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Celebrate Real Bread Week by making Easy Homemade Bread

Real Bread Week is a celebration of one of humanity’s oldest and most beloved foods: bread! This annual event, typically held in late February or early March, invites bread enthusiasts from around the world to enjoy the goodness of real, wholesome bread – often by making homemade bread!

What is Real Bread Week?

Real Bread Week is a global initiative that aims to raise awareness about the joys of real bread. Organized by the Real Bread Campaign, an organization dedicated to promoting additive-free bread made with natural ingredients, this week-long celebration encourages people to embrace traditional homemade bread making and support local bakeries.

Is there anyone who doesn’t like homemade cinnamon buns?

How to take part in Real Bread week

  1. Bake Your Own Homemade Bread: One of the best ways to participate in Real Bread Week is by baking your own loaf at home – see a couple of simple ways to do this below! Whether you’re a novice or an experienced baker, there’s something incredibly satisfying about kneading dough, watching it rise, and savoring the aroma of freshly baked bread filling your kitchen. This is also a great budget option as loaves of bread can cost anywhere from $3-$6 (or more) these days, whereas making your own loaf can cost less than $1!
  2. Support Local Bakeries: If you’re not a baker you can still participate in Real Bread Week by supporting a local bakery! Take a stroll through your neighborhood and seek out artisanal bakeries that specialize in crafting real, additive-free bread. This is a great way to eat amazing bread and also support small businesses and the local economy.
  3. Spread the Word: Spread the word about Real Bread Week on social media and in your community. Share photos of your homemade creations, recommend your favorite local bakeries, and use hashtags like #RealBreadWeek to join the conversation online. Encourage your friends and family to get involved and experience the fun and deliciousness of real bread – maybe even share your creations!
  4. Events and Workshops: Many bakeries and culinary organizations host special events and workshops during Real Bread Week. Keep an eye out for bread-making classes, tasting sessions, and community bake-offs in your area. These events are a great way connect with other bakers and learn new skills. If you’re a baker, you could even consider hosting your own event to share your skills!
Round sourdough loaf in a Dutch oven
My first (and only) decent sourdough loaf!

2 Types of easy homemade bread to try

Whole wheat loaf: This is the easiest bread I’ve ever made! Forget kneading and multiple rises – for those like me who are not really good at bread give this recipe a try! It’s great for sandwiches, with soup, and just eating with butter! I found it froze quite well too.

Mostly crumbs left here!

Pizza crust: In a past post I shared about pizza made with discounted mozarella and homemade pizza dough! This is quite an easy dough, especially if you have a mixer with a bread attachment.

Real Bread Week is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with one of life’s simple pleasures: good, honest bread. Whether you’re baking at home, supporting local bakeries, or spreading the word about the joys of real bread, there are countless ways to participate in this celebration. So roll up your sleeves, preheat your oven, and let’s toast to the magic of Real Bread Week!

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