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Over the last 40-years, with a few exceptions, I have always bought my bread at stores. I knew generally how to make/bake bread, but just really never did it myself.

Wife and I have started baking our own bread (trying to get back to basics), and have had successes and failures. One thing we have also had-fun learning!

We started out baking Irish Soda Bread. We did one loaf with no extras, and one with raisins. The basic bread was okay, but nothing to get excited about. The one with raisins was better, but still not up to something we would want to eat on a day-to-day basis.

Last night we baked a loaf of Beer Bread, with chopped walnuts and cranberries in it (lots). It was a delight to eat! Took me about 10-minutes to make and put in the oven. This morning we toasted some of the Beer Bread, and put cream cheese on it-wonderful. We are thinking raisin/nuts for our next one.

Both of these breads are very, very easy to fix. The Irish Soda Bread has three basic items in it, and the Beer Bread has five (without added fruits/nuts, optional eggs).

To be fair to the Irish Soda Bread, it could be with a bit more practice it might have been better.

You can find lots of videos on both of these and other types of breads on you tube.

We have enjoyed making bread together, and will continue to try new recipe's as we come across them.:)
 

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Thanks Elmo,
And good luck in your breadmaking. I have baked bread all my life and generally make 2-3 loafs each week. They also make great gifts, Christmas, folks with new home, birthdays, etc; My wife and I love fresh home made bread.
 

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Awsome! Gettin my grinder 2mor then startin the trial and error with wheat berries. Lookin fof minimalists ways of baking basic wheat bread if anyone has recipes. Found one Im gonna try
 

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I wanted to add that there is much one can do with bread.

Bread has been a staple food for thousands of years. I like to add "extras" to mine. One thing I have noticed is there are lots of native pecan and walnut trees in my area, and also persimmon trees. No one really pays any attention to them, or picks up the fruit from these. These would make wonderful additives to bread providing varying tastes.

BTW: persimmons can provide dietary fiber, natural sweetness, and vitamin C.

When folks here on the forum talk of "hunting for food" I guess I have a little bit different concept!:D:
 

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