5 Tips for Baking Bread


Making your own bread is a delicious accomplishment.  There’s nothing like fresh homemade baked bread! For those of you who are gluten intolerant like myself, there’s still hope for us. I’ve found that almond flour can make great biscuits and pancakes! Let’s not forget coconut flour – it makes the best banana bread!

I hope you’ll find these tips for baking bread useful!

  • Knead your dough for 30 seconds after mixing to improve the texture of baking.
  • Substitute cooking oil in waffles and hot cakes instead of shortening.
  • While bread is baking, a small dish of water in the oven will help keep the crust from getting too hard.
  • Dip a spoon in hot water before measuring shortening or butter.
  • Be sure to preheat your cookie sheet, muffin tins, or cake pans before doing any sort of baking. 

Garlic Bread Loaves on a Budget!

garlic bread

If you have read my Meatloaf recipe, you will know that I am famous for creating recipes with the items I have on hand. Especially when payday is five days out! 😉 It is almost like a game for me at this point. We have a family of 5 and live on a very tight budget. I am always scouring through the pantry to see what I can create!

Last night we had BBQ chicken and macaroni & cheese. I noticed a couple of packs of hot dog buns lying on the counter.  I could tell they weren’t going to last much longer. I would probably be throwing them out since we didn’t have any hot dogs and like I said, payday is five days away.

I decided to make Garlic Bread Loaves with them. I buy garlic loaves at the store occasionally, but they can be expensive unless you have a coupon. Plus, there is usually 6 pieces in a box, which doesn’t go far with a hungry family of 5!


Garlic Bread Loaves on a Budget!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Garlic Bread Loaves on a Budget!


  • Hotdog Buns
  • Garlic Powder
  • Butter


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place Hotdog buns on cookie sheet
  3. Spread top with butter
  4. Sprinkle Garlic Powder on top of each bun
  5. Optional* Turn oven to Broil and stay right by it! The garlic loaves will brown in a minute or two!

I was surprised that it went over as well as it did. 🙂 They ate them all!
You can pick up a store-brand of hotdog buns for around $1.25 and make 8 garlic bread loaves to top off a delicious dinner.