remove dough from the bowl and divide dough into four equal pieces. You can do this with a scale but I just eyeball it. (You can do as many pieces or colours as you like but I find four works best).
  • Take one ball and add 1/2 tsp of food colouring into the dough ball. Knead the colour in by hand. You want to knead the food colouring until the dough is a solid colour. This does take a lot of time and you may have to add more food colouring in.
  • Continue this step for the remaining three dough balls using a different colour for each ball.
  • Once the dough has been dyed it is time to let it rise. Grease two large bowls with vegetable oil and place two dough balls per bowl inside. Turn dough over in the bowls to coat the top with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and let it rise in a warm location until it has doubled in size, about an hour.
  • After an hour gently punch each ball down, cover, and let rise again for another 30 minutes.
  • After the second rise remove dough from the bowls and place on the counter. Using a rolling pin flatten each ball into a rectangle. Try and get the rectangles do all be similar lengths and widths (it doesn't have to be perfect).
  • Lay each dough rectangle on top of each other trying to line up the edges.
  • Starting at one of the long edges, roll the dough together so it creates a loaf. Pinch the seem and ends together, and tuck them together underneath the loaf.
  • Place on a lined baking sheet, cover with a kitchen towel, and let rise for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Create an egg wash by mixing the egg white and cold water together. Uncover and brush egg wash over the loaf.
  • Using a sharp knife make diagonal slashes 2 in. apart across top of the loaf.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and bread has a hollow sound when tapped on.
  • Cool before slicing.
  • Enjoy!
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