The end date of my recently acquired fresh yeast (Lituanica) draws nigh so I set about making various yeast based bread and cakes. It took me all morning to get them ready and now they are in various states of rising ready to bake.
The first made was 2 loaves of Potato Bread. Here it is proving on my kitchen windowsill in the all too brief sunny intervals.
Rising steadily if differently!
and finished breads.
The cost of each loaf, using the cheapest ingredients I could find, was 60p. This is more expensive than 'normal' bread but it contains mild olive oil, smash and dried skimmed milk. This will last us for the week, with one being frozen until needed.
Next I tackled an 'adapted' Bara Brith. I didn't have currents so made up the quantity from sultana's, a few dried cranberries and sunflower seeds. Then I found I had no mixed spice so used ginger and cinnamon. It is sitting proving in a rather dark but warm cupboard as the sun has gone in!
Here she is proved and cooked.
Using the ingredients as per the recipe, this worked out at £1.40. We shall cut it in half and freeze some.
Finally, and I must admit, getting a little fed up now, I tackled some Yorkshire tea cakes. Proving in the back room and in the sun (again).
Risen and finally baked.
I made a slight error here as I made 16 instead of 12 so they are not as thick as they should be. Nonetheless, making 16 they worked out at 5p each. If I had made 12 they would have been 6.5p each. Again, we shall freeze some and have some for tea with cheese.
I am not very good at working out the cost of cooking the above items, but I still think they are not only cheaper, smell and taste divine but you also know what is in them!