Saturday, July 23, 2011

Adventures in Eating: Bread making

The hubster and I have been on a journey of frugality and food storage for a few months now. We have been searching for ways to store, save, and be prepared for when disaster strikes. It can strike at any moment and we are aware of that.

A good friend of ours from Zimbabwe told us about the economic collapse of his home country. A loaf of bread cost an entire months salary. It did not happen gradually, it happened over night (warning signs preceeded of course). New Zealand is still reeling from devastating earthquakes months later. Again, not over time, but in the blink of an eye.

The Lord has been impressing on us that we should store and be prepared for anything that could happen. Which in Texas could be a number of things: earthquake, hurricane, economic downturn, and many others. We want to be obedient to the charge, but we have had to start small which is just fine with the Lord. He knows where we are and He is guiding us through.

Anywho... This post started off heavier than expected. But He leads how He leads.

As for the bread making, we think it is a simple and easy way to save and store. A loaf of bread these days is pricey especially for a decent wheat bread.

Today I am making beer bread. A sweet friend from church brought a loaf to us after Zoe was born along with an amazing Italian Wedding Soup (post on that to come soon). We were instant fans so she sent us the recipe.

3 Cups Self Rising Flour
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 12 oz bottle of beer (any kind will do, we use Shiner Bock)
1/4 cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, sugar, and beer then pour batter into a 9X5 loaf pan. Place in oven and cook for 45 minutes or until done. When the bread is done, take it out and pour the melted butter on top. Let sit to cool. Slice when cool.

That's it! Simple, easy, yum!

I am also making a honey whole wheat bread in the bread machine my sister in law gave us recently. I won't share the recipe as each bread machine is different. We are so blessed to have two bread machine that were given to us by sweet people in our lives. My goal is to have both machines going and a few loaves of beer bread in the oven. This way we can share with others or freeze some for anything that may come up. It's all about heeding the call... and saving money.

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