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Everyday Cheapskate: Widen the Gap with Homemade Bread

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6 3/4 teaspoons (32 grams or three 1/4 ounce packages) active dry yeast

2 tablespoons (36 grams) salt

3 tablespoons (38 grams) sugar

11 cups (1,485 grams) all-purpose flour

Place all ingredients in a very large bowl and mix by hand or with an electric mixer just until incorporated. It will turn into a very wet and sticky dough. Leave the dough in the bowl on the countertop. Let it rise until double in size (a few hours).

Once it has risen, spoon the sticky dough into four well-greased loaf pans. Leave pans on the counter and allow the dough to rise again until it reaches the top of each of the pans.


Bake in a preheated 350 F oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown. About 10 minutes before it's done (at about 35 minutes), brush with melted butter. Makes four loaves.

The bread will be super moist at first. It's best if allowed to cool completely before cutting. Makes the best toast. Can be frozen when topped with a single paper towel and then wrapped tightly in plastic wrap. This recipe can be halved to yield two loaves.

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