Apple Cinnamon Streusel Pull-Apart Bread | girlversusdough.com @stephmwise

It’s a big day, you guys.

Not only am I sharing a recipe with you that is, quite honestly, the best thing I’ve baked all season, it’s also the day I get to share with you the awesome partnership between Red Star Yeast and Stop Hunger Now and their joint campaign to bake the world a better place.

Oh, AND there is a giveaway at the end. AND it’s Friday. Let’s dance the Carlton for all o’ that.

Sometimes I think the food that I make doesn’t really matter or make a difference. I mean, yes, there is nothing I love more than to provide a meal to my family and to anyone who comes over — it’s what I love most about food, really, that it brings people together in a joyful and intentional way. But at the end of the day, I don’t feel like my enchiladas are going to save the world, just my hangry-ness.

That’s why Red Star Yeast and Stop Hunger Now are coming together to raise awareness of their mission: To end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. Did you know that 842 million people in the world do not have enough to eat, and that every day, more than 25,000 people die abroad of hunger and hunger-related causes? It is why Stop Hunger Now aims to provide nutritional, filling meals worldwide. In 2013, roughly 125,000 volunteers worldwide packaged more than 42 million meals for recipients in 30 countries. Also in 2013, Stop Hunger Now sent more than $9 million worth of donated goods — including antibiotics, birthing kits, water filters, school desks, projectors, fabric and solar lights — to countries in need.

In 2014, they — and we — want to make those numbers even bigger. And it can happen starting with the food we make in our homes.

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Classic Italian Bread | girlversusdough.com

Sometimes I wish I had one of those potions from Alice in Wonderland so I can make myself small enough to lay on a slice of this Italian bread like a pillow. A heavenly soft, carbolicious pillow.

But seriously, how wonderful would that be? Because not only are you totally comfy-cozy, you also have a snack right there to munch on as needed. And then when you want to eat the bread as a sandwich or make it into a yummy baked French toast or strata or something, you can take the potion that makes you big again. It’s perfect.

Aaaaaand I’ve lost you. But homemade, soft-on-the-inside-crusty-on-the-outside classic Italian bread, remember? Yes, let’s focus more on that.

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Caramelized Apple, Bacon and Blue Cheese Pan Pizza | girlversusdough.com

True story: This pizza was gone in less than 12 hours. That either means a) we are not eating enough pizza in this household so when we do, it’s a free-for-all or b) this pizza was just that good.

Considering I ate my weight in delicious pizza last weekend (and my husband has been known to down an entire frozen pizza on his own without blinking), I’d say it’s the latter.

But really, when you’ve got crispy bacon, caramelized apples and onions and loads of melty mozzarella and blue cheese for toppings, are you surprised? I know I sure wasn’t.

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Asiago Herb Hoagie Rolls | girlversusdough.com

Happy Labor Day, friends! I hope your weekends so far have been filled with family, friends, cookouts and beach days and any and all other possible ways to squeeze out the last bits of summer before autumn rolls in.

I’m not going to lie to you guys — I had a pumpkin mocha on Friday. I KNOW. I tried my best to avoid the premature pumpkin craze but, just like last year, I got the bug early. So I am officially on Team Pumpkin now. Please forgive me. I brought you some cheesy, herby hoagie rolls today as a peace offering.

I think we can all agree by now that there is no better sandwich than one with homemade bread, amiright?? It’s not a question, really. That is especially the case when said bread is topped with a garlic-herb butter spread and shredded Asiago cheese that gets all melty and browned in the oven. The smell alone wafting from the oven when I baked these beauties was good enough to lick the air. Yeah, it got strange. I’ll own up to that.

But back to the rolls. In case you have a hankerin’ for a decent sammich, have plans for last-minute Labor Day eats that could get a really good boost from Asiago herb hoagie rolls or want to join me on my recent cheese and carb-baking bender, this recipe is for you.

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Homemade Soft Flatbread | girlversusdough.com

Do you ever have one of those meals that just sticks in your mind days and days after you’ve eaten it because it was juuuuusst soooooooo gooooood?

Of course you do. Because you love food, like me. You are my people.

Welp, that happened to me most recently with a chicken and gyro shawarma pita sandwich. THIS pita sandwich, to be exact.

Right? Right?? Even looking at it makes me weak in the knees.

So obviously my natural reaction was to recreate this beauty in my own kitchen as soon as humanly possible. Unfortunately that was a whole week later and it was torturous, BUT — the end result was fantastic. And I’m so jazzed to share it with you.

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Homemade Sourdough Bread, Step by Step | girlversusdough.com

Awwwwwwww man, you guys. This post. THIS BREAD. It’s been a very long time coming.

Remember when I said I wanted to make more basic bread recipes for all y’alls on here? Well, that was the push I needed to finally get my hands dirty in the sourdough bucket, if you will (that sounds so gross, actually. Pretend I never said that).

I don’t know what it was about the good ol’ sourdough that made me so nervous. Probably the same thing that makes me nervous to make things like macarons, cheesecakes and puff pastries — precision, energy and patience that may end up yielding an epic fail. BUT! Having now made the sourdough, I am here to tell you that it is, in fact, not scary at all and while yes, patience is required, truly I tell you it is one of the easiest breads I have made in my years of carbo-loading bread baking.

And if that’s not enough to convince you to drop everything and make yo’self some sourdough today (OK OK, you can have your coffee first), I have some nifty step-by-step photos for you, so it’s like we’re making sourdough together! Which would be my favorite thing, ever. REALLY. Please come over and let’s hang out and bake schtuff.

Here we go!

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