I make our own bread.
We eat bread almost daily: sometimes two loaves a day. In total I usually make about 30 loaves a month using about 70 lbs of flour and I can guarantee you if this were a difficult thing to do I would not be doing it!! I only buy two loaves of bread from the super market each month and I put them in the freezer for those days when we need bread to eat but I need the extra time more.
Home made bread is much cheaper: even buying the local organic flour from our Co-op I save a lot of money on bread. Home made bread is so delicious even the artisan stuff doesn’t compare to a hot loaf fresh out of the oven. You can make an organic real food loaf for less than half the price of the shop bought stuff with none of the hidden ingredients. If you find a recipe that works for you its easy to tweak it till it suits your tastes perfectly! For example: M. likes his bread with a little sweetness but when my mother in law is over I bake loaves with no sugar added because she doesn’t like the sweetness.
Until I hurt my back and couldn’t knead the loaves I was doing it all by hand. My back forced me into making the decision to get a stand mixer, I’m super happy to have the mixer but trust me that your bread will come out just as nice (maybe even better) and takes only 5 minutes more kneaded by hand. There is a lot of scary snobbery about bread making: You don’t need to be a baker or wonder chef to do it! You don’t need a special oven that gets to extra ordinary temperatures! And you don’t need to devote half a day to the task! This recipe makes two 2lb loaves and is super versatile and takes 2 hours start to finish (1 hour of which you aren’t even doing anything to it). Later in the week I will share with you some variations on the recipe that we use all the time to make pizza bases, cinnamon/pumpkin rolls, and naan bread.
550 ml (1/2 qt) warm (to touch) water
2 Tbs dry yeast
2 Tbs sugar or Honey
1 kg (2 lbs 3 oz) bread flour (Do weigh it out- it is far more accurate than measuring in cups) I use different flour mixes depending on what I want the loaf to be like but if you use less than 2/3 white bread you need to up the water content of the loaf and increase it rising time. I like to substitute 300 grams of white flour for 200 g home-ground whole wheat, 50 g chia seed, and 50 g oat bran and add another 30 mls water.
1 tsp salt
2 Tbs olive oil