I have recently delved into bread making. There were a few hits and mostly misses at the start. When I mentioned to my dear family that we would be having homemade bread with dinner, the kids would roll their eyes and my husband would encourage me to “just relax” and he’d “pick up a loaf on the way home”. In case you can’t read through those line, he means “oh please, not again”. I remember one particular loaf of olive oil & sea salt that was so bad even the dog wouldn’t eat it. Who knew baking powder could expire? The good news is that I’m always learning and improving. Mostly I’ve picked up some great tips, tricks and secrets along the way. Here are nine secrets I’ve learned as well as a few great recipes to try.