Monday, March 8, 2010

Goal for this week: Make my own bread

Okay so every week, I have a goal to make something new and from scratch. Last week I made cereal bars. I was going to make homemade yogurt this week, and I may still, but my priority has moved to baking homemade bread. Since I started staying home, we eat 2-3 loaves a week. At $1.69 for whole grain bread, that starts to add up when your budget is $60 a week. Why am I spending that money on crappy bread when I could make it myself?

I have no good answer to that question, so I might as well try to make it from scratch.

I don't have a bread maker though which stinks. I used to, but when we were robbed last year, it was stolen. So I have to make it without a bread maker. Luckily, that's the way it was done for thousands of years so there are a few recipes out there! :) I want my bread to look like this:

So I'm going to use the recipe that I found on here. It's from The Simple Dollar, which I've never been to before but a quick glance at it proves that it may be interesting! I'll have to take a closer look at it and see what I can find. I'm going to start out making a white loaf, like the author suggested but I will have to figure out how to make whole wheat because that's what we eat. We may eat thrifty, but I try to make it as healthy as can be.

I'm excited about this though. Wednesday is my grocery shopping day so I'm going to get yeast then, and I know I need more flour because of all the baking I've been doing (ick, my jeans are feeling a little tight today, better exercise!). I really hope my bread looks that pretty, and I hope it works!

I may still try yogurt but I don't know. Only if I have the time and/or patience. I know, it's terrible. You'd think I would have more time...sure I do, but it's spend chasing around my 16 month old who thinks she's Wonder Woman!! Plus, we're packing and I have a paper to write that is due on Friday! Busy, busy week!!

I'll let you all know how my bread baking goes! Wish me luck!


  1. I started making my own bread awhile ago and I am hooked! I don't think I will ever be able to go back to buying store bought it just taste better and I love knowing exactly what I am putting into it.

  2. Oh I bet it tastes better!! My husband is on a no high fructose corn syrup kick right now so he's excited about me making bread too. Plus, homemade bread is soo much better :)

  3. I've made homemade bread! You're right, it's more economical! Biggest tip is be sure to get the water warm enough to activate the yeast, but not too hot!
    You've got to try the recipe from this Blogger Mom...AHHHMAZING!!

  4. and it doesn't even require a breadmaker!!! Thanks Jenn!!! :)

  5. Oooh, I just tried out a new one today and it doesn't even need kneading, thus making it super easy if you don't have a bread maker. It was this one, Artisan bread in five minutes a day
    Hope that link comes up ok....

    It tastes great, Dh and the boys loved it, now I'm going to start doing it more wheat, less white.
    Making your own is so empowering!

  6. Oh boy, maybe I'll have to make 2 different kinds of loaves! :) Thanks girls, for the recipes. I think I'll try the ones you gave me instead of the one I found. This way, I KNOW the person who says it's good!

    I'll let you know how it turns out!

  7. Do the yogurt too! It's super easy. You just need to have 2 or 3 minutes to throw it in the crock pot and 2 or 3 mintues 3 hours later to mix in the starter. Super easy! I highly recommend it!

  8. I'm making the yogurt right now, as I type this! I found a recipe online and am hoping to God it turns out, considering I used 1/2 gallon of whole milk!! :)

    I'll put up a blog about my experience :D