If you are anything like me, you want the most nutritious bread for your family. That bread can cost upward of $5.00 a loaf when it is not on sale. Additionally, I have been trying to rid my home of preservatives. Which is hard but in the end I believe will be worth it.
A few months ago I thought about just making it from scratch. I have a Kitchen Aid with a dough hook which will take care of the part I (and my wrists) hate, kneading! I am quite sure I am not alone in this dislike.
Thanks to mechanized kitchens, we no longer have to. All I was lacking was a good recipe. So I did what any self-respecting woman would do, look on Google. Why not? I came across a great blog HappyMoneySaver. You can find the original recipe here. Which for the record is great, but I just can’t help changing most recipes. I like to change some of the ingredients and make it … mine.
After making the recipe a few times I wondered if I was truly saving any money but expending a little extra effort. The answer ended up being Yes and No.
- Organic King Arthur Flour: From the 5lb bag you get get roughly 19 cups so that equates to $.44 each.
One Degree Organic Foods Organic Sprouted Whole Wheat Flour: 80oz. gets about 18.75 cups equating to $.70 each.
One Degree Organic Foods Organic Sprouted Spelt Flour – 80 oz: also get 18.75 cups at $.94 each.
Nature Nate’s Raw Honey: if you get 32oz you will get about 16 uses $1.10 each 1/4 cup. I use the honey left in the measuring cup to spread on the top after heating it a bit in the microwave. However I also use things like Buckwheat Raw Organic Honey which comes out to be about $2.50 a 1/4 cup.
Fleischmann’s Yeast, ActiveDry 4 oz Jar: 16 uses $.60 each.
- Old fashioned Oats: I got this from my co-op for $1.19/lb. for $.33 each 3/4 cup.
- Raw Milk: I am lucky enough to live in a state where we are allowed to buy raw grass-fed milk however this is pretty pricy at $10-14 a gallon. I get mine for $10.50 for $.66 a cup.
You could make yours for much cheaper. I chose to buy more expensive ingredients because I am making it at home I feel like I am getting a superior product. If I bought a bread make by a bakery with all these ingredients I would be willing to be this bread would be upwards of $10-15 a loaf. I recently ended up buying an loaf of Oat Nut Bread from the store because I was sick and really didn’t have the energy to make it. I realized that my bread tastes so much better and is much more satisfying over all.
Here is my version of Karrie’s recipe.
I end up making this about 2 times a week and takes me about 30 of actual activity. In total there is about 3 hours for prep + rising+rising again+ cook time. Don’t be discourage by this however. With a little bit of planning you can work this right into a night where you are staying at home for the evening.
I would love to hear what you think of this recipe!