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The Cost of Making French Bread

Updated on December 15, 2011
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There is nothing like the smell of fresh bread cooking in the oven. But is it worth all that work?

Comparing bread prices is difficult because each loaf is a different size! But I broke it down by serving size so that I could compare prices.

I've included the cost of my ingredients at the bottom of the article so you can compare to prices in your area.

French Bread

Yield 2 loaves - 24 servings

2 C Flour $.46

1 t Salt $.00 (less than a penny)

2 ¼ t Yeast $.31

1 T Sugar $.03

2 T Oil $.06

1 t Cornmeal $.01

1 Egg white $.17 (I used the cost of a whole egg)

1 T Sesame Seeds $.81

Total Cost $1.84

Cost per serving $.08

Cost to buy (per serving):

Fresh $.33

From a box $.46 (this includes the price of the mix plus eggs and oil)

From Refrigerated Dough $.55

Cost of my ingredients

$2.38 for 5 pounds of flour

$.58 for 26 ounces of salt

$3.92 for 4 ounces of yeast

$3.79 for 4 pounds of sugar

$2.78 for 48 ounces of vegetable oil

$2.29 for 20 ounces of cornmeal

$1.99 for a dozen eggs

$2.54 for 1 ounce of sesame seeds

$1.99 for a loaf of fresh bread – 6 servings

$6.99 for a box mix – 16 servings

$3.59 for refrigerated dough – 6.5 servings

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