Homemade Bread... a new way of living


Rye and Wholewheat Bread...


Rustic French-Style Loaf, in French it is called a boule...


Cloth bread bags for round loaves...


4-Seed Rolls... with flax, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds...


Oat Bread... with wheat, rye and oat grains... This one is a favorite at our house!


I use cotton tea towels and sew them up into the bags we use for storing bread...

Homemade bread... Since the spring, I have baking bread. And since early June, I've been baking our weekly bread, as well as rolls to pair with soups and stews, or for sandwiches too.

I used to think I didn't like bread that much. Bread back home in America, in most supermarkets, is not very good. Too sweet, too strange in taste, and spongy in texture. Here in Norway, bread from most supermarkets is quite good. So I came to appreciate bread more after I moved here and live here now. But once you start making your own bread... WOW! Something happens... And you don't want the bread from the supermarket anymore!

I used to think I didn't bake very good bread, my attempts to bake it were... OK. Sometimes I killed the yeast with too hot water, and then there was no bread, or at least not very good bread--risen, delightful and nourishing as it should be. So my tendency was to avoid bread baking, because I didn't make good bread.

Back at tail end of April, and into May, I began learning how to bake bread thanks mostly to baking courses via Craftsy. And I've been borrowing cookbooks on bread and baking from the library. With some months of practical skill, and lots of inspiration for flavors and more... I'm baking good bread! 


In a way, it feels like a creative accomplishment that I didn't think I'd ever achieve. It is one of the best and most useful things I've ever learned to do. Baking our bread has opened up a whole new way of eating and living. I look forward to my baking days each week. 

It's a whole new rhythm--baby steps--that I'm still learning how to dance... A happy dance!


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  1. Oh that all looks so so yummy! What a great idea the little bags are;I might make a couple of theses myself. I'm with you when it comes to liking bread. I'm only a fan of homemade! x

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    1. The bags are so easy to make, especially if using something a little pre-fab, like tea towels. With the already finished edges on the towels, the completed seams are almost like French seams. The homemade bread is sooo good! Although, my waistline is protesting very much these days as it's expanding a bit for all this homemade goodness... LOL! ;)

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  2. that's really nice! what pretty pictures of your bread and bags! :) what a great idea :) do you store them in the bags on the counter?

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    1. Hi, Elizabeth! Yes, you can have the bread in the cloth bag and leave on the kitchen counter. The crust gets a bit more crusty as the days go by, but the interior of the bread is as good as day-baked. We go through bread pretty fast, so we've never had a problem with our homemade bread going off. You can also freeze the bread in a cloth bag, but double bagged is best, or wrap bread in parchment paper and then place in cloth bag and thrn freeze. Plastic is the worst thing for bread storage and encourages mold. We've used cloth bags for years with good success. And we're trying to go less-plastic and aluminum foil too... which I'll share more about soon. Since you are very good at sewing, you'll find making cloth bread bags easy. And they make nice gifts too. :)

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  3. What delicious looking bread. You know so many types and shapes! The lads say I can only make Dwarf Bread which helps dwarves walk for miles. That sounds so nice until they add that they walk those miles to find something alternative to eat! Pah! Maybe I can sew them straitjackets? Mwa ha ha ha. Then I can feed them my bread!

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    1. Your guys are funny...Dwarf Bread! But it must be pretty good bread though, if those dwarves can walk for miles and miles. ;)

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  4. Oh Tracy, love, love, love! Looks delicious and oh, so delish. I love homemade bread. Store-bought? Not so much. But home made is THE BEST! These look wonderful, all of them!

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    1. Thanks you, Jeanie! Homemade, for most things, really, is always best. ;)

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  5. "the staff of life."
    and I think proper bread like yours probably is!
    the wonder bread of the supermarket just doesn't seem to come to mind when those noble words are spoken. lol
    you amaze me and I am full of admiration. xo

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    1. Thank you so much, Tammy... :) I don't think I could ever eat Wonder bread again! It would have to be the last bread around...LOL...

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  6. You're so right about supermarket, mass-produced bread lacking taste. Luckily, we have one local bakery that delivers to our grocery store. The bread is pretty wholesome. Of course, nothing beats having homemade bread! I enjoyed seeing your pictures of your baking adventures. Once the weather cools off here, I'll start baking again. I'm sure I'll have a learning curve to get over again, but there is joy in that too.

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    1. Sooo nice you have a real bakery, and that delivers to ypur local market--treats! We still have one or two small baleries in our town, but they actually no longer make the wares themselves, it's all trucked in from an industrial bakery. :( So the cute little "corner bakery," is just another industrial bakery outlet. But anyway, have fun baking again soon! :)

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  7. Your bread sounds delicious. I am not sure I could persevere long enough to make a good loaf of bread. I do love bread. It probably is my diet downfall.

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    1. I have the same worry, Marilyn... my dissapearing waistline keeps telling me to slow down. ;) But I use an overnight no-knead dough recipe that is so easy. It takes time, but very easy.

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  8. Tracy, you have come a long way in your breadmaking journey. All of these loaves look absolutely delicious. Happy baking! Marie x

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  9. Wow, that was so inspiring! I loved the photos of the different breads. I really enjoyed reading about your process for learning to make bread. I always enjoy a good bread. You are right about bread in America. I used to make bread years ago. I tried a few different kinds.
    This has inspired me to perhaps try again when I am through serving our mission. Thanks for sharing the photos and thoughts on this one.
    Loving thoughts and hugs for you!

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    1. Glad to help with some inspiration, LeAnn...it's always good share! :)

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  10. Tracy, I love your baby steps! I did not know you could learn bread baking on Craftsy! I will have to explore it! Your bread baking is amazing. I recently started baking my own bread also, and have only done white loaves thus far, but am wanting to branch out now into different loaves. Watch this space! Love you! xoxo

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    1. It's been such fun to see your bread baking progress too, Marie! Craftsy is a wonderful place... they have courses for so much now. Baking & cooking, painting, they even have some gardening classes now! It's not just sewing and yarn anymore! Look out when they have class sales, and you can get classes for as low as $15-$20. That's how I did the baking classes, I bought two classes on sale--and you can access them anytime, take it all at your own time... I like that!

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