|Mise en place|
Unbleached Bread Flour: $2.12
Brown Sugar: $0.23
Lukewarm Water or Beer
Instant Yeast: $1.42
Melted Butter: $1.04
Chopped Onions: $0.77
Ingredients Total: $10.87
Putting it together was not at all difficult, though some preparation is involved: chopping onions and warming water/beer and milk. I used beer: Twisted Pine Raspberry Wheat, which is a dark, flavorful brew I'd had a few times at the brewery itself. Just mix the salt, sugar, and flour together; dissolve the yeast into the milk and beer; and add that and the melted butter to the flour mixture. Mix until moistened, let it rest a few minutes, knead it a few minutes, and add the chopped onions. The stand mixer had a bit of a problem with the load, as there's quite a bit of dough in there, so I had to knead the onions into the mass by hand. It then goes into the fridge for an overnight fermentation.
|The dough after 16 hours in the refrigerator|
|The dough rolled out and covered in cheese|
|Cheesy rolls, pre-proof|
|Big, cheese-filled batard, pre-proof|
|Cheesy rolls, proofed and ready for baking|
|Batard ready for baking|
|One cheesy roll on a plate|
|A gigantic, cheesy torpedo|
Total Cost: $10.87
Cost Per Serving: (3 oz./serving, approx.) $0.54
Closest Packaged Analog: Pepperidge Farm Cheese Bread
Cost Per Serving (One 2 1/4" Slice): $0.88
Ingredients: Unbromated Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour, Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Water, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Yeast, Salt, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Wheat Gluten, Yellow Cornmeal, Malted Barley, Sugar, Vegetable Mono And Digycerides And Soy Lecithin. Garlic Spread Made From: Margarine, Colored With Beta Carotene, Vitamin A Palmitate, Butter, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Dehydrated Garlic, Garlic Powder, Natural Flavors, Parsley, Annatto/Turmeric, Lactic Acid, Oleic Acid, Salt And Xanthan Gum.
The homemade version is cheaper, most probably tastier, and has fewer things like High Fructose Corn Syrup and Soy Lecithin in it. What would you rather put into your body?