As I said in my last post A Journey to Self Love, I want to get healthy. A big part of that is knowing what you are putting into your body. The average loaf of bread has about 16 ingredients and half of which I don’t know. So I began to research how to make my own bread.
Why did I choose Jamaican Hard Dough Bread you ask. Well my husband and step kids love it. It also costs an arm and a leg here in Canada around 4 or 5 dollars for one loaf. Let’s say on average we go through 3 loaves a week your looking at 15 dollars just for bread. When I punched out the numbers 1 loaf of the homemade version cost 83 cents.
Yes it takes more time out of your day to make but firstly I know what’s in it. I know what my family and I are consuming. Secondly it’s cost efficient the yearly average cost of store bought would be $780. Whereas our at home version is $129.48 that is $650.52 I have saved just from making my own bread.
Onto the recipe.
3 1/4 Cups of All Purpose Flour
2 Tsp of Instant Dry Yeast
2 Tbsp of Sugar
1 1/2 Tsp of Salt
3 Tbsp of Margarine of Butter
1 Cup of Cold Water
1.) Mix flour, yeast, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl.
2.) Mix in the margarine till you get a pebble like consistency.
3.) Slowly add the cold water and mix thoroughly.
4.) Lightly flour you counter top and begin to knead you dough. (I knead for about 5 – 1o minutes till it has an elastic like texture.)
5.) Grease a large bowl and place your dough in it.
6.) Rotate the dough till all the surfaces have been greased.
7.) Cover the bowl with a towel and leave in a draft free area for 45 minutes.
8.) Punch down the dough to release any carbon dioxide that may have formed.
9.) Shape or braid the dough and place in a bread pan.
10.) Preheat the oven to 350 fahrenheit.
11.)Allow to proof for another 35 minutes. This is known as the second rise this is what gives the bread its flavour.
12.) Brush with egg wash.
13.) Place bread in the oven and allow to bake for 35 minutes.
14.) Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before you cut into it.
These are my finished products.
If you make this recipe share a picture.
Anyways stay lovely everyone.