I've been making all our bread for a while now, but the latest,
and by faaaaaaar the easiest bread I have tried is Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a Day.
This is a no-knead bread, which is why it is so quick and easy.
You quickly mix the dough in one bowl, then keep it in the fridge, taking a chunk out and cooking it whenever you need some bread.
And just LOOK at the results...mmmmmmm...
It looks tasty,
It slices well,
(well, it would if you could wait until it cooled to start hacking it up...)
And the whole family liked it.
Ticks all boxes.
There are a few benefits to making your own bread, and cost savings is only one of them.
Although you can often get fairly cheap bread, sometimes day old at the store or corner bakery, you'll find it's nowhere near as fresh (obviously, right?), or healthy, as your own home made bread.
For example, if you live in Australia, nearly all bread you can buy in the store has been fortified with various things, the latest being folate. (See my rant on that here)
And the long-term effects of extra folate on people who do not need it.....meaning anyone who's NOT pregnant.....are unknown.
So, making your own makes sense all round.
Buy your flour in bulk, either in the store (though check if it's had folate added) or online to keep costs minimal.
To store it, a bayleaf in the bag will keep bugs away, but try and find a lidded container for storing large amounts. Sometimes you can scrounge these sort of containers from delis or bakeries, where they may have stored yoghurt, pickles, jams or something similar.
Try out some of the different types of flours available. I use spelt flour, spelt being an ancient grain, higher in protein and lower in gluten than wheat flour. You could also try kamut flour, or experiment with gluten free bread. Or buy and grind your wheat, maybe sprouting it first.
The possibilities are endless.
And it makes the house smell so good!