………………. you know the one don’t you?
The one where you run out of bread and nip out to the shops ………. and somehow come out the other end having spent £20
Admit it – it has happened to us all at one point!! LOL
In fact I am am pretty sure that it is the number one reason we get pulled off our great intentions regarding our food budgets ……………… but not this year! This year I plan to be a little better organised.
Its not that I can’t make my own bread ……………. in fact that is what I mostly do, the problem I have in our house is predicting just when a loaf will magically disappear into the hollow legs of one of my boys and I simply don’t have three hours needed to rustle up another loaf and have it cooled enough for eating.
Somehow I never been able to accurately predict the “end of the loaf” moment. SIGH!!!
So in order to “save my budget” I am being a tiny bit proactive ( just a tiny bit because this is really, really quick to knock out), I am mixing up a batch of bread dough that will live quite happily in the fridge for up 14 days.
Meaning I can produce not only a loaf of bread but pizza bases, pitta breads, chapattis, breadsticks and dinner rolls in minutes instead of hours and the older the dough becomes the more “sourdough” in flavour it becomes which is a particular favourite of mine.
Its one of those little “Frugal Food Budget Hacks” that really works for us…… keeping me out of the shops and the pennies firmly in my purse. To make the bread dough, mix:
- 500g flour (I use half and half white and wholemeal)
- 7.5 ml coarse sea salt
- 10 ml powdered yeast
- 375 ml warm water
Measure out all your ingredients into a bowl
and stir in the warm water with a wooden spoon.
It will come together into quite a soft dough. The fantastic thing about this dough is that you don’t need to knead it to soften and stretch the gluten – the long maturation period in the fridge takes care of that for you.
Cover your mixing bowl with cling film (or a shower cap) and set aside in a warm place until the dough has doubled in volume.
Tip into a lidded plastic container that will sit in your fridge (you want the dough to be about half the volume of the container at this point.
Pop on the lid and stash in your fridge until you need some bread. Remove a piece of dough and shape into the product you require –
Chapatti – a piece about the size of a walnut
Pitta bread – a piece about the size of a golf ball
Pizza base – a piece about the size of a clementine
Dinner roll- a piece about the size of an apple
Sourdough loaf – the whole mix
So a couple of minutes of mixing today should save me an emergency dash to the shops and some unplanned for spending in the next couple of weeks.
You know it makes sense LOL
So what are your favourite tricks to keep you from the unexpected spending in your budget?