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Make Your Own Sandwich Bread – – Great Way to Save Money

Homemade sandwich bread

 

A great way to cut down your grocery bill is to identify the items you use most often, and how to either get it cheaper, or make it yourself. Bread is something most of us use, and I find it rather expensive considering the ingredients. I’ve been making my own bread for years, but my experience has evolved. I love homemade bread so much, that even as a single Hill staffer I would dodge elegant events with free food and drink provided by lobbyists, so that I could get back to my apartment and knead my bread. This did not please my chief-of-staff, but hey, I was a spokesperson, not a policy person, so I didn’t need to be there anyway. Really all I wanted to do is come home, kick off my heals and bake bread. Of course now, I use a bread baking method which does not require kneading, so I’m a step ahead. This is so easy that it’s ridiculous.

There is a fantastic book which employs the “no -knead” method of baking bread, called “Artisan Bread Five Minutes a Day” This is not a gimmick, and they are not exaggerating. Also, the ingredients are few. When I was recovering from my surgery, we had to resort to store bought bread. Talk about suffering. Honestly, your average store bought bread is like an entirely different food than homemade bread. It does take forever to toast homemade bread because it’s so fresh – – drying it out is a real chore for your toaster. What a great problem to have.

If you use a regular loaf pan, you are going to have an issue with the slices being wildly uneven. If you want a long, even loaf like you buy in the store, you need a Pullman loaf pan. They are inexpensive, and will save you tons of money. The top is purchased separately, but is necessary. While you are buying stuff, I would really recommend you buying the “Artisan Bread Five Minutes a Day” book. Much like the salad spinner has changed my salad-making life, this book will change your bread-making life. The ease in the recipes are freeing for busy people.  This recipe I’m posting is the one I use every week, and I have it memorized along with a couple of amendments.

Light-Wheat Sandwich Bread

Adapted from, “Artisan Breads Five Minutes a Day”

1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
1 1/2 tablespoons Kosher salt
3 1/2 cups of warm water
5 1/2 cups white flour
2 cups whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 450. Mix yeast, salt, and water. Stir with a whisk. Add both flours. Mix until blended. Dough will be on the thinner side. Homemade sandwich bread dough Place towel over bowl and let rise for two hours.

Homemade sandwich bread risingStore in a tightly covered container for up to 14 days. When ready to use, turn dough out on lightly floured counter. Dust dough with flour and work into a ball, turning dough underneath as you turn. Homemade sandwich bread dough ball Place dough in well greased Pullman pan. Homemade sandwich bread in pan

Let rest 45 minutes to an hour. Homemade sandwich bread rising in pan  Bake for 45 minutes.  After bread is done, take out of pan and let cool.

Wasn’t that easy?

 

 

 

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  • Dianna April 17, 2013, 3:14 PM

    Your bread looks fantastic. I like that book too and now I want a pan like yours. 🙂

    • Laura Macklem April 17, 2013, 3:34 PM

      Thank you Dianna! I love the book and the pan so much – – they are both affordable and will save you lots of money. There is another recipe in that book for European Peasant Bread, and you put olives and rosemary in the dough in one of the recipe versions. To die for! You would pay so much money for that bread in the store, but this recipe I speak of does not require a bread pan — you just shape it in a round loaf.

  • Amanda April 17, 2013, 4:33 PM

    I love baking my own bread – I really won’t eat storebought white bread anymore (storebought whole wheat, in a pinch). I have the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes book, too. It was great when I was pregnant and kneading was uncomfortable, but now I enjoy the kneading (relaxing!), so I haven’t used it much lately.

    • Laura Macklem April 17, 2013, 7:44 PM

      Amanda, do you also have there second book about healthy breads? I have it, but haven’t made anything from it yet. What is your favorite recipe out of the first book? By the way, I love kneading too! However, I do love being able to throw a dough together in just a few minutes when I’m busy.

  • Angie November 30, 2013, 8:00 PM

    It would be easier, if you put the tempeture of the oven also!

  • Laura Macklem November 30, 2013, 8:59 PM

    Angie, I just updated the recipe. It’s 450. Sorry!

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