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What are some basic recipes for baking bread?

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A basic recipe for sourdough bread combines bread flour and salt with sourdough starter ingredients including water, yeast, sugar and flour. A basic recipe for fruit breads combines ingredients such as eggs, vanilla, flour, sugar and baking powder with various fruits and spices.

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To make basic sourdough bread, prepare the starter by mixing 3 cups warm water, 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar. Let the mixture sit for five minutes until foamy, then add 3 cups all-purpose flour and mix. Cover with a towel and allow to sit for eight to 12 hours. Combine the starter with 2 cups bread flour and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Using the dough hook on a mixer, knead the dough until it no longer sticks to the mixing bowl. Shape the dough into a ball and allow to rise until it doubles in size. Cut a cross-hatch pattern in the dough and cook at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 60 minutes or until crust is browned.

To make basic fruit breads, combine 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup water, 2 eggs and teaspoons baking powder. Whisk in fruits such as 1 cup pumpkin puree with 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin spice, 3/4 cup of applesauce mixed with 1/4 cup apple butter and 3/4 cup raisins, or 1 cup sweet potato puree with 1/2 cup chopped pecans and 1 teaspoon orange zest. In a separate bowl, combine 2 1/4 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Mix with chosen wet ingredient combinations and bake in a loaf pan for 60 to 70 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

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