Stop Buying Bread.
It’s only flour + water. Easy stuff.
I’ve been making my own bread for years. Not only do I save money by making it myself, the bread I make is 100x better AND fresher than the crap they sell at the store or farmers market.
- 3 cups of flour
- 1 and 1/2 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of salt (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon of yeast
TIME: 3-4 hours for rush bread, or 24 hours for maximum awesomeness.
Salt is only 99cents at the 99cent store. Cheap!
|INGREDIENT||COST||BREAKDOWN||RECIPE CALLS FOR||COST 1 LOAF|
|Flour 5LB bag (16.5 cups)||$2.99||18.1 cents per cup||3 cups||54.3 cents|
|Salt 1LB (80 x tspns)||$0.99||1.2 cents per tspn||1 tspn||1.2 cents|
|Yeast 4OZ (40 tspns)||$4.58||2.8 cents per 1/4 tspn||1/4 tspn||2.8 cents|
|Water (tap water)||$0.00||0 cost – tap water||1.5 cups||0.0 cents|
TOTAL = 58.3 cents per loaf
How To Make:
1. Put all dry ingredients into a bowl. Mix it up with hand.
2. Add the water. For fast bread, add hot water. Slow bread can be cold or warm water.
3. Mix it up for 15-20 seconds only, should look “shaggy” like this:
4. Cover it up and leave it for 18 hours. Its OK if it sits longer, and totally fine if you cut it short a few hours.
5. Should look like this in 18 hours:
6. Pour/scrape dough onto a floured surface. Put a bit of flour on top.
7. Fold it in half a couple times, should look like this:
8. Put it in a proofing bowl, or in a tea towel with some flour on it.
9. Let this sit for another 1 – 3 hours.
10. Pre-heat oven to 475 degrees. This can take a long time depending on your oven. BE SURE TO pre-heat WITH the cast iron pot+lid in it already.
11. Put the dough in. Cover it with lid. Bake for 15 minutes with LID ON.
12. Take LID OFF, continue to bake for another 15 minutes until your bread looks like this:
12. Remove and put on cooling rack. Don’t freak out if you cook for a few mins longer or shorter. The bread will be fine.
13. ENJOY 🙂
I found this 7 minute cool video to make the short 3-4 hour version. Maybe I should have just posted this video at the start instead of writing all this out!
Now, stop buying expensive artisan bread! (Except from my stall at the farmers market, whenever I get around to opening one 🙂 )