Banana Bread

This is the last week before my crazy life as a grad student starts up again.  So I’ve been going on a baking and cooking frenzy.  I made this banana bread earlier this week.  So glad I did.  I’ve been enjoying a slice at breakfast… or as a mid afternoon snack… or both!

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Quick and Easy Croutons

I love having fresh bread to go with meals or in sandwiches.  Being on your own means it takes a LOT longer to finish a whole loaf.  So I often find myself faced with the agonizing decision of what to do with the whole loaf before it changes into a multicolored piece of art.

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Rosemary Focaccia Bread

There is an Italian restaurant at home that my family always went to growing up.  Their Caesar salad is divine and they have an unbelievable pasta dish: porcini mushroom tortellini with a mushroom cream sauce.  In addition to their amazing main dishes, this restaurant also serves homemade focaccia bread at the beginning of every meal.  It is dense, salty, and perfectly seasoned.

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Zopf Bread

The first time I made this recipe I was in college when my friends and I made Easter dinner together.   It is a braided swiss white bread.  I loved how soft and dense the bread is and also how beautiful it looks with the braid!  Not to mention, your entire house smells heavenly from baking it!!

I was lucky enough to get this recipe from my wonderful friend Laura… and I think about her every time I make it — Thanks La!!   Her family absolutely loves bread… and cheese (I think that’s part of the reason we get along so well!).  To me, they are the experts on both. I can’t remember a time going to their home in Wisconsin and not eating fresh baked bread from their oven.

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White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Bread

White chocolate and raspberries are amazing when used together in cooking.  This recipe is a test run…  It’s the first time I’ve made it and I’m definitely learning as I go!  And it actually came out pretty good!  To get started, I used a recipe for cinnamon swirl I found on Cooks Illustrated website.  From there… I changed LOTS around to achieve the decadent white chocolate and raspberry swirl.

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Honey Oatmeal Bread

So I know that most of us have heard the “cut back on carbs” commands to eat healthy and lose weight.  But let’s be honest… there is NO way I can part with bread.  It is the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of warm chicken noodle soup, the solution to a plate of pasta with a delicious red sauce begging to be mopped up, or a soft buttery place for your fried eggs to land on before being devoured.

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