2014 GRIT’s Guide to Homemade Bread

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Do you remember your mother or grandmother pulling loaf after loaf of aromatic bread from her oven? Do you have a hankering for a slice of fresh-baked bread slathered with butter or topped with homemade preserves or apple butter? How does biscuits piled in a basket, still warm from the oven, sound for this weekend’s brunch?

The you’ve come to the right place. Order or pick up a copy of the latest GRIT’s Guide to Homemade Bread, and become immersed in page after page of bread recipes, from artisan to sourdough, and everything in between!

Plus you can learn more about dough machines, gluten and grain mills, and don’t miss Bake The Best Bread: Grind Your Own Grain to learn to do just that. Your bread-baking will never be the same.

You’ll also get a taste of working with bread starters (Bread Starters for Everyone), discover ways to use bread that’s a bit stale (Stale, But Not Forgotten), and find recipes for your favorite sweet treats (Something Sweet), as well as flatbreads like tortillas, naan or fry bread (Flatbread Fiesta!).

In addition, we’ve included an updated resource list so you can find whatever you’re looking for to transform your kitchen into a bakery, and you can turn to the alphabetical list of every one of the 118 recipes in the new GRIT’s Guide to Homemade Bread to find just the right one, no matter the occasion.

The 2014 GRIT’s Guide to Homemade Bread is on sale now in a store near you, or you can order your copy (and copies for holiday gifts!) here.

You Too Can Bake Bread

Among GRIT’s bloggers are a number of great cooks, and they bake bread too! No matter your level of experience when it comes to baking bread, you will find encouragement and inspiration in the numerous posts found on GRIT’s website. In this year’s Guide to Homemade Bread, we feature a flourless egg bread from Leigh, a yummy Poppy Seed Bread from Lee Ann, Ginnie’s favorite Rhubarb Bread, a delightful holiday Lemon Loaf from Meg, biscuit recipes from April and Morgan, crescent rolls from Carol, and recipes for oatmeal bread and spent grains bread from Sue.

It would appear that no matter the occasion, there’s a perfect bread recipe from your fellow GRIT readers. Check out You Too Can Bake Bread in the latest edition, and then start thinking about what type of bread will fill your home with that delicious aroma. And if you’re interested in becoming part of GRIT’s blogging community, send an email to jteller@grit.com, and join in the fun!

Gluten-Free Bread Baking

Do you or a member of your family suffer from celiac disease? The autoimmune disorder is inherited, and more than 3 million of us live with this disease (and more than 80 percent of us have been misdiagnosed or don’t even know we have it!) that causes our immune systems to attack the digestive tract, specifically the absorption ability of the small intestine. This response is a result of consuming gluten – the protein found in wheat, rye and barley grains – so we are unable to absorb needed nutrients.

Since 1 in 133 of Americans require food without gluten, GRIT’s Guide to Homemade Bread includes articles explaining what gluten is (What’s Up With Gluten?) and listing seven key ingredients (including aramanth, in the photo below) you’ll want in your gluten-free pantry (Going Gluten Free), and an article with a number of gluten-free bread recipes ( Gluten-Free Bread Baking 101). Included are recipes for English muffins, French baguettes, Naan, Banana Bread, pizza crust (and take a look at Pizza Perfection for another such recipe), as well as a gluten-free all-purpose flour.

Whether you live with celiac disease or you are sensitive to gluten, Gluten-Free Bread Baking is one place to start eating and feeling better.

Easy, No-Knead Artisan Bread

Your family and friends appreciate those loaves of fresh-baked bread that you magically produce in your kitchen. You love baking too, but on the other hand, the lengthy process required for many bread recipes is causing you to rethink your stance on fresh-baked bread. Or have you been intimidated by the need to knead so you simply purchase loaves of artisan bread at the local market? Look no further!

GRIT’s Guide to Homemade Bread includes a number of no-knead recipes, all of which turn into natural and flavor-filled fresh-baked bread loaves. Would a sliced loaf of Dill Bread be the perfect accompaniment to a holiday turkey? Might a loaf of Oat Raisin Bread or Cardamom Cherry Bread be the hit of your weekend brunch? What about Chocolate Cherry Bread for dessert?

Easy, No-Knead Artisan Bread includes these recipes and more, and each recipe includes detailed instructions to help you create an easy and delicious bread that will have your family clamoring for more!

A Salute to Sourdough, and More!

Sourdough bread is your favorite, but you’ve lost your starter and you don’t know how you will replace it.

In Trying Sourdough, GRIT bloggers brew up their best sourdough starters to create a variety of sourdough breads. Recipes for tortillas, hamburger buns, San Francisco Sourdough bread, Seeded Sourdough Oatmeal Baguettes, whole-wheat bread, Hot-Cross buns, and sourdough biscuits are all found in this article.

Then turn to Bread Starters for Everyone for not only sourdough starters but a starter for friendship bread, everlasting yeast and even an old-fashioned Herman Starter.

Once you have your starter brewing, check out Salute to Sourdough for more recipes – No-Knead Sourdough Bread, Sourdough Biscuits, Sourdough Sandwich Bread, Sourdough Blueberry Muffins and No-Knead Sourdough Chocolate Bread – and you’re sure to find one you just can’t wait to bake.

Bread Galore!

Haven’t seen anything yet that grabs your attention? In GRIT’s Guide to Homemade Bread, you’ll find a recipe you will be unable to resist.

Pizza crust? Turn to Pizza Perfection. Bagels on the brain? Begging for Bagels will ease that obsession. Cornbread for Sunday dinner? We’ve got ya covered in Cornmeal to Cornbread. Breakfast treats to bake for the office? Something Sweet adds a touch of sugar and a touch of home to a number of breads.

Of course, you can always find recipes from GRIT’s cookbook, Lard: The Lost Art of Cooking with Your Grandmother’s Secret Ingredient, in the article Biscuits & More – with old-fashioned favorites like Grandma’s Homemade Biscuits, Indian Fry Bread, Homemade Flour Tortillas or Homemade Noodles and Dumplings.