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I went to the grocery store for the first time in 3 weeks yesterday.  I’ve sent my husband to the store for odds and ends since then, but this was my first “big” menu -planned grocery trip in about 3 weeks.  I’m so excited to get back into the kitchen, but I couldn’t believe how much that cart of groceries cost me.  It seems like every week, the prices just keep going higher and higher!

I know there are all kinds of things you can do to save at the grocery store – and I need to start implementing more of them – but one thing is for sure.  Making food from scratch is going to save you money.  And you know exactly what is going into your food.  And it usually just tastes better!!

This is a great – and super easy! – bread recipe.  It’s basically a no-knead bread, so if you are yeast-phobic, this would be a great place to start if you want to make your own bread.  In fact, I don’t know how anyone can say that making bread is hard after trying this bread!!  It goes great with soup, (we had it with the Tomato-Basil Parmesan Soup from yesterday), but it’s also great just on it’s own with a little butter.

What is your favorite thing to make from scratch at home?

French Peasant Bread
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An easy no knead bread recipe.
Serves: 2 round loaves
  • 1 tablespoon quick rising yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4-5 cups all-purpose flour (you may need more or less than this)
  • corn meal
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  1. Combine the yeast, water and sugar in a large bowl. Allow the yeast to bloom for a few minutes. Add the flour and salt and stir just until combined. Do not knead. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about an hour. Dust a cookie sheet with corn meal. Remove from the bowl, and with floured hands, shape into 2 round loaves. Place loaves on the prepared cookie sheet. Let rise for an additional hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 425F. Use half of the melted butter and brush on top of the loaves. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 375F and cook an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with the remaining butter.
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  4. adapted from Recipe Shoebox


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12 Responses to French Peasant Bread

  1. Magen says:

    This looks great! I don't make a lot of things from scratch, but I do love making banana bread. It's so easy and makes my house smell yum.

  2. Rachel says:

    That bread looks delicious! I would love to make everything from scratch, but I don't usually have the time. I do, however, always make quick breads and muffins from scratch on the weekends for breakfasts during the week. They are always really easy to make and great when I'm running late!

  3. Jamie Myers says:

    Sounds yummy…definitely going to try when I have some downtime. Would this be an ok do all steps but cook, freeze? Or any suggestions on a recipe I could throw in my bread maker? I usually just buy the mix at the store and throw into my machine, but I would like to go more "homemade" rather than box. Thanks!! Love your emails/recipes. 🙂

  4. Jennifurla says:

    Looks great…I always gasp watching my cart ring up! I spend so much money on food.

    Hope you are doing well

  5. Joanne says:

    I started baking all my own bread last year and was shocked at exactly how much money I saved. Bread is expensive! This loaf looks wonderful!

  6. Ann says:

    This looks like a really fine loaf of bread. I think I'll give it a try.

  7. Kim says:

    Groceries and gas are probably the two things that I spend the most money on. Where does it all go?

    I remember when Lara posted this over at Recipe Shoebox. I bookmarked it. This looks great!

  8. createwithmom says:

    delicious homemade bread

  9. hungryhealthyhilary.com says:

    Mmm…yummy! No-knead breads are always a great idea. And kudos to you for keeping up with your posting even with a little one at home…hope things are going well with your growing family!

  10. Lara says:

    I'm glad you enjoyed it (and the Tomato-Basil Parmesan Soup)! The bread and soup are some of our favorite dinner stand-bys now! 🙂

  11. Katie says:

    I just had my first yeast experience the other day, so now I'd like to try more yeast breads. This looks pretty easy!

  12. Bruce palmer says:

    Fantastic! Simple, extremely tasty, great texture and flavor. Thank goodness it makes two loaves because the first loaf disappeared for tasting

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