Disclaimer: The bread in the photos has rye and flax seed in it. It makes two smaller loaves instead of the one big loaf discussed below. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the big basic loaf. And since I have no idea what my mother-in-law paid for the rye and flax seed, I'm waiting until I go to the store again to calculate that total.So, the story goes that we bought my mother a Cuisinart bread machine for Christmas a number of years back. She never used it. She couldn't get it to work like her old Dak, which they don't make any more. Well then my mother went home to Louisiana and learned that her aunt had an almost-new Dak that she has rarely-if ever-used. I told her to tell my Aunt Mable that I'd buy the bread machine from her if I could have my mom's Cuisinart. At Christmas, my in-laws, both good bakers, taught me some great recipes to use in my Cuisinart. They also taught me when it was logical to bake in the Cuisinart and when it yielded better results to finish baking the bread in the oven.Well, ever since then, I've really been wondering how expensive our bread actually was. Especially when I was encouraged to buy the best bread flour and yeast to make the most tasty loaves. I'm sure the price will change when I have to buy my own yeast, but right now, I'm calculating our costs based on what we've had to buy. I feel it's more realistic to our own lives.Cost to Make Bread
- $0.25 King Arthur Bread Flour (Publix)
- $0.25 King Arthur Whole Wheat Flour (Publix)
- $0.05 Sugar (Publix)
- $0.04 Oil Target)
- $0.01 Salt (Publix)
- Free SAF Yeast (Gift)
- $0.05 Pam (Publix)
- $0.65 Total
Oh, my! I'm seeing these numbers not too long before you. I'm stunned. Can I really make bread for less than I can get even the nicest breads at Publix for BOGO?! I really wasn't sure the price would be cheaper. But since it is, I'm feeling much, much better about the process. Previously, I was very happy to make our bread because it tasted much better and had fewer ingredients. But when it can be done on such a low budget, I'm almost beside myself with JOY! Maybe I didn't pay my Aunt Mable enough money for her bread machine so I could have my mom's!
Wheat Bread Recipe
This recipe has been passed down and around. Unfortunately, I don't know the original source. Please feel free to tell me if you know.
- a little over a cup warm water
- 1 3/4 T brown sugar
- 2 T oil
- 1 1/2 cups high gluten bread flour
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (white whole wheat is nice)
- 1 t salt
- 1 t yeast
- Pam for greasing loaf pan, if using
Put ingredients in bread machine in order. Put salt in one corner and yeast in opposite corner. Turn machine on mix only setting (My machine goes through the first rise.) or on full bake, but I've learned with this recipe the crust gets too hard in the machine. When first rise is finished, remove dough onto floured surface. Need dough for about 30 seconds. Roll into oval shape with ends under the loaf and pinched together. Place dough in pan. Cover and keep in warm place for 45 minutes-1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 about 20-30 minutes before rising is completed to ensure it is the correct temperature. Bake 35-40 minutes. Bread should be a nice brown color and should give a hollow sound when thumped on the bottom of the loaf. Remove to cooling rack, cooling loaf on its side.