I bake bread for my family every week. Home baking is not that hard, not that time consuming, and certainly cheap! You don't need a bread machine or a lot of fancy equipment. This blog features a tutorial on home bread baking, tips on equipment and ingredients, and recipes for real home cooking.

Oatmeal Cookie Mix


To make cookie mix:
Put through a coarse sieve:
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups brown sugart
  • 6 cups sifted flour
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
Cut in:
  • 4 cups shortening
  • 12 cups rolled oats
Mix well. Store in a cool place.

To make cookies:
Combine in a bowl:
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 cups oatmeal cookie mix
Mix well. Drop teaspoonsful onto a greased baking sheet, flatten with fork, and bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes.

from the More with Less Cookbook

Coffee Cake


Another Master Mix recipe

Beat together in a bowl:
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
Add: Stir until well blended, about 1 minute.Pour into a greased 8 inch square pan. Combine and sprinkle over:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cups chopped nuts (optional)
  • Bake 25 minutes, serve warm.

    from The More with Less Cookbook.

    Master Baking Mix


    Use this master mix to make biscuits, pancakes, coffee cake, or muffins

    Sift together 3 times:
    • 10 cups flour
    • 6 Tablespoons baking powder
    • 1 1/2 Tablespoon salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    Cut in to the consistency of cornmeal:

    • 2 cups vegetable shortening

    Stir in:
    • 2 cups dry milk powder
    Store in a covered container at room temperature.To measure baking mix, pile lightly into a cup and level off with a spatula.

    from the More With Less Cookbook



    A Master Mix recipe

    Makes 8 biscuits

    450 degrees

    10 min

    • 1 1/2 cup of Master Mix

    • 1/3 cup milk

    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees

    2. Combine in bowl Master Mix and milk

    3. Add milk at once. stirring 25 strokes

    4. Knead gently on floured board

    5. Roll 1/2 inch thick , cut, and place on ungreased baking sheet

    6. Bake 10 min

    7. Eat but do not burn thyself

    adapted from the More With Less Cookbook.

    Pancakes or Waffles


    Another Master Mix recipe.
    Serves 4

    1. Beat together the milk and egg

    2. Stir in Master mix

    3. Bake on hot griddle or waffle iron (for softer waffles separate the egg and add yolk with milk beat egg white till stiff, then fold into batter before baking)

    4. Increase milk for thinner batter if thou desire

    adapted from the More With Less Cookbook.

    Cocoa No Bake Cookies


    This is a favorite for school bake sales. Liz is the master of this recipe; she tells me that she likes to use half quick oats and half old-fashioned oats, if they are available. She doesn't necessarily use the whole 3 cups if it already looks stiff enough.
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1 stick butter
    • 1/2 cup peanut butter
    • 3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • Dash of salt

    1. In a 3 quart saucepan, blend sugar and cocoa. Add milk and blend. Heat and stir, using low heat at first and then turning up to medium.
    2. Add butter as the mixture approaches boiling, stirring constantly.
    3. Boil one full minute, until sugar is dissolved.
    4. Remove from heat and mix in peanut butter, vanilla, salt, and oatmeal. Mix well.
    5. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper. cool to room temperature, then eat some and pack some up for your bake sale.

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    • From Lake Leelanau, Michigan

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    There's more to food than just nutrition, otherwise we would all be eating custom-formulated kibble. I didn't exactly learn to bake from my grandmother, but my ancestors, even the ones I never met, have informed and influenced my lifelong exploration of cooking and food. Want to read more? Check out this entry from my home blog, French Road Connections