March 29, 2014

DIY 4 Ingredient Bread

If you read my post on homemade applesauce, then you know that I'm on a mission to try to eat better REAL food for LESS money. Stuff that the whole family will enjoy! Even a 1 year old :) The applesauce is a total hit, so I thought I would expand my efforts to include making my own bread.

I found a recipe that sounded too good to be true, so I gave it a try. The catch? There's not one. It's only 4 ingredients (of which you probably already have). It takes little work & you know exactly what's in it! Have you seen the ingredient list on the store bought bread packages? It's like a mile long. This has got 4. And it's so much fresher & tastier y'all.

Little Bitty Kitchen: DIY 4 Ingredient Bread


Tip! Prepare the dough in the evening because it has to sit for at least 12 hours. So whip it together while you are making dinner, & then forget about it until the morning.

In a large mixing bowl combine 3 cups of flour, 1/4 teaspoon of yeast, 1.5 teaspoons of salt & 1.5 cups of water. Quickly mix it all up with a spoon, put saran wrap over the top & let it do it's rising thing for at least 12 hours.

Little Bitty Kitchen: DIY 4 Ingredient Bread
When you are ready to bake this deliciousness in the morning, set a ceramic dutch oven (with the lid on it) in your oven & heat to 515. *Yes, I know that is ridiculously hot. Some ovens don't even go up that high! I did multiple tests & found that heating to just 480-490 still produced great results!! If your's doesn't go up that high, it can't hurt to try it at it's highest setting. You might just have to tweak the time you bake it longer. :)

Little Bitty Kitchen: DIY 4 Ingredient Bread
..but don't forget the lid :)
While that is heating up, take your fluffy, gooey, yummy dough & scrape it all into a bowl that has been coated with cooking spray. Rotate the bowl around so that all the sides & bottom of the dough ball has been coated with oil. Then do a light spray on the top of the dough. Now it won't stick like glue to your dutch oven & you won't rip your new beautiful bread trying to remove it. :) I know from experience!

Little Bitty Kitchen: DIY 4 Ingredient Bread
Little Bitty Kitchen: DIY 4 Ingredient Bread

When the oven is ready, carefully take the lid off the dutch oven, dump the dough in & replace the lid. Slide the dutch oven back inside your oven & set the timer for 30 minutes.

Little Bitty Kitchen: DIY 4 Ingredient Bread

It will definitely need time to cool down, but use that time to admire the beautiful loaf of bread you just made during that time :) It will be golden brown, with a crunchy outer crust baked to perfection!!

Little Bitty Kitchen: DIY 4 Ingredient Bread

Fresh bread really needs to be eaten within 2-3 days of baking, so don't wait too long to use it all! My husband loved it, and I love knowing exactly what's in it. You can really spice things up too. Add cinnamon/raisin, orange zest/cranberries, poppyseed/garlic...endless possibilities! Try it with whole wheat flour, or a mix of whatever you have on hand!

Little Bitty Kitchen: DIY 4 Ingredient Bread

Little Bitty Kitchen: DIY 4 Ingredient Bread

INGREDIENTS:
3 Cups flour
1/4 teaspoon yeast
1.5 teaspoons salt
1.5 cup water

DIRECTIONS:
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until combined. Cover with saran wrap and let it sit for at least 12 hours. Place a dutch oven (with lid) into an oven and heat to 515 degrees. While the oven is heating, scrape the dough into a bowl that has been coated with cooking oil spray & rotate dough around in bowl until all sides & the bottom of the dough has been coated with spray. Lightly spray the top. Dump the dough into the dutch oven, replace lid & bake for 30 minutes. Let cool. Eat within 2-3 days.

DIY Easy Homemade Applesauce

I've been trying to find out how to eat more real food for less money. These two don't always go hand in hand :) But sometimes, they do! Here is one recipe that really is healthier, easier & more cost effective to make at home.

Little Bitty Kitchen: Easy Homemade Applesauce

It's so easy. I started with 6 Red golden delicious apples. For 0.49 cents each, that's a total of $2.94!!

Peel the apples, core them & put them all in a large pot. Add water, sugar & cinnamon.

Little Bitty Kitchen: Easy Homemade Applesauce

Cook on medium heat (for about 20 minutes) until the apples are mushy &/or until your house smells like a Yankee candle.

Little Bitty Kitchen: Easy Homemade Applesauce
Put the apples & all the leftover juice in a food processor or blender. You're done!! EASY! If you find that it is too thick you can add more water at this step. But remember when it is cooling in the refrigerator, it will thicken up. Enjoy!

Little Bitty Kitchen: Easy Homemade Applesauce 

INGREDIENTS:
6 Red Golden Delicious Apples
1/2 - 1 T cinnamon (add more or less to your liking)
1/3 - 1/2 C sugar (sweeten to your liking)
3/4 - 1 C water (add more or less to your liking)

DIRECTIONS:
Peel, core & slice the apples. Add to a saucepan with water, sugar & spices. Simmer on medium-low heat for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Add apples & remaining juice into a food processor or blender. Blend, store in a container in the refrigerator.
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