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Baking with House of Bread

66 EpisodesProduced by House of BreadWebsite

A podcast dedicated to the craft of baking delicious and wholesome bread brought to you by House of Bread founder and CEO, Sheila McCann.

66 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Turkey shaped Challahs, perfect for the Thanksgiving table.

November 17th, 2022


In this episode Sheila covers how to make take Challah and make it into a festive bird with dinner roll shaped feathers.   (two medium sized loaves)

Episode 66 Prairie, the new name for the native American woman bread.

October 13th, 2022


This slightly sweet sandwich loaf was introduced once a week, and people loved it.  So, now we bake Prairie daily.   The recipe will yield two loaves. 

Sponge:  2.5 cups of warm water, 2 packages of yeast, or 2T, 3/4 …

Pumpkin Bread, the quick bread

September 17th, 2022


In this episode Sheila discusses how to make the Pumpkin Bread quick bread.    She explains the correct flour to use and also, the mixing technique …

Croutons. Transform stale bread into a tasty, crunchy salad topping, or just a scrumptious snack.

August 27th, 2022


In an empty large salad size mixing bowl, add the below. Let the mixture soak in the olive Oil, while you cut the bread. Cut bread in strips one way, …

Chocolate chip cookies-moist, fluffy and bursting with chocolate flavor!

August 3rd, 2022


· 3⁄4cup white sugar

· 1cup brown sugar

· 1cup butter, slightly softened at room temperature 10-15 minutes

· 1tablespoon vanilla

· 2 eggs,

· 3cups all-purpose or pastry flour

· 3⁄4teaspoon baking soda

· 3⁄4teaspoon salt

Customer types to expect in the bakery business. Some crazy, some particular, but all precious.

July 10th, 2022


While all our customers are appreciated, there are some unique ones that I've encountered over the years.   The great thing about owning a bakery, is you get to interact with all types of people, who share a love of …

Strawberry Cream Cheese Braided Loaf

June 15th, 2022


Delicious combination of fresh strawberries, cream cheese with a white based yeasted bread as the base.   

I suggest the Grandma’s white recipe for the dough that is below and discussed with more detail in episode five. …

Modifying the baking process to fit time constraints.

May 25th, 2022


Bread made properly takes time, but sometimes we just don't have the four hours needed.   In this episode, Sheila explains some options that may work for people trying to break up the process to better fit into their …

Taking care of your sourdough starter.

May 13th, 2022


When in doubt don't throw it out.  Refresh, by discarding half of it, and especially any of the smelly, colorful chunks-then just add about the same …

Sourdough English Muffins

April 19th, 2022


Show Notes. Sourdough English Muffins

¾ cup of sourdough starter

1 cup of warm water (approximately 100 degrees).

1 packages or one tablespoons of active dry yeast.

2 tablespoons of honey

3 cups of unbleached bread …

Lemon bars, a tart yet sweet lemony treat.

March 22nd, 2022


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Crust: combine together the flour butter, lemon zest and powdered sugar.

3 ¾ cups of white pastry or all-purpose flour

1 ¾ cups plus 2 Tablespoons of butter softened (not melted but …

Irish Soda Bread, bring a little luck to the table on St. Patrick's Day

March 10th, 2022


The luck of the Irish, wasn't about their cuisine but rather the propensity for miners of Irish decent during the gold rush to strike it rich.  At …

Traditional French Baguettes

February 24th, 2022


Thanks for listening.  

400 g of warm water or 1 ¾ cup

730 g of bread flour or 5.2 cups

4g of instant yeast or 2 tsp

10 g of salt or 1 2/3 tsp

Flour for dusting.

For traditional baguettes about 450G (14oz) baguettes, …

Sprouted Grain, not to be baked like Ezekiel did in the Bible.

January 28th, 2022


To sprout or not to sprout?  Why not, as it is pretty consistent that adding some sprouts to your diet is good for you and you don't need to bake over any dung.   The soaking and sprouting process enriches the wheat, …

Seven Heavenly Virtues for baking, business and life.

January 13th, 2022


Seven heavenly virtures: humility, willingness to adapt to change, caring about your customers, caring about employees, pricing your products correctly, marketing, doing the consistent little things to move towards your …

Croissants, a flaky buttery treat!

December 31st, 2021


I covered a double recipe for 48 croissants in the episode.  I'm including a more home based size that will yield 24 croissants. 

Step One

1 # 8 0z …

Cranberry Orange Holiday dinner rolls or bread

December 18th, 2021


There is something special about the combination of orange and cranberry.  This dough is bursting with both, which is why we call it orange cranberry …

Stollen, the German Christmas loaf

December 3rd, 2021


Show Notes: STOLLEN Two loaf yield.
I know I said I was Irish in my intro, I’m also half German. My Grandma McCann was German and her Stollen, was …

Pumpkin Sourdough

November 12th, 2021


The pumpkin twist on the sourdough is perfect for the fall season.  I suggest dividing the dough into two, shaping round and then adding an egg wash with a cinnamon stick in the middle. Cinnamon sticks can be found here …

Day of the Dead=El Dia De Los Muertos

October 26th, 2021


Sheila covers how to make the calaveras skull type bread and the pad de muertos which are the more traditionally shaped loaves.    The base is a …

Halloween pies-the Berry Scary Pie and the Jack O'Lantern Pumpkin Pie

October 17th, 2021


A delightful festive twist on the basic pie recipe of a mixed berry and pumpkin pie. 

Pie Crust yield two crusts.

2 ½ cups of pastry flour

1 …

Pumpkin Swirl, the yeasted version.

October 7th, 2021


This episode was a listener favorite and tis the season of pumpkin.   In this episode Sheila discusses how to make the Pumpkin Swirl and Pumpkin Pinwheels.   We use the Grandma's White dough as the base, and swirl in …

Autumn Apple Pecan Quick Bread

September 20th, 2021


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Spelt Bread, a nutritionally dense delicious loaf that is great for people who are gluten sensitive.

September 4th, 2021


Even though Spelt is recommended for gluten sensitive folks, I love it and I also love gluten!  So, give it a try even though you may be just fine …

Interview with a home baker who took her hobby to the next level with a cottage license enabling her to sell her home baked goods. Episode 47

August 20th, 2021


Sheila interviews Marian Bernick, who first developed a love of baking as a child and then formalized her baking education at King Arthur and House of Bread baking classes-before launching her own home baking business. …

Ancient Grains, what are they and their purported health benefits. Episode 46

August 6th, 2021


Ancient Grains have become the buzz words in marketing.   In this episode, Sheila tries to define Ancient Grains, even though there is no actual …

Potato Rosemary Bread

July 24th, 2021


A delightful chewy loaf with subtle flavors of rosemary.  Recipe will yield two loaves, but you can also make some tasty hamburger buns.

1 cup of …

What's it like to go from home baking to commercial baking-interview with McKinney franchisees.

July 10th, 2021


Dustin Marks and Mechelle Coate have recently become empty nesters and have decided the timing was right for them to pursue their long term vision of owning a bread bakery.  While Dustin had no experience, Mechelle was …

Peanut Butter Cookies, easy to make and universally appreciated by all peanut butter lovers.

June 25th, 2021


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Cheddar Cheese Beer Bread. Episode 42

June 11th, 2021


Thank you for listening, the recipe is below.  For more information about House of Bread, please visit To purchase the House of Bread recipe book, please visit

Fruit Pies, a perfect summer treat! Episode 41

May 31st, 2021


SHOW Notes:

In this episode, Sheila covers pie baking, with recipes for fruit pies and various topping options. 

To purchase the House of Bread recipe book, please visit To take an …

Lemon Bread

May 16th, 2021


This loaf has nice blend of sweetness with a hint of sourness. A creamier pound cake with a more complex citrus flavor.

3 ½ cups of flour-pastry or all purpose

2 ¼ cups of white sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp of baking soda

Artisan Hard Crusted Sourdough

May 2nd, 2021


This is a four day process.
Day one: 
2 cups of sourdough starter, 1 1/3 cups of white bread flour.
Pour sourdough starter in a mixing bowl or large bucket. Add 1 cup of flour and mix with yours hands until combined. …

Buttermilk Bran Muffins, a nutritional powerhouse and they are an incredibly delicious way to start the day!

April 21st, 2021


My go to breakfast at the bakery because they make me feel full longer and I like the tang from the cranberries as well as the buttermilk. …

Foccacia-a delicious Italian bread that can be used as a side to many entrees, a solid base for pizza or as a sandwich bread.

April 8th, 2021


For two 8 inch round loaves.  

4 cups of white bread flour

1/4 cup of olive oil

1 1/2 cups of warm water

1T of sugar

1T of powdered garlic

1T of salt

Hot Cross Buns, celebrate Good Friday with a little sweet and a bit of spice-all deliciously rolled up.

April 5th, 2021


The traditional Hot Cross bun goes way back in history to the start of the AD period.  Sheila gives you the House of Bread traditional recipe and some suggestions for creating your own tradition. Hot Cross buns have …

Easter Bread, Pane di Pasqua.

March 30th, 2021

Easter Bread about 2/3 dough and one Easter Doll. Start by getting your eggs colored

· 2 T white vinegar

· Liquid food coloring, your choice of …

Killer Brownies

March 3rd, 2021


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Ciabatta, the Italian slipper bread. Episode 32

February 24th, 2021


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Bagels, the boiled dough with a hole.

February 16th, 2021


Bagels, if they aren't boiled-then, it's just a roll with a hole.   Making bagels is super easy, and don't let the boiling part scare you!  

For a …

Chocolate Zucchini Bread, perfect for Valentine's Day or really-any day is better with chocolate!

February 9th, 2021


Chocolate zucchini is a very delicious treat that will last over a week on your counter.   You won't taste the zucchini but that's what keeps this …

Triple Chocolate Bread

February 3rd, 2021


A decadent yeasted chocolate bread that you can shape in a heart for the perfect Valentine's Day gift.   Plenty of chocolate and a bit of sugar to …

Troubleshooting lower hydration pan breads. Episode 28

January 28th, 2021


While never that much fun, because your loaves didn't turn out as you had hoped- troubleshooting can be a great learning opportunity!  With all doughs having unique personalities, prevents a one size fits all with …

Blueberry muffins and why this recipe should be in your baking arsenal.

January 24th, 2021


Until next time, happy baking everyone!

For more information about House of Bread, please visit and for more information about franchising, please visit You …

Gluten Free Yeasted Loaves: Traditional, Garden Herb, Seeded and Cinnamon Swirl. Episode 26

January 13th, 2021


In this  episode, Sheila covers making the traditional yeasted gluten free loaves.   She also discusses which flours to use, and some suggestions for some tasty add ins to give the product more flavor.   For more …

King's Cake with versions for Mardi Gras or Three King's Day-that are fit for a king! episode 25.

January 5th, 2021


A delicious sweet yeasted dough, topped to make a dessert tray the life of the party-complete with a baby inside.   While the base of the King's Cake is the same, Sheila explores the different decorating techniques for …

Healthy Harvest Grain-a whole grain seeded sandwich loaf. Perfect for your New Year's resolutions.

January 2nd, 2021


The Harvest Grain has 14 grains, and five grams of fiber per slice for a nutritional power house of a bread.   Sheila goes into how to make the whole …

The business of baking-will people buy your baked goods? Episode 23

December 29th, 2020


In this episode, Sheila discusses why people buy baked goods, and how to position your products to appeal to consumer's desires for delicious and nutritious products.   She also goes into pricing considerations in order …

Scones, the perfect companion for your breakfast tea, or coffee.

December 24th, 2020


Scones: the breakfast staple.    Sheila describes how to get that perfect flaky rich buttery flavor.    Please subscribe and share this podcast with another bread head. For more information about House of Bread, please …

Gingerbread, the bread that tastes like Christmas.

December 18th, 2020


Want your kitchen to smell like the holidays-then whip up some gingerbread to spice up your home.   The recipe below will yield two loaves, allowing …

Panettone, the Italian Christmas Loaf, episode 20

December 13th, 2020


In this episode, Sheila explains the similarities and differences from Stollen, the German Christmas bread, and Panetonne.    After a review of the …

Bread Santas, Cinnawreaths, Sweet and Savory Christmas Trees and more fun holiday shaping!

December 3rd, 2020


Show Notes. In this episode, Sheila describes how to make the holiday themed creations out of Grandma’s White. The recipe is the following:

1 1/2 …

Cinnamon rolls, who doesn't love them?

December 2nd, 2020


Welcome to the warm comforting place of cinnamon rolls.  I sure hope you enjoy the episode and welcome any feedback at …

Cranberry Orange Walnut-holiday quick bread

November 26th, 2020


Welcome to episode sixteen of the Baking with House of Bread Podcast. In this episode, I am going to talk Cranberry Orange Walnut the quick bread, which is a zestier pound cake with an intriguing citrus and cranberry …

The Business of Baking-should you sell your baked goods? episode 14

November 6th, 2020


In this episode Sheila discusses the differences of baking just for pleasure and baking in exchange for money.   Sheila also describes different options to start, characteristics of an owner to consider and the …

Autumn Pies: Pumpkin, Pecan and Country Apple

October 21st, 2020


Fall pie baking that includes a recipe for two buttery flakey pie crusts, Pumpkin, Pecan and Country Apple pie fillings.    The Pumpkin Pie has a perfect spice combination and the Pecan has a caramel filling with …

Episode 9: Sourdough Bread

September 25th, 2020


In this episode, Sheila describes how to make the Sourdough loaf. The recipe is

the following:

¾ cup of sourdough starter

1 cup of warm water …

Episode 8: Challah

September 19th, 2020


In this episode Sheila covers how to make Challah, from the mixing to the braiding.   (two medium sized loaves)

2 1/2 cups of warm water (approximately 100 degrees)

2 packages or one and 3/4 Tablespoons of active dry …

Episode 7: Sourdough Starter

September 12th, 2020


In this episode, Sheila describes how to make your own sourdough starter. 

The recipe is the following:

Initial mix day one: 1 cup of slightly warm …

Episode 6: Honey Whole Wheat

September 5th, 2020


In this episode, Sheila describes how to make Honey Whole Wheat.   The recipe is the following:


2 ½ cups of warm water.

2 packages of instant …

Episode 3: Elements of Baking Bread beyond Flours

August 21st, 2020


The Elements of Bread other than flour and how to spice up or sweeten up your doughs.  In this episode we discuss choosing the right leavening agents, how different type of liquids affect the doughs, how and when to add …

Episode 5: Grandma's White Bread made simple.

August 20th, 2020


Show Notes. In this episode, Sheila describes how to make the number one favorite at House of Bread: Grandma’s White.   The recipe is the following:

Episode 4: Turning the Ingredients into Dough

August 14th, 2020


In this episode, everything from kneading, shaping, scoring, baking, cooling and slicing your own homemade loaf is covered.   You can subscribe to …

Episode 2: Equipment

August 14th, 2020


In this episode, Sheila explains the necessary equipment to start your bread making journey and eventually the type of equipment that would be nice …

Episode 1: Flours, the foundation of great bread.

August 14th, 2020


In this episode, Sheila discusses the different type of flours used in baking breads, pastries and pizza doughs.   The episode explains why it is important to start with the right flour for each type of baked good. …

Baking with House of Bread Episode 0: Intro

August 7th, 2020


Show notes: In this episode, Sheila reveals her motivation to leave the practice of law and open a bread bakery.  You can subscribe to the podcast …

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