Bread Making: Introduction

girlHeather says:

Over the coming weeks I will be posting a series of tutorials on bread making. If you are a novice baker, I invite you to attempt the tutorials in order. While I admire those who would like to begin by tackling 12 grain with sprouted wheat, may I suggest you practice on the simpler (and cheaper) recipes before mail ordering 12 grain mixes. Remember, bread making is only a frugal activity if you make and actually consume enough of the results to justify the cost of the materials.

I will begin with each recipe made by hand, followed by with a stand mixer.*

Included in the series will be posts on buying and storing baking items.

Posts in this series:

Meet the Yeast

*That is until my mixer goes kaput, it is beginning to make what I interpret as an ominous noise.


  1. Domestically Challenged on January 16, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    WooooHooooo! Yet again you ROCK!
    Making bread (the kind with yeast) is actually one of my New Years Goals! (doing happy dance)

  2. Heather on January 16, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    When you compare like to like, it is much cheaper to bake bread at home cost-wise. By like to like I do not mean the off brand white loaded with high fructose corn syrup. Compare the price to something of the same taste and texture.
    Now, if bread making keeps you from performing tasks that would bring in income, it would be more cost effective to hit the store.
    If it just means you are watching Desperate Housewives or whatever is on, while you knead, then I’d consider it time well spent.

  3. Margaret on January 16, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    I’m very interested to read this series. I don’t have a stand mixer, but I’m a serious bread baker and have always wondered how the stand mixer is involved. I bake bread because it smells and tastes great, makes great hostess gifts, and I have time because I’m a stay at home mom. I’m not sure if it’s cheaper – never checked. Hooray for home made bread!

  4. Lisa- Domestic Accident on January 15, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    I’m looking forward to this, too. The last time I tried to make a healthy wheat bread, I essentially baked a brick.

  5. Amy on January 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Looking forward to your series. I did several articles on the bread machine, but I don’t break out the stand mixer as often as I would like. Can’t wait to see what you cook up!

  6. hsgbdmama on January 15, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Yay! I’ve been so frustrated with balancing dh’s insistance on white bread with finding something healthier without high fructose corn syrup and at a reasonable price (the best I’ve seen is Target’s Whole Grain White bread, but it is $2.69/loaf).

    Additionally, we are not totally in love with our bread machine (which is 12 years old), and if I can utilize my stand mixer more, I might just forego buying another bread machine (hey, that’ s frugal, right? LOL).

  7. Colleen on January 15, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Thanks Heather! I am excited about this. Let’s get baking!! 🙂

  8. DaniGirl on January 15, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Ooo, just last night I was saying to my husband that I’d like to learn how to make bread because I know what I want but often have trouble finding it at the bakery. Can’t wait!

  9. chele on January 15, 2008 at 8:34 am

    I’m excited too. I used to bake bread all the time, and fell out of the habit. I made a loaf this past weekend and remembered how fun it is – and how rewarding the results are! 🙂

  10. Kacie on January 15, 2008 at 8:07 am

    Yay! I’m excited about this 🙂

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