Pre-Bread Mix

As part of the process of becoming self-reliant, I have begun baking my bread at home.  Rather than stop to gather all the necessary ingredients each time, I came up with a system where I am able to make several loaves of bread a week by prepping a month's worth of bread machine mixes at one time.  It's super simple.  Once you know what recipes you plan to make for the month, you get all your supplies together and make up individual batches.  It's easier to make 3 or 4 batches of the same type, but if you have more time you can be more creative!  A bread machine is helpful, but you can also just knead, rise and bake!
 
Here are a few recipe's to get started:
 

White Bread

Ingredients

 

  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1 ½ tsblsp butter
  • 1 ½ tsblsp sugar or honey
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tblsp dry non fat milk
  • 1 tsp yeast
 
Potato Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups warm water
  • 3 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 cup dry potato flakes
  • 2 tablespoons dry milk powder
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

 

Honey Wheat Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 1/8 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

 

Pizza Dough

Ingredients

·         1 1/2 cups water

·         1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil

·         3 3/4 cups bread flour

·         1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar

·         1 1/2 teaspoons salt

·         1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Preparation:

Add ingredients to your bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Choose the dough cycle.

Remove dough and fit dough into pizza pans, forming a 1-inch thick edge.

Brush with a little olive oil or vegetable oil, then let the crust rise for 10 to 15 minutes. Spread with tomato sauce or toppings of choice. Bake pizza at 400° for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until crust is browned and cheese is melted and bubbly. This makes 2 to 3 12-inch pizzas, depending on the thickness of the crust, or one thick-crust 12-inch deep-dish pizza. If you're only making 1 pizza, shape the remaining dough into 1 or 2 balls, wrap in plastic wrap, and freeze.

Once all the ingredients are together add only the dry ingredients to the containers (minus the yeast).  Later you can add the wet/fresh ingredients that are needed for the recipe.  You can invest in reusable plastic containers, but Ziploc storage bags work just as well.

When you are done, label the lids of the containers with what mix is inside & store.  When you want to make bread for the day, just pull out one of the containers and add all the dry ingredients into the bread machine.  Next, all of the wet ingredients get added to the machine.  Lastly, add the yeast, and you are done!  

 

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