Friday, March 20, 2009

Take That! (I say to the economy)

I made laundry detergent this morning..... made dish washing detergent also... ($17.00 + $6.00, respectively, saved off the list for Costco or Sams)

Made double batch of wheat bread that just came out of the oven...
(whacked another $5.00 off the list, for the cheapest double loaf package of pseudo-wheat bread one can find at Costco or Sams)

Wheat Bread

1 cup warm water
1 tbsp milk or soymilk
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1-1/2 cups unbleached wheat flour, all purpose
1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3 tbsp wheat germ (raw, not toasted)
2 tsp active dry yeast

(*you may replace the above flours with all whole wheat, subtract 3 tbsp of the whole wheat flour and replace with vital wheat gluten to improve texture. However, I couldn't find my vital wheat gluten this morning, and when I contemplated cleaning the pantry out to find it.... I chose to back away slowly and just use half/half flours as above.)

You may make this the old fashioned way, if you have time, and aggressions to work out while kneading the dough. I just slapped the ingredients in the bread machine and let it mix and complete the first rise. Then I put the dough into bread pans and completed the second rise and baking. (350 degrees for 35 minutes)

So THERE, Economy! I've saved $27.00 today already! (Plus my house smells heavenly!)


Yvette said...

Hey, I have one of those bread maker machines. Want it?

Karene said...

I love the smell of homemade bread too !!! Wish I had a bread maker but then when would I find the time.

Carol said...

Oooh. Yum. The bread would go great with the meat loaf I am making for dinner :)

Don't know if I would have the gumption to make my own soap stuff but good for you.