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.
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)
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!