Simply Great Breads Giveaway!

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When it comes to baking, I think my favorite thing to bake is bread.  I love the smell of yeast.  I love to knead the dough and feel it go from lumpy to smooth.  I love to watch it rise.  And I love to eat it!  So reviewing Simply Great Breads Sweet and Savory Yeasted Treats from America’s Premier Artisan Baker Daniel Leader is “simply” a treat for me!

Have you ever made a braided Challah bread?  I have made it several times.  I love how light and soft it is on the inside and it’s usually a bit sweeter than some breads!  Well, I tested the Whole Wheat Challah Bread recipe in this book.  It was excellent!  Check out my pics!

The dough was easy to make.  I followed the directions by kneading the dough with the dough hook on my mixer.  This is how the dough looked after it rose.


I divided up the dough into 3 equal parts and rolled it into 3 long ropes.


I pressed the 3 ropes together on one end using a little water to make them stick together.


Then I braided it carefully without flattening each rope.


I wet the ends with a little bit of water and pressed them together.


I let it rise again and brushed it carefully with egg wash.


Finally, I baked the bread for about 40 minutes.  It did not disappoint!  I will definitely make it again!  This recipe used a combination of whole wheat flour and all purpose flour, and it wasn’t dense or heavy.  It was exactly the opposite!  Yum!


Here are a few recipes from the book that are on my “To Do” List!


“Luxury” English Muffins


Quick Chestnut Cinnamon Sugar Spirals


Lightly Shaped Parker House Rolls


This cookbook may be small but I think my family and I are really going to enjoy many recipes from this book. I can’t wait to start my “To Do” List!

Simply Great Breads is available at


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*I received a copy of Simply Great Breads for the purpose of this review/giveaway.


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  1. 1

    Becca H. says

    I am a little bit of a baby… I have a fear of working with yeast. That being said, I would LOVE to learn how to make some of the sweeter breads. I made focaccia once and it turned out SO yummy! Customizing the toppings was my favorite part.

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    What a fun giveaway! I’m a mess at baking which is why I really need a cookbook to help me 😉 I’ve made no-knead bread but it turned out bland (although rather pretty). I made French bread at a Sur La Table class, which was also bland. At any rate, I’ll have to check out this book. Happy Tuesday!

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    Kristi Moran says

    I love making bread braid sandwiches!!! Braid white bread with ham and cheese in the middle. Plus Easter Basket Bread. 6 decorated “eggs” with a coconut covered braid around them for the basket. All bread! :)

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    i would love to make those “luxury” english muffins. i am going to try an english muffin loaf this weekend! we will see how it turns out :)

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    I think your pictures have smell-a-vision. =D MMM! I have made English muffin bread and hawaiian bread, but never challah bread,but would like to. Your pictures look so delicious.

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    Nellie Bragg says

    I have baked all kinds of breads in my history of baking – rye, pumpernickel, whole wheat, white, cheese, French, even braided challah. Also, breads with sourdough, but our favorites would be the whole wheat and darker varieties. That’s why the whole wheat challah sounds appealing to me.

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    Veronica L. says

    I normally made just plain ol’ white bread for my family at dinner time but I would love to learn how to make a cheese bread perhaps with a little bit of pepperoni flavoring in it, yummy!

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    Jessica says

    I love to make dinner rolls and whole wheat bread for my family. Oh, and cinnamon rolls too! Yum! I’m likeing you on Facebook!

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    I would SO LOVE to win a copy!!
    I make these “Golden Honey Pan Rolls” that remind my hubby and his brothers of school rolls! LOL
    They really taste delish!
    I am already a follower!!

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    Angie B. says

    I have never made bread but I’d like to learn how to make yeast rolls. My dad makes the best ones so if I don’t win he can teach me, lol. : )

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    teresa g. says

    I have many different types of bread – from basic white and whole wheat, to French and sour dough. Been making bread since I was 5 and have always enjoyed it.

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    SamanthaR says

    I love to make dinner rolls – whole wheat or a recipe using pumpkin – and pizza dough. I would love to try and make cinnamon rolls sometime!

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    Elliott R. says

    I have never made any type of bread other than the Pillsbury Bisquet kind. I’d like to learn how to make cinnamon rolls! breezyinaz at gmail dot com

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    Renee G says

    I remember having a recipe for refrigerator rolls that was wonderfully light and fluffy, but I haven’t made these for years and I’m not even sure what I did with the recipe. I’d love to try making them again though.

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    Vicky says

    I love to bake bread and try out new recipes! Your Challah looks amazing! I’ve never tried that one, but would love to!

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    I make some awesome No Knead Artisan bread, and my Pain de Mie is lovely, too. We love bread and it is my favorite thing to bake/cook.

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    NW Homesteader says

    Bread? I think it would be better classified as a brick!! I would love to learn to make edible bread!!! I love all kinds :)

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