Last month I made sun dried tomato and garlic bread, and I’ll definitely be making it again. It was every bit as nice as the tear and share bread from the supermarket, and far cheaper! I love my bread, and so I was thrilled to find how easy it is to make at home, and that I can make all the flavour variations at a fraction of the cost – that has to be a consideration, given the escalating cost of my grocery shopping…but that’s a topic for a separate post. Soon, I plan to try out a fruity bread, and then maybe a bread with seeds in, or maybe basil. Do any of you have any recommendations as to how I could try varying my bread?
My father bought my mother a breadmaker for her birthday last month, and she’s not looked back! I don’t think they’ve bought a single loaf of bread since she opened up her present, as she finds it so easy to add in all the ingredients and fire up the breadmaker. And I managed to get her a bargain yesterday. Tesco were selling off their Hovis seeds and grains flour at half price – 58p per kilo. This is my mother’s preferred bread flour as the bread made from this seems to stay fresher for longer. And so I bought it for her. All seven bags left on the shelves. I had only gone into the shop for a bag of rice, so I got a very curious look from the checkout operator when I loaded that and the multiple bags of flour onto the belt!
In a related comment, I went to Lidl recently as my mother told me that she had heard that they sell good quality bread flour cheaply. And i have to say that I was amazed – in Lidl I was able to buy 1.5kg of strong white bread flour for 48p as opposed to well over £1 for Hovis bread flour. My Lidl flour works out as costing 16p for each loaf I make, so even factoring in the other ingredients and the electricity to bake the bread I must be saving a fair bit of money – the fresh loaves I’ve been buying in the bakery have been £1.29 each! It’s definitely the economic way forward!