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Simple Living Homeschool: Jalapeno Bread

Hi sweet friends!

In this series we’re sharing our slow homeschool, garden, and everything in between here on our backyard homestead. Come join us in baking Jalapeno Bread and finding beauty in the ordinary things.

The jalapeno flavor in this bread is fairly mild so our children really enjoy it. Some of our favorite ways of eating it is making cast iron chicken and cheese sandwiches, having it along the side of fried eggs in the morning, or toasted with a simple spread of fresh salted butter.

The recipe is listed below and if you visit the link, you’ll find a free downloadable version so you can print it out for your little ones.



o 3 ¾ cups water

o ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

o 4 cups all-purpose flour

o 2 cups whole wheat flour

o 1 tablespoon sugar

o 2 teaspoons salt

o 2 ½ teaspoons active yeast

o 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese

o ¾ cup pickled jalapeno slices


  1. Mix all ingredients except the jalapenos and cheese in a large bowl.

  2. Cover with plastic wrap or tea towel and let the dough rise for 12 hours in a warm place.

  3. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees with your (2) cast iron dutch ovens inside.

  4. Pour the dough on a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.

  5. Add the jalapenos and cheese. Knead for an additional 5 minutes.

  6. Separate the dough into two equal pieces and form them into a balls. Place each of them on a piece of parchment paper.

  7. Pull the dutch ovens out and place the parchment paper and dough ball inside. Cover up and bake in a 450-degree oven for 30 minutes.

  8. Take the lid off of each dutch oven and bake in a 425-degree oven for an additional 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

New Blog Series:

Many of you that follow us on Instagram expressed interest in our weekly budget meals. I'm so excited to share them with you!

In this Purposeful Cooking series I will share the following:

-How I shop sales each week

-Meat choice cooked on Sundays

-Meals we eat throughout the week using that one meat


-How our children help with meals for their homeschool

-How we use our garden to cut down on cost

-Cost breakdown for some of the meals

This week we will be working from our roasted chicken.

We roasted 2 whole chickens that were approximately 5 lbs. each. We purchased 10 chickens at $1.49/lb. and froze 8 of them for later. Tip: We always buy in bulk when we find a sale (especially on meat because it can be costly). This wasn't the best sale I've seen on whole chickens however, we needed to stock back up on chicken in our home.

Meals planned this week using the roasted chicken include:

Meal 1: Chicken Alfredo with Sautéed Spinach

Meal 2: Cast Iron Chicken and Cheese Sandwiches on Jalapeno Bread

Meal 3: Spinach Salads Topped with Roasted Chicken

Meal 4: Chicken Enchiladas and Roasted Corn

Budget and Planning Information:

We're a day behind this week because of Mother's Day so we roasted our chickens on Monday night. Our Meals this week will go from Monday-Thursday.

Our Chicken Alfredo meal last night cost us approximately $6.50 to feed a family of six. Adding items from our garden such as spinach, onions, and garlic cuts down on our grocery bill quite a bit.

Homeschool Cooking

Generally, we start cooking at 4:30 pm so that we have plenty of time for our children to be included. Of course, some days don't always work out that way and I have to do more than I planned for them but I try to have them involved in making meals as much as I can.

Tip: For homeschool documentation, have a section in your portfolios that lists the meals your children have cooked. It's neat to look back at all the meals they had a hand in over the past year.

Click the link below to access your free downloadable version of this recipe.

Simple Living Homeschool Jalapeno Bread
Download PDF • 6.14MB

Thank you for stopping by. We’re hopeful you enjoy making this recipe in your homeschool and share it with friends.

Have a blessed day!


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