Friday, 17 February 2017

Daily Bread



My bread maker died on me a few weeks ago, I don't seem to have much luck at all with them.

I have decided not to have another one.

I did have two big tubs full of bread flour to use up though and I wasn't going to waste that.

This week I have made two rustic style loaves and I have to say they were really good.

If I buy bread from the supermarket it is always from the instore bakery we are not keen on the other stuff.

I was just trying to work out if it is still cheaper to make your own, but I don't really think theres much in it.

I just googled about the cost of running an oven this is what I came up with.


Average usage: 1 hour every day
Amount of energy used per week: 13.65 kWh
Cost per week: £2.46


I also checked the bread flour prices, it seems to be 95p for 1.5 kg in the main supermarkets, I think it is cheaper in Aldi and Lidl.

If you bake it whilst the oven is on already that cuts the cost down a bit.


Tonight's tea. Homemade bread with Currywurst. Delicious.


Lovey Bratwurst



Any one else bake bread by hand?

35 comments:

  1. There's not a lot nicer than buttered home made bread. Yours looks delicious.
    I'm baking all our bread at the moment, and I'm really enjoying it. It doesn't take very long and I usually put it in the oven when it's already being used. X

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  2. I have seen your bread Jules it always looks good, I used the mixer with the dough hook xx

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  3. Dan makes virtually all of our bread, most other bread makes me ill, even the in store bakery stuff. He finds the process relaxing after a week at work.

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  4. I have to agree, with all the time taken with rising and proving, it isn't really cost effective to bake bread at home but at least you know what's gone in the mix, you can adjust it to your own tastes {I use a lot less salt, even though it effects the rise} and it does taste one heck of a lot better than store bought!

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    1. Yes I do agree, no nasty preservatives. We all agreed it tasted much better, so I think if I am out shopping and need one I will buy the odd one but I think I will make most at home, and put it in whilst the cooker is on.

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  5. I used to bake bread when the children were small, but not now. We eat so little bread it isn't worth it.
    I gave my bread maker to my son who makes super bread with it...and sometimes brings me a loaf!

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    1. I can understand that and see that it is no longer worth it for you, nice of your son to bring some for you.

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  6. I no longer make bread by hand but I do use my bread maker. Shop bought bread makes my daughter poorly but she does seem to tolerate the bread that i make. Goodness knows what they put in the shop bought stuff!

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    1. Yes that is the thing at least you know whats in it,

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  7. I used to use a breadmaker, but much prefer using my mixer with the hook. We do buy shop bread, but nothing beats the smell of fresh bread baking xx

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    1. The advantage with a breadmaker is you don't have to do so much to it, but it does work just as well with the mixer and hook xx

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  8. I use the bread making machine, I would be lost without it.

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    1. They are handy, saves popping out for bread all the time.

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  9. wonderful idea .
    you succeeded very well as your bread looks great and tasty!

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  10. I don't like breadmaker bread - I sold mine on ebay years ago. I do make all of our bread and rolls by hand though - much prefer it and I can adapt the recipe/ size/ shape. Very simple recipe - flour, water, fat (trex,) salt and fresh yeast. No sugar. Fab results every time, whether white/ wholemeal or seeded. (for soft rolls I also add milk powder and 2 tsp of sugar)

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    1. Good on you for making it by hand never tried trex I have some in the fridge I will use it next time.

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  11. I use my stand mixer and make 2 large loaves, sliced up then into the freezer. I just take out what I need and it defrosts really fast, the loaves usually last for 2 weeks or more. I plan to have the oven on for a batch cooking session to spread the cost, my flour comes from Lidl and I have no complaints at all.

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    1. Making a double lot is a good idea. We have a new Lidl opening soon, so will have a look.

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  12. Our point about home made bread, was not the cost, but the ingredients, shop purchased loaves has so much unwanted stuff in them. We don't use bread mixes, but make our own flavours, much better taste and nothing hidden in them.

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    1. Yes I am with you on that, I think I will be sticking to home made.

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  13. no, I don't make bread. I'm a domestic goddess fail! ha ha. Your bread looks so good. I'd have scoffed the lot. x

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    1. I enjoy time in the kitchen but then I am not a sewer or crafter, we all have things we like more than others, You are a wonderful homemaker Sadie xxx

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  14. I've often made bread by hand, leaving it to rise on the radiator or in the warm conservatory before knocking it back a twice before baking. Its quite a workout getting the dough to the right consistency.

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    1. Your right it is hardwork.
      Hope you are keeping well Tania.

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  15. We make it by hand when we make it. I've a spare bread maker you'd be welcome to if we lived nearer x

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    1. Thankyou if we did I would have accepted your offer, thanks for the gesture, I will keep my eye on freecycle again xx

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  16. I don't make bread often, but when I do, I use a mixer (one I inherited from our elder son; he bought a new one, I had his old one!) with a dough hook, but I have made it completely by hand, but not for donkey's years because I find my arthritic hands won't now do the work. I once had a bread maker but I didn't like what it turned out, square blocks of bread and not all that nice to eat. Mind you, that was years ago, too. Perhaps they've improved since them.
    Margaret P

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    1. Yes they have come on a bit since they first came out, it works just as well in the mixer which is good, but the joy of the bread maker is putting the ingredients in a not having to do a single thing.

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  17. Sorry not quite on topic, but wanted to say thanks for the post about the gammon in the sc post. I saw a piece of gammon at a very good price in the supermarket early on Friday morning and bought it to freeze. Due to a family crisis that day I was able to get it in the sc before I went to work and provide a much needed meal for 7 people in the evening without any extra stress for all involved. Arilx

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    1. Glad it helped you out, hope the crisis is sorted and all is well with you xx

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  18. I've made my own bread, I do enjoy the process. I do not have a bread machine, I prefer to do all by hand and I have often let the dough rise outside in a sunny warm place. I have never worked out the cost of home baked vs store bought, home made sure seems to use a lot of flour. Sure, it's easier to grab a loaf of bread at the store, but mine is fresher, tastes better, I know the ingredients, and I can bake a huge variety of types of bread.

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    1. It is nice to know what goes in it, no nasties. As you say it is easy to adapt and make different sorts.

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    2. It is nice to know what goes in it, no nasties. As you say it is easy to adapt and make different sorts.

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