Baking bread is not only a frugal alternative to store-bought but it can be a healthier one too. I find baking bread to be a very enjoyable activity on my weekly to-do list (I wish I could say the same about other to-do items). I’m not sure I’ve ever met a person who didn’t love the smell of fresh baking bread, not to mention the taste! I also happen to like that the whole grain bread I serve fills my children’s bellies and keeps them full for quite awhile. Frugal and functional!
If you’re a beginning bread baker, don’t get worried about what exact recipe to use or all the ingredients you could possibly choose from. My advice would be to choose a type of bread you really like such as white, wheat or rye. Then go looking for recipes and decide if you would like to do loaves, buns/rolls, bread sticks, dough (for pizza or cinnamon rolls), etc. The possibilities are endless & basic bread baking skills are all you need to get started. You might want to do a little research on yeast and how to use it (if you’re not making flatbread that is). I use a mixer but having one is not a necessity. I’ve seen plenty of no knead bread recipes in the past-just like this one.
If you have the time (or desire) to research flour/grains, I think you’ll be intrigued. There’s so much to learn about the nutritional value (or lack of nutrition) in various flours and grains. Milling your own flour is the closest thing you’ll get to optimal nutrition in flour (in my opinion). Do you know someone who mills their own flour? Have you ever tasted bread from freshly milled flour? What’s your opinion?
This weekend I’ll be slowing down the pace after a crazy week. I’ll be making bread and my hopes are that it will make it through next week. Do you enjoy baking? Have you been making bread for your family for years or are you just beginning?