Baking in the heat of summer

I’ve been on a bit of a Martha Stewart kick lately. Call it nesting if you want, my husbands calls it the extra few pounds he has put on over the last couple weeks! I’ve been a baking and cooking machine! Which is challenging in the summer, since it is so hot and humid outside, I’m not about to crank the oven to 375 and bake a cheesecake (though I have been known to whip up a quick batch of brownies at 7am before it gets too hot). It has forced me to be creative; trying out several no-bake dessert recipes, and busting out the ol’ bread maker. I made banana bread, it turned out a little dry in spots, but was still a nice yummy treat. Than I tried this recipe from the Robin hood flour website for a Cheese and Onion bread. The only change I made was I used all white flour (I was out of whole wheat), and it turned out amazing! We had to stop ourselves from eating the entire loaf on Saturday afternoon! Super fluffy, just a hint of cheese, onion, and basil flavours. Be warned though, with only 1/3 cup of cheese, it does NOT come out looking like this:

Does not look like this when it's done, but oh my yumminess it was good!

Whats better than fresh-baked bread? Your house will smell amazing while its baking, even if you bake it in the oven it really isn’t that difficult to make (just letting it rise and rest takes patience). I guess it is frugal to make your own bread, not that bread is super expensive, but fancy breads can be. And since my husband bought a rather large bag of flour last time it was on sale, I might as well make bread with it! But the best part is, you know exactly what goes in it! You can add as much whole wheat flour and whole grains as you’d like, or keep it simple with white flour; it’s always going to be a delicious treat! One last bit of advice;  make sure the yeast you are using is still fresh!

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