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My 4 Week Bread Challenge – Week 1

I mentioned on Monday I was going to make all of our bread for the month of September. That morning, I decided to start my plan and see how it would work. Usually when I do a make-a-head or freezer cooking session, I aim to keep it simple – no more then 3 recipes at one time. Since I decided to tackle 6 recipes, it took me quite a bit longer then planned: four hours in the morning and 1 hour in the evening. (Some of this time was inactive prep time: for the bread dough to rise.)

Here is my kitchen covered in flour and sugar. I don’t remember how long it has been since I made that much mess in the kitchen! Oh ya, yesterday when I made dinner! :)

I couldn’t have accomplished of this work with out my Little Buddy helping out!  Here he is rolling out the dough for the dinner biscuits! Next time I’ll teach him how to kneed the dough for sandwich bread. :)

 At the end of the day we were able to make: two loaves of english muffin bread, four bags of  blueberry bread mix, four bags of corn bread mix, two bags of sandwich bread mix, one loaf of artisan bread, one loaf of sandwich bread, eight hamburger buns and two batches of biscuits (not pictured). WHEW! Are you  tired from reading the list? Me too! Or am I tired because I just made all that bread?

I also realized that the bread mixes stored in the plastic-ware took up too much space in my refrigerator.  I decided to downsize them to quart size storage bags. Which worked better for storing my bread mixes. (I put them in the refrigerator since most of the recipes have whole wheat flour in them.)

It was a long day of baking bread and making mixes.  But my family has already gobbled up the hamburger buns, enjoyed english muffin bread for breakfasts and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch – as a result to making bread!

Will I do it again? Yes, but on a much smaller scale and I will keep it to just two or three bread recipes in an hours time.  Instead of six bread recipes that take – pretty much all day to make! :)

Have you baked any bread lately for your family? If not, click on some of the links in this post. They are all amazing recipes. Well, our family loves them and we hope you do too!

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Wow, that’s a lot of baking!

    Back in the day when I made all our bread, I did one big batch of regular bread a week (2-3 loaves and/or rolls) during a naptime, and then did quick breads from scratch for a lot of meals. I had my basic recipes in my head, so they went together quick: biscuits, hotcakes, coffee cake/muffins, corn bread, etc. LOL, I still remember the yeast dough rising on top of the portable washer while it was hooked to the kitchen sink for laundry – nice and warm!

    • It really was! I’m glad I have the opportunity to make all these homemade recipes. Im sure I’ll remember these days years from now too!!