Monday, April 27, 2009

White Bread

Trying to be cheap, I've been buying the cheapest loaves of bread at the store. What I've learned? Store-bought bread doesn't taste good unless it costs at least $2 a loaf.

Then Mom handed over her breadmaker.

I'm hooked.

My biggest hangup about making bread was that the bread wouldn't be usable for anything except that - plain bread.

Oh was I wrong.

It made the most delicious grilled cheese sandwiches. Ever. My 2 year old and I just sat here eating, not saying a word. I'd make breadmaker bread just for the grilled cheese sandwiches.

Cost: Homemade (.83 to .98)
Convenience: Storemade (5 seconds to 3 1/2 hours!)
Taste: Homemade (3 thumbs up)
Health: Homemade
Homemade bread wins by a mile. The crust was a too crispy for me, so I'll experiment more. However, it was so easy and perfect for sandwiches. I'm going to try to make a loaf every Sunday.

Wheat bread soon to come...

Traditional White Bread - 2 lb loaf

1 + 1/3 c water
4 tsp softened butter or margarine
4 c bread flour
2 TB sugar
4 tsp dry milk
2 tsp salt
2 tsp active dry yeast

1. Pour water into the bread pan.
2. Add butter.
3. Pour flour into the pan. Follow with sugar, dry milk, and salt.
4. Make a well in the dry ingredients. Pour yeast into the well. Yeast should NEVER touch liquids.
5. Snap pan into breadmaker and start it up!


  1. I never thought of Bread from a bread machine for grilled cheese sandwiches. Great idea!

  2. This looks like a great recipe and I LOVE homemade bread, but unfortunately I do not own a breadmaker. Can the recipe be adjusted for use in a conventional oven or is that just way too much work?