The Store Brand: La Brea 9 Grain Wheat Bread
My Recipe (adapted from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/simple-whole-wheat-bread/):
Mix in melted butter and salt. Stir in 1 cup of whole wheat flour. Flour a flat surface and knead with whole wheat flour (continue to add in to avoid sticking). Knead in sunflower seeds as you go. This may take up to 1 additional cup of whole wheat flour.
Place in a greased bowl and cover with a dishtowel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled.
Punch down and place in greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise until dough has topped the pans by one inch.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
Both breads were delicious. I think my version was a better sandwich type bread. It didn't have the nice hard crust that I prefer, but it was very moist and tasty. The store bread is obviously much smaller, but that's just because I bought a petite loaf so I would be on bread overload this week (I used full size for the cost comparison).
|Mine on left, storebought on right.|
|La Brea 9 Grain Wheat Bread||18 oz||$ 4.99||$ 0.28|
|Homemade||18 oz||$ 1.21||$ 0.07|
So yeah, I had to knead bread for TEN minutes. But it was totally worth it. It was SO good. I think next time I will look for a "crustier" recipe, but I will definitely be baking this again.
Bake or Buy? BAKE!