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Hot bread for a healthy bod

By Carolyn Malcoun, February 5, 2009 - 3:36am

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The first time I baked bread from scratch was 10 years ago when I spent an entire weekend cooking and baking. I’d armed myself with the ingredients for a simple loaf of whole-wheat bread and went for it. I was rewarded with an apartment filled with the warm aroma of homemade bread.

What better way to add some whole-grain goodness to your diet? (People who eat plenty of whole grains tend to be leaner and healthier than those who don’t.)

I was really excited when award-winning cookbook author Nancy Baggett shared 5 of her easy, amazing recipes for no-knead breads. I love dunking chunks of Crunchy-Munchy Corn & Millet Bread—a rustic round loaf that’s crunchy on the outside and moist and soft on the inside—into creamy chowder. And chewy-crisp and fragrant Parmesan-Herb Focaccia goes well with any Italian food.

Try Nancy’s 6 tips for great no-knead breads and you’ll be baking homemade bread in no time.

Try this Honey Oat Quick Bread. It has a yummy flavor and is divinely moist and tender. It requires minimal mixing and cleanup, calls for ingredients usually stocked in the pantry, and is tasty yet healthful. Bonus: it takes just 15 minutes to prep!

TAGS: Carolyn Malcoun, Diet Blog

Carolyn Malcoun
A graduate of New England Culinary Institute and University of Wisconsin with a degree in journalism, Carolyn pairs her long-standing love for food with writing as EatingWell's senior food editor. Carolyn’s culinary interest is rooted in her childhood; she grew up making thousands of Christmas cookies every year with her mom and picking leaves off bunches of parsley to make tabbouleh with her dad. Away from the kitchen, Carolyn enjoys seeking out rare craft beers and exploring the outdoors with her husband, 2-year-old daughter and dog.

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