During my pregnancy and the stage of having a new infant I purchased bread because I just didn't have the extra energy to make it. But lately, I've been feeling energetic again and have noticed that quality bread has gotten VERY expensive in our town.
So, on Monday, I decided to make up a week's worth of bread for my menu plan. I took my favorite recipe and multiplied it by 6. I'm thankful for my enormous tupperware bowl that I got at a yard sale for 25 cents because it is big enough to mix it all in.
If I had been making 1 loaf, I would have used my trusty bread machine. But this batch was far too big for that.
I set it on the porch in the hot sunshine for a while and it rose very nicely. Am I the only one who uses her van to raise bread sometimes in the spring, summer, or fall? Cars sitting in the sunshine are always nice and toasty, perfect for raising bread dough.
The recipe x 6 ended up making 3 pans of homemade hamburger buns, 1 pan of breadsticks, 3 smaller loaves and 2 large loaves.
We ate the breadsticks with ravioli later in the week.
We shared a couple of loaves with friends who came over for Pray and Play one morning.
We used the buns for BBQ chicken sandwiches one night and Ham and Cheese Melts another night later in the week.
Would you believe that every bit of this bread was gone by Thursday night after dinner? That means from Monday afternoon, when we had some for snack, to Thursday night, we ate 6 large loaves worth of bread! If we hadn't shared with company it may have lasted a day or two longer, but still, that means our family can easily eat 6 large loaves a week!
In a perfect world I would make this much bread every Monday. I'm going to try to continue to do so on Mondays in the future, but I'm not opposed to being flexible and buying bread as I need to if my schedule doesn't allow for it. Do you bake your own bread or find it cheaper/easier to buy it?