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Save money buying bread at bakery outlets. Bread is easily frozen, and comes out of the freezer as fresh as it goes in.  If you bake your own bread, use an electric knife for smooth, clean cuts.  It is also thrift friendly to wait until your bread cools to slice it.  It is hard to slice hot bread without cutting oversized pieces.


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Here are a couple great homemade bread recipes.


Homemade French Bread


2 Tbsp yeast
2 cups warm water
2 tsps salt
2 tsps sugar
5-6 cups flour

Combine yeast, water, salt and sugar.  Add flour until it forms a ball.  Knead until smooth, slowly adding more flour if it is too sticky.

Knead 10 minutes.  Dough should be smooth and elastic.

Let rise until double.  Punch down, and form into 2 long loaves.  Slash the top diagonally, and let rise again until double in size. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


Date Nut Bread


2 cups boiling water
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups chopped dates
2 Tbsps margarine
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups white flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsps cinnamon
3 tsps baking powder
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsps vanilla
1 cup nuts, chopped

In a large bowl, mix the boiling water and soda in a large bowl.  Add dates and margarine. In another bowl, sift together twice the dry ingredients.

Add eggs and sugar to the large bowl.  Then add the sifted dry ingredients, and then the vanilla and nuts.  Mix well after each addition.

Bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/4 hour in 2 greased loaf pans with the bottom lined with wax paper.  Let batter sit in pans for 5 minutes before baking. 








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