For the last year, our bread machine has been quite busy! I usually bake one or two loaves each week, depending on what we need. I purchase 25-pound bags of bread flour and bricks of yeast at Sam’s Club to stretch the savings. These have become tried-and-true standby recipes.No bread machine? Keep your eyes open and search Craigslist, garage sales and thrift stores for nice models that are barely used!
EXCELLENT SANDWICH BREAD
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons margarine, cut into small chunks
1/4 cup sugar
2 egg whites (or 1 egg)
3 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
Place ingredients in pan in the order specified by your bread machine.
Bake on basic setting, medium crust, 1.5 lb loaf. Remove from bread pan and cool on rack.
This is a great all-purpose bread with enough body to slice for sandwiches.
- Substitute 3 tablespoons molasses for the sugar.
- Add 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning for an herb flavor.
- Set on the dough cycle, then shape into burger buns or sub buns.
FAST HOMEMADE HERB BREAD
1 1/3 cups warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 Tablespoons canola or olive oil
3 Tablespoons sugar
4 cups bread flour
1/4 cup minced garlic (or less, if you don’t want the garlic to be so powerful)
2 Tablespoons oregano
2 Tablespoons basil
4 teaspoons yeast
Place ingredients in pan in the order specified by your bread machine. Run on the dough setting (the recipe makes 2 lbs of dough, so don’t try this in a smaller machine unless you halve the recipe!).
When finished, divide dough on a floured surface. Shape each loaf and place into 2 greased 8×4″ bread pans.
Bake at 175 degrees for 35 minutes, then raise temperature to 350 degrees and bake another 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
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1 – 8 oz bag Corn Puff Snacks
for example: Mike Sells Puffcorn Delites or Better Made Corn Pops
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Melt white chocolate disks (slowly in microwave or in double boiler). In large bowl, pour melted chocolate over popcorn and stir until coated. Stir to break up large clumps and spread onto 2 cookie sheets. Refrigerate 5-8 minutes or keep in a cool place until chocolate has hardened. Store in airtight ziploc bag.
To make the mix:
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 box chocolate instant pudding mix (4 serving size)
Combine the 2 mixes well with a whisk and store in an airtight container with the following instructions…
WHEN YOU WANT CAKE:
Spray a LARGE mug with cooking spray. Lightly beat together the white of one large egg and 2 tablespoons water in the mug. Add 1/2 cup of the mix and stir well. Microwave on HIGH 2 to 2 1/2 minutes.
If you’d prefer a higher-fat version, mix 1/2 cup mix with 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon water.
These make fun pick-me-up gifts! Place one serving size in a bag, add a mug and some instructions and your gift is ready.
Budget 101 is full of great ideas! Read Cake in a Coffee Mug for additional flavor combinations and glazes! Feeling especially creative? Cakes aren’t the only things you can make in a mug. Look at the complete list of Mug Mixes!