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How to Celebrate Homemade Bread Day on November 17

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One of the best little pleasures in life is the smell of bread baking. When you want a loaf, you probably go to the grocery store, but
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there's nothing like the taste, texture and smell of fresh homemade bread. If you've never made it before, November 17 is the perfect opportunity to try it it's Homemade Bread Day! Although it's easier to buy it, baking bread at home allows you to incorporate any ingredients you want. When many are telling you to avoid carbs, you have Homemade Bread Day as your excuse to indulge in them.

Learn the facts

Nowadays, we eat so many types of bread wheat, rye, pumpernickel, white, and a variety of others. However, for a long time, the color of bread someone ate was a telltale sign of their social status. Those who ate the lightest breads were recognized as being high up on the social ladder white flour was expensive, and therefore, increased the cost of light-colored breads. For more facts, check out the "History of Bread" on breadinfo.com.

Try new recipes

There are a surprisingly large number of bread recipes to try, many of which are on allrecipes.com. Some non-standard recipes you be interested in trying include "Cranberry Oat Bread," "Cheesy Onion Focaccia," "Zucchini Bread," and "Garlic Parmesan Monkey Bread." Should you prefer something that's more along the lines of the type of bread you probably usually buy, you can try recipes for "Amish White Bread," "Simple Whole Wheat Bread," or "French Baguettes."

Try different breads

If you would like homemade bread but don't want to make it yourself, check out Etsy.com, whose sellers offer a huge variety of breads from all over the country. There are some seriously delicious-sounding varieties including "ChocoBanana Bread," "Jack Daniel's Lemonade Tea Bread," "White Chocolate Pumpkin Bread," and "Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese Sourdough Bread." Depending on the seller, you can request a special variety of bread, whether it be a specific flavor or tweaking the recipe a bit due to dietary restrictions.


Take some classes

So maybe you're willing to try making homemade bread, but you're afraid you're going to have to call the fire department after it catches fire. If that's the case, try taking some bread making classes first so you can get a feel for how to do it. The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City offers a variety of classes including "Techniques of Bread 1&2," "Techniques of Bread 1," "Focaccia, Pita and Other Flatbreads," and "One Dough, Many Breads."

Wear bread fashion

Whether you're making bread, ordering it, or taking classes so you don't barbeque it, throw on a bread-themed shirt. Zazzle has a shirt that says "I Love Bread," another has a picture on it of homemade bread, and a third says "I Love Garlic Bread." The shirts come in a variety of styles and colors. Numerous other bread-themed shirts available as well.

Some think it's extremely difficult and time consuming to make homemade bread, but it all depends on the recipe and technique. In some cases it can take very little time, especially if you have a bread maker. If you're still a little hesitant, start out with the easiest recipe you can find and build up to something more difficult as you start to feel more comfortable with your bread-making skills. It will give you an excuse to fill your home with a delicious baking-bread smell.

Photo copyright belongs to Dave Pullig via Flickr.
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Why? It's an excuse to indulge in carbs.
When: November 17
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