Back in 2012 I heard an interview with Jennifer Reese, the author of Make the Bread, Buy the Butter, on NPR. I remember at the time thinking that sounded like a great book and I should get it. Then I forgot about it. Fast forward four years and I remembered and ordered the book!
The author takes 120 things we eat commonly and makes them from scratch to conclude whether the cost and hassle are worth the outcome. Everything from bacon to wiener wraps are made and reviewed.
Last weekend I got around to trying a few recipes from the book. I've been in the bread making mood so naturally I started off by making the Everyday Bread.
I was pleasantly surprised how well this bread turned out. Not only that, I loved the flavor and texture of it. The crust on it was perfect; a little crisp.
**UPDATE*** I did make this bread again and I changed it up a little. I think it came out better this time.
We spend a lot on yogurt. In fact, I added it up and between my yogurt (less sweet) and everyone else's yogurt (more sugary) we spend about $10-$12 a week on yogurt! Needless to say, I've been thinking about making yogurt for some time.
The easy way is to start with some good store-bought plain yogurt. You'll need a quart of your favorite milk, a quart size jar and a candy thermometer. That's it.
Sterilize your jar with hot water for 5 minutes. In the meantime heat your milk in a sauce pan to 180 degrees (just before it boils).
I would definitely recommend Make the Bread, Buy the Butter Cookbook. It's fun to read and so far I'm pleased with the recipes. I'm going to try making bagels AND lox for my next go!