Cost of Homemade Bread in Bread Machine

by Barb on March 26, 2008

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I make my bread in the bread machine almost every day. I used to do it using my Kitchen Aid mixer and I do miss the potato bread recipe from the Tassahara cookbook, but for now I’m using my bread machine. I was very fortunate to get my machine brand-new on sale at Kohl’s about 8 years ago for only $20. It’s been a great machine – the perfect size and never broken, despite being used several times a week. I love being able to dump the ingredients in, select the dough cycle, and voila, having a dough that rises perfectly and makes great bread.

My homemade bread recipe comes from my bread machine manual. I have used bread flour to make the recipe and the combination posted below; both work equally well.

Ingredients

3 cups all purpose flour .27
1 cup whole wheat flour .13
3 T. olive oil .51 (this could be cheaper)
3 T. organic sugar .03
1 1/4 cup water ~
1 T. yeast .03

Total: .97 for 2.5 lb. loaf of bread

Note: After the dough rises in the bread machine, I transfer it to a Pampered Chef stoneware loaf pan and let the dough rise in my oven with the light on for 40 minutes before baking at 350 for 30 minutes.

I could get day old bread at Shop Rite for $.75 loaf, but I need room to store the 2-3 loaves we use weekly, plus the loaves typically have extra ingredients in them, like chemicals. A more nutritious loaf of bread probably runs about $2.50 to $3 at Shop Rite and not much less at my local Pepperidge Farm outlet. I also need to factor in the time and gas for stopping at the outlet.

A homemade loaf of bread is similar in usefulness to cloth diapers in my mind. I can make the bread whenever I need it as long as I keep the ingredients on hand. I never run out of diapers when I’m using cloth since I can wash every other day. It’s a good thing. Smile.

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After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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