Housewife bread.

I saw this ‘housewife’ bread today while doing my routine circuit of shopping at three different grocery stores to find all the ingredients for one meal!

A couple of things of interest here: the “housewife” apparently favors the more healthy wheat and rye flours, she strangely opts for organic vinegar and malt extract (but not organic flour??) and is able to pay $13US for a loaf of bread. I’m so routinely astounded by the final tally from grocery shopping trips that I really can’t even listen to the final amount! I try to make good choices on individual items and not dwell on the depressing final tally… I mean, a girl’s gotta eat, right? But maybe she should learn how to make her own bread! My sis-in-law got me the book Artistan Bread in Five Minutes a Day for Christmas and the price of this bread has given me the kick in the arse needed to go buy the requisite pizza stone to give this method a try!

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8 responses to “Housewife bread.

  1. You don’t need a pizza stone to start. Any old baking sheet will do. It doesn’t give as good a crust, but it works. That’s how I survived when we lived in England for a year.

    Sorry to comment, but I couldn’t resist. I’ve found your blog via your mil (who I discovered via a friend). My in-laws are ex-pats in Hong Kong (and I’ve never been!), so I find your blog fascinating to read.

  2. I was going to say the same thing! I don’t have a pizza stone either- I just use a baking sheet (for the basic loaf, brushed with a little olive oil and dusted with cornmeal, to be extra sure it doesn’t stick). I shape the dough and let it rest right on the pan, then just pop the whole thing in the oven. I’m sure a pizza stone would be even better, but you can make great bread even without one, for sure.

    (too funny about the housewife bread! That’s a lot of money for a self-consciously humble loaf!)

  3. N, I sometimes use a pizza stone, but not always, and you definitely don’t have to use one. I love that cookbook and the bread is delicious and so easy. One of my favorite variations is the cinnamon raisin bread – so good!

    FYI, I think I have used a dutch oven to replace the pizza stone before.

  4. I too turn a deaf ear and blind eye to the final tally of the grocery bill…ouch. The only good thing for this recent addition to HK, is that I’m becoming much more aware of where everything comes from, ingredients, etc. with a goal of not relying on the little American flags to help my buying decision…

    And I’m totally going to try making my own bread!

    • Welcome to Hong Kong Susan!!! I’m glad I’m the only one who can’t look at or listen to the tally–makes me feel so much better. Let me know how bread baking goes for you! I’m wondering how the humidity will effect it….

  5. I just love these little details you provide from your exotic location!

    I also need to give that artisan bread a try.

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