Monday, March 22, 2010

$12.00 Bread Machine

So a few weeks ago I went to Volunteers of America, a thrift store in my neck of the woods. The last Wednesday of the month, everything in the store is 50% off. So if you have one in your area, that is a great day to stop by and shop till you drop. Well, I have been looking for a bread machine for awhile now so that I can stop buying store bought bread and make my own. That day I walked in there and there it was, I heard the angels singing and heaven's light shining down on it!! It was beautiful, a bread machine for $12.12!!!!!!! It was the best day ever. So since then I have been making bread and cinnamon rolls every other day(this has been really good for the hips and thighs, LOL). So in an effort to know what is going into my food I have been experimenting with breads first. I have tried a few and I finally got one that is airy and not dense. I got this recipe from 8 Muddy Boots, who got it from Chickens in the Road. The husband totally approved of this one and he said "it's a keeper babe" :) 8 Muddy Boots used her oven for the bread but I just threw everything in my machine and it was totally fine. So to stop rambling, here is the recipe. Enjoy your fresh, healthy sandwich!!

Grandmother Bread

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
3 1/2 cups flour (used White-Whole Wheat)

In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, sugar & salt. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in first 4-5 cups of flour and stir with a heavy spoon. Stir in remaining cups, until dough becomes too tough to stir easily. Add more flour and begin kneading. (Flour is approx!) Add flour until dough is smooth and elastic. Let dough rise in a greased, covered bowl until doubled (in a warm place!). About an hour. Uncover bowl, sprinkle with more flour & knead again, before dividing in half. With floured hands, shape dough into loaves and place in 2 greased loaf pans. Cover & let rise again in warm place! About an hour.
Bake for 25 minutes in a pre-heated 350 degree oven.

If you have a bread machine put everything in according to manufacturer's directions. I used RAPID CYCLE and MEDIUM COLOR!


  1. Bread machines are awesome tools. That's nice that the recipe can go either way, by hand or machine. Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a great find! Gotta love bargain shopping! Any recipe called "Grandmother" has got to be good!

  3. I wish I had a bread machine! :-)

    This looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  4. It feels great to make your own food, and not have to "work" at it too much. When I make mine, I use my Kitchen-aide instead of kneading... Soooo much easier. So glad you loved the recipe!!!

  5. Congrats on your find! Angels singing indeed. ;-) Your bread looks fabulous.

    It's funny I saw your link on Amy's site and I'd come across Chickens in the Road earlier today when I googled something. Such a small world!


  6. I have to tell you that I enjoy your blog and this post inspired me to buy a bread machine myself. Granted, I didn't pay $12.12 for it, but did find a deal on Amazon. (No angels singing or heaven's lights either.) I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks!


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