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How to Bake Bread

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Learn how to bake bread the old fashioned way and discover the joy of kneading. Find recipes for all-whole-wheat bread, and heirloom Old World recipes, too.

When you learn to bake, you can say goodbye to calcium propionate, sodium alginate and all those other conditioners and preservatives you’ll find in a factory loaf. You can use real butter or olive oil, not hydrogenated soybean or cottonseed oil. If your yeast needs a little sugar to get it going, you can use sugar — not HFCS (high-fructose corn syrup), which is responsible for so many of our current health woes.

If you restrict your carbohydrates, as I do, when you do make an exception, you want it to be worth it, right?

Whole-wheat sandwich bread recipe, knead or no-knead

Whole-wheat prune and bran muffin recipe, sugar-free and with sugar

Oatmeal-raisin bran cookies with whole wheat

Serbian Christmas Bread (Srpski Bozicni Kolac, a lavishly decorated, rich brioche)

Serbian Slava Bread (Slavski Kolac, the same as the Christmas bread, but undecorated)

Serbian farmer’s pogaca recipe (tender, yeasted flatbread)

Vanilice: Serbian crescent nut cookies

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Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread

I developed this one winter and I absolutely love it. It’s a hearty, tasty, all-natural 100% whole wheat sandwich bread recipe. In the winter of 2009 I wanted to make an all-natural, homemade whole wheat bread …