White Sandwich Bread

In honor of #WorldSandwichDay and #NationalSandwichDay I’m going to share a recipe for my standard white sandwich bread. I bake this using a 12 inch loaf pan to make a loaf typical of the size you’d buy in the grocery store.  I bought my pan on Amazon if you need one. Regular bread is not very expensive. However, we eat a lot of sandwiches in this house and we all like the bakery style bread which costs a million times more than regular bread. I’ve found that if you like making your own bread and will do it often, it’s really pretty cheap to make. You always, ALWAYS use bread flour for sandwich bread. Bread flour contains a higher protein amount than all-purpose flour and will give you a better rise with your yeast. I would also recommend purchasing a jar of yeast and measuring it out instead of buying a bunch of single use packets. The ingredients are really simple, other than the flour and yeast you most likely have everything you need. There are no mystery ingredients, weird chemicals, or preservatives in home made bread. It’s really a good investment in your time to make bread for your family.

White Sandwich Bread

White Sandwich Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. yeast
  • 1 T. salt
  • 2 T. oil
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 2 1/4 c. water
  • 5-6 c. bread flour

Instructions

  1. Add sugar to your mixer.
  2. Microwave water for 90 seconds and add to sugar and dissolve.
  3. Add yeast and let sit (do not stir) for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Add salt, oil, and half of the flour and stir until combined.
  5. Add in remaining flour and stir until combined.
  6. Grease dough hook and let the mixer knead the dough for 10 minutes on medium, adding flour until the dough is not (super) sticky.
  7. Grease a large bowl and add dough ball, then cover with a towel and let rise for 1 hour.
  8. Punch the bread down to reduce air pockets then roll or hand flatten on a well-floured surface into a thick rectangle.
  9. Fold the dough inwards and pinch off the seams until you have a loaf shape. If you don't know how to do this there are a lot of YouTube videos demonstrating how to shape a bread loaf.
  10. Lay your dough in the 12 inch pan, cover with a towel and let rise for 1 hour.
  11. Preheat oven to 350*F and bake for 40 minutes.
https://sugaredkitchen.com/white-sandwich-bread/

Gondola Bread

I think we’ve already discussed how much I love bread. This gondola bread is my most favorite bread I’ve ever had. EVER HAD. It’s so delicious, I’ve never had time to actually make a gondola with it because it’s gone almost immediately. You only need a few ingredients, and as it’s a shaped bread, you don’t need any special bread pans, just a baking or cookie sheet.

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Gondola Bread

Gondola Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 c. water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 T. oil
  • 3 1/2 c. bread flour
  • 1 tsp. yeast

Instructions

  1. Add the sugar to your mixing bowl.
  2. Heat the water in the microwave for 60 seconds, then add to the mixing bowl and dissolve the sugar.
  3. Add the yeast and let sit (do not stir) for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Add in salt, oil, and beaten egg to mixing bowl.
  5. Spray your dough hook with cooking spray and add in half the flour. Stir with a spoon until ingredients are combined.
  6. Add in remaining flour and stir.
  7. Turn on the mixer and let it knead for 10 minutes, adding small amounts of flour until the dough is not (super) sticky.
  8. Spray a large bowl with non-stick spray and place dough ball inside. Cover with a towel for 1 hour to rise.
  9. Once risen, shape dough into 3 long and thin loaves, or 5 smaller loaves on a baking sheet.
  10. Cover with a towel and let rise for 1 more hour.
  11. Preheat oven to 350*F and bake for 12-15 minutes.
https://sugaredkitchen.com/gondola-bread/

Halloween Treats

I’ve been a busy baker this weekend, making several treats for a military Halloween party. If you haven’t make any treats for your own party yet, here are a few recipes you might want to try. I made all of these from recipes found on Pinterest, and I’m pretty happy with all of them. The links to the recipes will be at the bottom of this post.  If you don’t have much time, you might want to try these mummy (or ghost) rice crispy treats! You can make your own treats, or buy a box of individually wrapped ones (that’s what I did). You simply dip them in melted white chocolate or almond bark, and place two mini chocolate chips for eyes. The recipe called for making your own using icing but I found using the chips to be a lot quicker. You could use other candy for this as well, such as mini M&Ms.  Here’s my results for my mummies:

 

 

 

 

 

I also made a batch of Nestle chocolate chip cookies using their new Triple Chip bag (dark, milk, and white chocolate). My go-to chocolate chip recipe is always the one on the package (minus the nuts), it’s SO good! I then used a little food coloring to give them a slight orange color.

 

 

 

 

 

The treats that took the longest, were the sugar cookies. I tried a new recipe this time and my cookies held their shape! I normally glaze my cookies but I wanted to try to use royal icing (for the first time).  It was definitely a fun process and I’m sure I will do most of my cookies this way in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Halloween!

Rice Krispie Mummies

Sugar Cookies

Royal Icing

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

It’s officially fall and Halloween is right around the corner. I’ve always enjoyed things pumpkin spice and this quick bread tops them all. It’s easy to make and is so good, people will think you bought it from a bakery.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 3/4 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c. oil
  • 1/4 c. orange juice
  • 2/3 c. mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Spray 8x4 loaf pan with non-stick spray. Mix sugars, oil, juice, and pumpkin in a large bowl. Add in remaining ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour into pan and bake for 60 minutes then cool completely.
https://sugaredkitchen.com/chocolate-chip-pumpkin-bread/

DIY Teething Crib Guard for $3

I really enjoy doing crafts and DIY projects but I’ve been really busy these past few weeks. I didn’t have a choice with this project however. A few weeks ago, I heard my son wake up from an afternoon nap and when I walked into his room-he was standing in his crib staring at me (for the first time).

This took me by surprise because he was only 7 months old and had just started sitting and crawling a few weeks prior. Man, do they grow up fast! At his next nap, I heard a noise, and he was standing and chewing on his front crib rail. He’d only been at it a few minutes, but had already had 20 or so marks on the rail where the paint had been removed.

I’m a first-time parent so the thought of my child eating their bed didn’t really cross my mind at the time. I will be better prepared the next go-around though, ha!

My normal course of action would be to order a crib guard from Amazon, but I couldn’t wait the 2-3 days for shipping. Doing a bit of research showed that retailers were charging $20-40 for a set of fabric rail guards for a crib. This is really a bit outrageous.  I figured I could make my own for much less and I needed it that night before I put my son back in his crib.

I had to get groceries anyways so I headed to Walmart to get supplies. I bought a fleece blanket for $2.50. This is the type of blanket I bought my dog to go with his dog bed or in his kennel. They come in a variety of solid colors and patterns. You only need two things for this project-a blanket and a pair of scissors.

Cheap, fleece blanket for $2.50 at Walmart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wash your fleece blanket once before you start cutting. A single blanket should be enough for a standard-sized crib. You can do one layer on 4 sides, or a single layer on the sides, and double layer on the front (or just buy two blankets for double layers on all).

The trick to this is to leave enough blanket to tie off in-between the rails. Start with the front rail. I did a double layer on the front and single layers on the sides. He’s not tall enough to reach the back of the crib yet.  Lay your blanket over the front rail and eyeball a spare several inches. Make a crease and double it over on top of the rail (so you cut both sides of the fabric at once). Cut out the in-between rail sections as shown.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, once it’s tied, you wont’ really see a difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the piece is cut out, lay it over the top of the rail and double knot the sections in-between the rails into small bows and cut off the excess. Repeat for double layers or other rails. (Leaving an extra piece on the front for the corner, as shown.) I like to tie the first, and the last, so the blanket doesn’t stretch too much.

 

 

 

 

This is how I tied off the corner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My son loves to chew on his fleece and this has saved the other rails from having the paint taken off and helps to sooth his gums in the process. There also haven’t been any holes in the fabric-bonus!

Enjoy!