Sometimes the best foods are not the most complicated. This Depression Era Bread recipe can be made with only 3 ingredients and the end result is a delicious loaf of bread that tastes amazing!

If you are looking for a way to save money, making your own bread is a great place to start. Before you get intimidated and click away, I promise you it isn’t as hard as you think it is.

The best place to start is with this Depression Era Bread.

This bread recipe only has 3 ingredients (with one optional ingredient for extra flavor). It is foolproof. I’m a lazy baker. I only bake things that are fairly straightforward and don’t add any extra stress to my life (no one has time for that). This bread recipe is perfect for that.

This bread does take a bit of time to make, but in the end, you can make 7 loaves of bread for about $2.50. That’s an awesome way to stretch your food budget! It’s not all hands-on time either so you can work on one task and then get back to your to-do list.

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What is Depression Era Cooking?

During the Great Depression, many families had to cook with basic ingredients and learn to live with less. These families learned some important lessons on frugal living and limiting waste that we can all learn from today.

I love hearing stories from some of the people who lived through the Great Depression. They had to get creative in the kitchen in order to put dinner on the table and what they came up with was often delicious.

I heard some of these stories from my grandmother who put together some of her favorite frugal recipes in a cookbook for us to enjoy. I’ve heard people who lived through the Great Depression say that “Everything was really bad, but the food was good.”

Cost of Depression Era Bread

Flour: $1.50 (I got on sale during Christmas and stocked up.)

Yeast:  about $1.00

Salt:  pennies . . .

Water: pennies…

So for about $2.50 I made 7 loaves of bread.  That’s cheaper than the cost of some single loaves from the grocery store.

Each loaf costs about $0.36, depending on the ingredients you use.

I served this with beef stew and it was amazing.  This goes really well with soups or as a basic sandwich bread.

The bread was really good.  It was more of a rustic type of bread, kind of like French bread, and worked well with hot foods.  My family really enjoyed this bread.  I gave several of the loaves away as gifts and they were a huge hit. What a neat inexpensive gift.  They all raved about it as well.

Give this Depression Era Bread a try and get a little taste of history for yourself!

You can make this depression era bread in your own home with only 3 ingredients plus water.

Depression Era Bread – 3 Ingredients

Sometimes the best foods are not the most complicated. This Depression Era Bread recipe can be made with only 3 ingredients and the end result is a delicious loaf of bread that tastes amazing!

Ingredients

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Lorie

Lorie is a busy stay at home mom to 4. She loves couponing, cooking, sewing, reading, and looking for ways to save her family money. Lorie has a BS degree in Home Economics Education from the Univerity of Kentucky. She worked as a County Extension Agent for Family and Consuner Sciences for the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service before becoming a stay at home mom.

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