Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tasty Tuesdays: Homemade Bread

I had a really hard time trying to decide whether to make this a Tasty Tuesday or a Thrifty Thursday post, but since it's food Tuesday won out, but it's such a great deal.....ahhh I'm so torn!

Anyway, I love the smell of homemade bread, it makes the house feel warm and homey, it's delicious, and it's always fun to serve up a loaf of something beautiful that you created all yourself!
I roughly figured out the cost and it's surprisingly frugal!

Flour - $2.05
Eggs - $0.14
Yeast - $0.32
Sugar - $0.24
Salt - $0.17
Oil - $0.18
Water -Free, I know not really, but you know.
GRAND TOTAL - $2.96/4 loaves = $0.74/loaf!!!

Here is the recipe I use:
14 cups of flour
3 T of yeast
1 cup sugar
2 T Salt
2 eggs
1 cup oil
4 cups water

Dissolve 3 T of yeast in 1 cup of water and add pinch or two of sugar. Wait for it to foam (approx. 15-30 mins)
Add 1/2 your flour (7 Cups)
Add 2 T of salt
Add the rest of you 1 Cup of sugar
Mix well
Add your 2 eggs
Add 1 cup of oil
Add the rest of your flour gradually (7 cups)
Knead until smooth (approx 5-10) (Put flour on your counter)
Wash out your mixing bowl and place your smooth dough ball in it to rise
Let your bread rise for 2 hours, punching it down every 30 mins (4 times)
Separate into 4 balls
Make each ball into 6 ropes
Braid you bread (see tutorial)
Let the braided loaf rise for 1.5 hours on a greased pan
Brush bread with whisked egg for an crisp, shiny egg wash
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cook for 30 mins

Here is the tutorial on how to braid it.
Let me know if you have any questions!!!!

I slice and then toast it and it makes delicious sandwiches or it makes wonderful bread for dinner just by itself, or add butter and garlic and bake! Since it makes 4 loaves, I usually freeze a couple, give one away, and then enjoy a fresh warm loaf that day! This goes really quick and is a favorite, but it makes great sized loaves!

If you are wanting freeze some, the best way I have found is by wrapping the loaf in tin foil first and then wrapping it with plastic wrap really well. When it comes time to thaw, I let it thaw wrapped for about 2-3 hours and then unwrap it so it doesn't get soggy.

I wanted to include a picture of my own loaf, but I turned on the camera and all there was was a ghostly pink screen, hmmmmm.....that's great!


  1. Yummmmmmmm..... I grew up on homemade bread and haven't made it since. Maybe I'll try it! After we move, haha... I'm not buying any more food until then because I don't want to pack any more than I have to! And eggs must be cheap up there! They are running about $1.40 / dozen here... of course, I don't have a Save-a-Lot, boo hoo. :(

  2. Sounds good. I'm amazed that you have the time - I'm good to get rolls in the oven most days - ha ha!!