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Homemade Italian bread with leftover whey {+survey}

November 21st, 2011 · 19 Comments · bread

Have you tried making ricotta yet? As I’m sure you could tell from my previous post, despite it being super easy – I felt pretty proud of making my own cheese. It was delicious! And do you know what I’m proud of now? Turning the leftover whey into some pretty fantastic homemade bread! It doesn’t seize to amaze me how simple ingredients like milk + cream can turn into cheese… and then with addition of flour, butter and yeast, you get bread! Totally incredible!


So yeah, I couldn’t bring myself to toss the leftover whey from making ricotta, so with your suggestions I decided to google some bread recipes. This recipe for Italian white bread looked super easy and I figured was the perfect way for me to try my hand at homemade yeast bread (yup, it’s my first!).

I used the Kitchen Aid with the hook attachment to make the dough – it came together in no time.


And then I split it into 2 sections, rolled them up (hoping that’s what I was supposed to do)…


… and let these 2 guys rest.



1 hour later, it was time to bake some bread! Seriously, doesn’t it sound easy?


It was! Smile

Adam was actually sick that day so I left for the gym and told him to pull the loaves out after 25 minutes of baking. I got home to the most amazing smell of freshly baked bread… with Adam jumping all around it, waiting for me to give him the ok to rip off a piece! DO IT!


The bread had a tight crumb and a mildly buttery taste… it almost melted in your mouth, sort of like brioche bread would except it didn’t have eggs. I kept catching Adam sneak “just one more piece”… he could not get enough!


I normally prefer whole wheat bread for my sandwiches, but this made for fantastic French toast one morning…


… and excellent stuffing for a little Thanksgiving potluck dinner with Shannon, Katie, and our significant others.


I have a few more slices left which I plan on turning into croutons. Yum!

I highly recommend making some ricotta and then this bread. You’ll thank me, I promise Smile

Oh, one more thing. As I’m sure you know, I’ve been also writing Russian Bites where I share recipes from my childhood as well as other fun-sounding recipes from the former Soviet Union region. I’m toying with the idea of combining the two blogs since I’m often conflicted about who I should be… the “Healthy and Sane” girl or the “Russian Bites” girl when I comment on other blogs or otherwise engage in the blogging community. So my question is this – would you be interested in reading about Russian recipes here on Healthy and Sane?  Please let me know in this 1 question survey below. Be honest!! I promise you won’t hurt my feelings if it’s something that just doesn’t excite you. I will still keep writing, I’ll just keep it separate.

Thanks!! 😀

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19 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Ranjani

    Gorgeous bread! I love that you used the leftover whey for this. I never knew what to do with it before.

  • #3 - shannon

    Definitely keeping this one in mind!! The bread worked great in the stuffing, I can only imagine how it was fresh out of the oven :)

  • #4 - Michelle

    I’m glad you found good use for the whey!

  • #5 - Sacha (Eating In or Out)

    What a great use of whey! For me, bread baking is probably one of the most rewarding things one can do in the kitchen. Sometimes, I’ll hand knead, because it’s so stress relieving! Glad you enjoyed it.

  • #6 - Kelly

    Glad you got your first taste of homemade bread. It’s definitely addicting and now there are so many varieties you can make. I love doing yeast-dough based caramel rolls and cinnamon rolls.

  • #7 - Hannah

    That bread is so pretty! Also, making your own cheese is very impressive.

  • #8 - Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living

    The bread looks light and perfect… and how awesome that you found a use for the leftover whey!

  • #9 - Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning

    Hey Elina! The bread looks amazing- I’m impressed!
    I loved looking through your restaurant reviews page. My husband is from Boston and we visit the city a few times each year to visit his dad. We had fun looking through your list and recognizing places we had been. Boston is SUCH a great food city, and I’m partial to a lot of restaurants in the North End and Back Bay.
    Have you been to Clink yet? In the Liberty Hotel in Beacon Hill? Probably the best meal I’ve ever had in Boston…

  • #10 - Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    This bread looks perfectly fluffy. How resourceful of you!

  • #11 - Alaina

    That bread looks great for dipping in some olive oil!

    I am so loving your pictures lately. I’m trying to use the manual settings on my camera so that I can take better quality pictures. There’s so much to learn!

    • #12 - Elina

      Thanks, Alaina! These are all taken indoors too which I’m really happy about. I think it’s a great idea to use the manual settings on your camera to get to know it a bit better. I don’t always do that but I understand the relationship between all the major components and adjust accordingly :)

  • #13 - Dana

    You bread looks so lovely! I’ve never used whey in bread making before, though I could see it going much they way it does when you use the water left over from boiling potatoes.

    (the stuffing looks divine!)

  • #14 - Hogger & Co.

    You are a talent in the kitchen; looks sooo good.

  • #15 - Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I definitely vote combining! I feel like the two blogs have enough of a link to one another that it wouldn’t distract from the other topics.

  • #16 - Megan

    I read both of your blogs, so if you feel like combining them… that just leaves me with one place to go!

    And the bread looks beautiful! I’m jealous that you have time to bake bread. I have a week off around Christmas and I’m already planning to make so many recipes.. like sticky buns and breads.

  • #17 - galit

    Haven’t had a chance to make the ricotta yet (but I REALLY WANT TO!!!) – and now I can look at your beautiful loaves of bread and REALLY WANT TO EVEN MORE!!! Any ideas on how to cook up some spare time are always welcome (sigh)…

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