I’ve often lamented the fact that what I miss most about Germany (besides family and friends, obviously!) is freshly baked, whole grain bread with a crunchy crust and a soft, dense texture inside. You just can’t find this in the U.S. Anything that comes close to it, is insanely expensive and not even that great.
And please, let’s just get one thing out of the way: the pre-packaged “bread” that you can buy at the supermarket is no real bread. It’s what we’d call toast and it needs to be put in a toaster before you eat it. Period.
I’ve posted many photos of my bread making adventures (on Instagram mostly) and I have one favorite recipe that I’ve almost perfected now. The kicker: two loaves of this bread cost less than half of what you pay for a loaf of toast at the supermarket. That’s outright insane.
Yes, you guessed it: I calculated the expense for each ingredient down to the penny. Two loaves cost me $2.13 (ok, plus the cost of heating your oven. I give you that.)
Here’s the cost break-down:
1 sleeve active dry yeast – $0.38
½ tbsp sugar = $0.02
500g bread flour – $1.16
250g rye flour – $0.25
1 tbsp salt – $0.01
1 tbsp honey – $0.31
These prices were calculated from regular priced items (you can get even cheaper if you get some or all of these items on sale!).
You easily pay over $4 for a loaf of bread at the store. That’s 50% savings right there. Plus, this bread is healthier, more filling, made from simple ingredients, and fresh out of the oven. I don’t see how you can beat that. I will admit that you need to invest a little bit of time and patience to bake from scratch, but it’s well worth the effort, if you ask me.