Saturday, November 05, 2011

Toast!

Give us this day our daily bread.....

Do you eat bread every day?  I think I do most days.  This is a sample of our daily bread, fresh baked.  Saturday was bread-baking day and Peach and I played Betty Crocker and Suzie Homemaker together while Toodles took her morning nap.  It was so much fun (for me) to have another baking helper at the counter as I did years ago when my children rolled and patted and formed their own little bread loaves and put them into child-sized pans while I made the big loaves.

I've been making our daily bread for three decades now and I have a hard time bringing myself to buy bread from the store.  For me, it's more about being able to make different kinds of bread, it's about freshness and the smell of homemade bread in the oven.  Since I can make bread and I know how cost efficient and healthy it is to make homemade, I just do it.  I like to do it, and that makes a big difference too.  

Quite some time ago, I did the math on the cost of making bread at home, and I came up with 30 cents a loaf.  It could be a little more these days, but not much more. Ah ha!  I found one baker here that says she makes her bread for 75 cents per loaf, but if you buy your supplies in bulk like I do, I think you can further reduce that price. My kids used to beg for "town bread" back when they were littles and now they prefer homemade breads.  Third-Born son even started baking his own bread after he left home when his sister-in-law gave him her bread machine.  I was so proud of him!  Only Daughter bakes bread now and then for her family and so does my daughter-in-law.  I think it's a good skill to have and to practice because we all know.... practice makes perfect loaves.

I love to eat just plain old bread & butter, especially when it's warm from the oven, but I go in spurts with my choice of  spreads.  Most mornings I have a stack piece of toast with my eggs or yogurt or oatmeal, and I love to make what I call a "dessert toast" at the end of breakfast.  Right now Honey and I are in a grape jelly trend.  A hunter gave us several jars of his own homemade this fall and I'm telling you, it's the best grape jelly I've ever had!  Before the grape jelly came to us, we were on a raw honey kick, and I'm figuring we will be going back to that soon since the jelly is nearly all ate up.  I love raw honey on bread or toast or straight off the spoon.  When I was growing up at home, we had toast with peanut butter nearly every single morning with breakfast.  I still love it -- the toast almost burnt  (but not entirely) with a thick spread of creamy Jif Peanut Butter melting on top.  I craved peanut butter toast when I was pregnant.  Sometimes I get hooked on cinnamon and sugar toast.  I have a glass cheese shaker with cinnamon & sugar all mixed up so it's handy for sprinkling on toast.  All I know is that I love it all.  Love toast!  Do you?

Your First Loaf at the Fresh Loaf 
Pauline's Wheat Bread (very similar to my everyday loaf)

11 comments:

  1. Jody...I bake bread often, too and LOVe it! We have toast most mornings and my kids have cinnamon sugar on top or a slice of cheese. We do peanut butter toast for snacks a lot:).

    I am going to have to see if you have your bread recipes posted! I am always looking for a good bread to try and yours looks delicious:).

    ~Julia

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  2. I DO! I'd love slice of your bread toasted with butter AND peanut butter!
    I made our bread years and years ago. Now we don't use that much bread with just us and low carb Jeff around. It's my favorite food, though.
    We lived on soup and bread until Brad came along. Bill still loves homemade soup for dinner.
    Do you make rolls, too? My sister read my school lunch post and revealed that she has Alice's orange roll recipe and as soon as she finds it (ha ha) she'll give it to me. YUMMY! I bet HP is already a good baker!

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  3. I used to bake my own bread all the time. And when my kids were little they too helped me. Sometimes their loaves were misshapen and a bit dirty, but they were so proud. My brother is the bread maker in our family. He is a widower but still makes all his bread, and he like to try the hard recipes.

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  4. Your bread is beautiful -- the sign of somebody who's refined it to an art! I made our own bread for a couple of years, but I haven't done it since we moved to my parents'. I really should start again! Store-bought bread is a disappointment.

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  5. Yum! I love bread in all forms. I haven't been eating as much lately but I do love it.

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  6. Yum, Yummy bread! I don't know why more people don't make it at home -- it really isn't that hard, do you think? I love to make it -- LOVE the smell of baking bread. Sadly though, we don't eat it as much as we used to, so, I don't make it very often anymore. Your bread looks delicious!

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  7. Jody...thanks so much for the bread recipe!! I am excited to try it this week. I sounds delicious:).

    ~Julia

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  8. I baked bread when our girls were small, but they tore through it so fast that I eventually couldn't keep up. There's nothing like the smell of bread baking, is there?

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  9. Most things are sooo much better homemade and I think bread it at the top of that list xox Clarice

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  10. I love homemade bread, and like you I have made it for years. My DH refuses to eat "store bought". He is spoiled! Ha

    Beautiful loaves!

    ~M~

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  11. Oh yum!! I think I better get some bread started today. You eat your peanut butter toast like I do. It's my favorite way!

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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