What Do You Make from Scratch?

I’ve been making my own bread lately. Since the price of groceries is going up (and up and up), I’ve been looking for even more ways to cut back. I’m also on something of a health kick lately, and I’m trying to stay away from processed foods.

With that in mind, I’ve been trying to bake from scratch. In the last two weeks, I’ve baked all of our bread. I found a recipe for homemade bread at Money Saving Mom. It looked good, but I don’t have a bread machine, so I followed the link to the original recipe. That one doesn’t require a bread machine.

I have to tell you, making bread isn’t as hard as I thought it would be, and it tastes great! I think I’m ready to branch out to other recipes, though. I like variety.

I also think I’m ready to branch out from bread. Maybe I’ll make some homemade granola or granola bars next. Healthy cookies? (Is there such a thing as a healthy cookie?) Maybe I’ll try some different muffin recipes, so we can move away from the dreaded breakfast cereal. I’m pretty good about making pancakes, waffles, and french toast on most days, but I need something quick and easy for rushed mornings. Muffins in the freezer seem to fit the bill.

So tell me, what do you make from scratch? Do you have any healthy recipes that you’re proud of? If you have a blog, post the recipe on your blog. I’d be happy to add a link to your recipe!

One additional note: Last night I made a loaf of this banana bread, and it was delicious! I substituted whole wheat pastry flour for the oat flour, because that’s what I had on hand.

Photo by double.reed.


By , on Apr 25, 2008
Lynnae McCoy I'm Lynnae, wife of one and stay-at-home mom of two. I'm committed to getting out of debt by being frugal with my choices in life.


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  1. Christine:

    Could someone please share their recipe for homemade crackers? My husband can go through a box of Club crackers like nobody’s business. Thank you!

  2. Dana in NM:

    Pizza crust and sauce
    many types of bread
    pancakes (Pumpkin and regular)
    dinner every night, unless mom has one of those once a decade colds ;)
    The list is numerous and goes on and will get bigger as my garden improves each year or as the local fruit crop goes…gotta love those neighbors who will trade you lots of fruit for a few small jars of whatever you make.

    PS Did you know that you can put dry quick oats in the food processor and make your own oat flour if you don’t have any…

  3. Ruth:

    @anna’s mom:
    tortilla recipe (adapted from Joy of Cooking)
    2 cups bread flour*
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/4 cup vegetable shortening
    3/4 cup warm (105-115F) water
    (* I use whole wheat flour and add 2 Tablespoons wheat gluten)

    Mix by hand or on low speed until the dough comes together. Knead by hand or with the dough hook (if you have a stand mixer) for 4-6 minutes. Divide into 8 equally-sized balls and let rest for 20 minutes.

    (This is where my directions diverge from “Joy’s”: they advocate baking on a stone in a 400 degree oven. I think this is too fiddly).

    Heat a skillet over medium-high heat (I usually am more like medium-medium-high). Roll out your tortillas (one at a time–roll out each ball while the previous tortilla is in the pan) to 6-8 inches round, 1/8 inch thick. If the dough doesn’t want to be rolled out, leave that ball and move to the next. Come back to it later.

    Cook the tortilla in the skillet (the skillet is dry–no oil) until it has dark brown spots. This will take about the same amount of time as it does to roll out your next tortilla. Flip it over. Let it puff. Done. Do the next one. I like to stack up my tortillas and let them cool that way (or eat them hot–I like that better).

    I usually make a double-batch and freeze them after they have cooled completely. Then you can pry them apart individually, and microwave them for 30 seconds on 1/2 power, and they have softened again.

    Fat is a preservative in baked goods, and tortillas have a fair amount. So these will probably last a couple of days unfrozen.

  4. Ruth:

    I make all baked goods from scratch–tortillas, bread, rolls, buns, pitas, naan, pie…if it’s got flour in it, I make it from scratch. In the summer, I hit up U-picks or the local peach farms and buy a large quantity of fruit and make jam and jelly. I have also made watermelon rind pickles, which I now send to my grandfater. I made chow-chow from my green tomatoes (which never ripened before frost). This year, I hope to have enough tomatoes grow (and ripen) to make salsa/pasta sauce for the year. One of my favorites: I grow basil, which is super easy, and I make pesto every week or so during the summer. Then I freeze it in ice cube trays, and pop a couple of cubes into some pasta in the morning, and I have lunch for school (I’m a grad student). I desire chickens, but cannot techically have them in my city.

  5. Les:

    I make my own gluten free bread, soups, stews, mole sauce and puddings. A friend and I share and swap gluten free ingredients. Buying bulk 25lb bags of rice flour is much, much cheaper than buying the 1lb bags at the grocery or health food store. I’ve found that buying bulk gluten free flours and grains online saves a lot of money. I also make my own gluten free beef jerkey from scratch using a food dehydrator. I’m learing how to prepare dried veggies with it too. I’m also trying to make my own seasoning mixes and herbal teas using bulk spices I’ve found at the oriental food market. I grind a ginger root in the food processor, aliquot 2T/snack baggie and store it in the freezer for teas, soup or stir fry. You can wash, dry and mince any fresh herb from the market and do the same thing with it so that bundles of basil or dill are not wasted.

  6. Munchies:

    We eat most everything raw and home grown. Our own canned and fresh and sprouts. We have avocados shipped in though.

    “Scratch” is not the term I would use. It’s from quality IE- for raising our own quail and guinea, gathering eggs and cooking and eating meats when only minutes ago they were happily running the yard or pens.

    We do buy our breads from a “close to out of date” store…$4.99 loaves of yummy high end bread for 35 cents? Just cannot make that kind of quality for 35 cents! We buy huge bags and freeze it. Whatever is still really good, we use. What is questionable goes to the chickens and the guineas. Nothing goes to waste.

    We bake cookies to sell at the market, house warming gifts, parties etc.. We use quail eggs for gifts also.

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