Simple Sourdough Cheddar Bagels

I’m baaaack!

Actually, I should say that Matt’s back. He’s the one who concocted, baked and photographed these tasty treats. All I have to do is share his work—and enjoy these yummy, easy-on-the-budget homemade bagels!

Once the outside temperature drops each fall and we can actually appreciate the extra heat in the kitchen, the [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

“Knot” the Sailor Bread We Wanted

Argh!

I don’t know about you, but I definitely prefer cookbooks with photos. Not just a few images here and there or the “best of” relegated to one section in the middle of the book. Nope, I like at least one photo per recipe.

With cooking blogs that’s not a problem. One of the [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Banana Chocolate Chip Snack Bread

I have loved banana bread since I was a kid, and when our bananas ripen to only-good-for-baking condition, that’s the first thing that comes to mind. Given the typical one-hour minimum prep and bake time, I don’t always feel like making it. This bread machine recipe helps put aging bananas to good use without requiring [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Hearty Pizza Bread

Though ideal for lunch, this bread is great at any time of day. It’s tasty on its own, sliced and toasted with a touch of butter, but you could also serve it with soup or salad to make a meal. Our kids love this, and we’re always happy to “sneak” a serving of fruit or [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread

I have always loved the combination of cranberry and orange flavors in bread and muffins. The cranberry orange quick bread recipe that I used for years called for more oil (in the form of butter) than I wanted and contained no whole grains. This modified version of a similar recipe replaces some of the oil [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Buttermilk Oatmeal Bread

This was our original “go-to” recipe for sandwich bread, and it remains my favorite. Its only downfall is that it makes a small loaf that is gone too quickly. As a result, Matt dug up a couple of recipes for larger loaves, one of which we modified and appears on this site as Simple Oatmeal [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Banana Apple Nut Bread

Until looking through Olwen Woodier’s Apple Cookbook, it had never occurred to me that I could bake apples into banana bread. As a mom, I loved the idea that I could serve even more fruit to my children by offering another slice of bread at breakfast or snack time. The original recipe is delicious, and [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Whole Grain Sourdough Tomato Rolls

This recipe is a variation of our Pizza Bread recipe. If you’ve never used a sourdough starter before, try it! Just dig up a basic starter recipe online or in one of your cookbooks and give it a whirl. It’s easier than you might think. Also, don’t be intimidated by the hand-forming portion of this [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

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This blog is for sharing home-tested recipes with more whole grains, less fat and fewer calories than similar recipes. If you see something you like, or if you'd like to see more, let me know! - Liesl

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