The other evening Husband and I were on a hot date to the grocery store. You understand that is sometimes how it is after nearly 20 years of married life. We were wandering along when he said, “I left my glasses in the car. Surely that doesn’t say $5.39 a loaf.” It did say $5.39 on the little tag under the loaf of bread he was pointing to.
“That,” I replied, “Is why I make our bread.”
Beside that, it makes the house smell good and gives me a great feeling of satisfaction. And, it only costs about a $1/loaf.
Here is my basic recipe.
BASIC, GOOD BREAD
Makes four loaves (easily make two with a half recipe–good for rolls, also)
4 c warm water
2/3 c sugar
4 c whole wheat flour (You can make with all white flour, too, or even a higher proportion of whole wheat.)
2 T yeast
2/3 c vegetable oil
1-1/2 T salt
1/2 c powdered milk
6 c all purpose flour
Mix first four ingredients. Let sit for 10 minutes. Then add the remaining ingredients to make a soft dough. Knead until smooth. Let rise until double. Divide into four sections. Shape each section into a loaf and place in greased pans. Let rise. Bake in preheated 375F oven for 35 minutes.
If I make this while people are at home, one loaf gets eaten right away, hot with butter and jam or honey. One is for sandwiches and the other two are frozen for later in the week.
If you want to have the fancy tops, score with a sharp knife just before putting in the oven.