This ongoing lockdown/quarantine sure is making a lot of people go nuts by now. If you are a natural social butterfly, you know the feeling.
What is happening right now seems like the new normal. There are virtually little to none vehicles on the road. A lot of stores and establishments are closed indefinitely. Music concert and other outdoor events were either postponed on a later date or got canceled.
And then here you are, stuck with your kids and spouse until God-knows-when.
For one thing, it can be annoying not to be able to go outside as usual. Then again, there are so many things we can be thankful for after all of this pandemic thing happened.
It has given us time to reflect on the more important things like family and self-discovery. It has also made us realize a lot of things that we took for granted before. Whatever these realizations are, these should make us better persons later on.
But seriousness aside, this quarantine thingy has made a lot of people self-proclaimed “cooks”. What is there to do at home aside from working at home but eating as well, right?
Okay, we will include Netflix and chill here as well. But remember, we have to be productive and responsible for temporary work at home employees. You can do that Netflix and chill thing in the evenings or weekends.
Cooking at home this quarantine period
There are two types of people: those who can cook, and those who cannot. If you belong to the former, good for you! You can try out different recipes and enhance your cooking skills during this quarantine period.
But if you belong in the latter, no worries! There is still hope for culinary enthusiasts like you. You gotta thank the Internet for the abundance of recipes to try. You can also check out video tutorials for various food recipes you can try at home.
So, the question is: where to start? What food to cook? Or why not try baking one of these bread recipes instead?
Why not try baking?
Who doesn’t love baked goods, anyway? Cookies, sourdough, cakes, pretzels, bagels, donuts… there are a lot of them to choose from!
Baking has been around for thousands of years ago – at least, according to Wikipedia. From ancient ovens and pits, we now have the luxury of baking bread and other goodies in the comfort of our own homes.
Everyone can also enjoy baked goods regardless of their diet plans and restrictions. There are gluten-free bread, keto-friendly cookies, sugar-free donuts… you name it, they have it. Basically, baked goods are an essential part of our lives.
At some point, we should learn to bake something. Our kitchen adventures would not be complete without it. And now is the best time to bake these yummy goods while on quarantine.
Baked goods recipes you should try now
Here are some baked bread recipes you should try at home.
Sourdough may not be as popular unlike now. But you won’t miss out on this classic baked goodie thanks to its unique appearance. It’s like the real-life version of the “Hot Crossed Buns”. Just be prepared to knead that dough with all your might. And true to its name, sourdough bread is… well, sour.
This type of bread uses wild yeast. It works slower than traditional yeast, so expect spending more time kneading the dough. Apparently, the friendly bacteria, acetobacillus and lactobacillus, are what makes sourdough sour.
You might have second thoughts of eating this one because of its rather interesting appearance. Just look at that elegant braiding! And when you do take a slice of its pillow-soft texture… ah, just like that feeling of hugging your favorite pillow every night.
But before that, you must know that making challah is just as intricate as it looks. Kneading the dough is one thing. Braiding it is another story. But it surely would be rewarding once you finish this masterpiece of a bread.
Irish Soda Bread
Actually, there are a lot of recipes for Irish soda bread. There are some who prefer adding raisins, while others put caraway seeds instead. Some put neither. Its main ingredients include baking soda, buttermilk, flour, and salt.
You can also add a little bit of sugar, egg, and butter to make it more loaded and filling. Make sure to eat it within two days at most, as it can dry out quickly.
Baking enthusiasts say that making focaccia won’t need baking expertise. This one is considered a savory bread and may not be one that kids will love like donuts. Nonetheless, making one won’t be too hard especially for first-timers. You can add rosemary or garlic butter on it for a more savory taste.
Finally! Who doesn’t love banana bread? It’s easy to make: more bananas, more fun! Oh, you can add choco chips too if you want. Not only kids will love this but the kids-at-heart as well. Also, make sure to use ripe or overripe bananas for better-tasting banana bread. You cannot simply resist its mouthwatering smell… let alone if you take a bite of it afterward.
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