There’s something about the smell of homemade bread wafting through your house. Not only does it smell SO welcoming, but fresh-from-the-oven bread is beyond delicious!
Our family loves bread, and one way that I’ve always stretched our grocery budget is by making our own bread at home. You can buy the ingredients for homemade bread and it will last for many, many bread recipes of all kinds.
During the lean law school years earlier on in our marriage, this was one of my favorite ways to save money but also enjoy something delicious! In fact, I often saved us $100-$200 per year by making our own homemade bread!
I know making bread can seem time consuming and requires planning ahead, and that’s why I love to make bread ahead of time and freeze it for later!
Here are 13 of my very favorite homemade bread recipes that are frugal, easy to make, and freezer-friendly…
1. Homemade Freezer Biscuits — Say goodbye forever to canned biscuits. This recipe is a winner. It’s quick, easy, inexpensive, and so practical. Best of all, you control what ingredients go in it, unlike canned biscuits that you buy at the store.
2. Easy Freezer-Friendly Homemade Pizza Dough — This pizza crust recipe has been my go-to recipe for years. It’s so easy to make — and it’s really hard to ruin. In fact, I’ve made it dozens upon dozens of times and I don’t think I’ve ever messed it up.
3. Homemade Breadsticks in the Bread Machine — These are SO easy to make — and absolutely delicious, too! To make these freezer-friendly, just wait until you reheat them to add the melted butter, parmesan, and garlic.
4. 30 Minute Rolls — This recipe has been a favorite in our family for many years. We’ve made so many batches of these rolls that I have the recipe memorized. They are so yummy and a hit with everyone who eats them. And you’ll be shocked by how easy and FAST they are to whip up!
5. Pull Apart Oat Rolls — The addition of oatmeal and whole wheat flour gives these tall, fluffy rolls a hearty boost! You can even substitute wheat germ or wheat bran in place of some of the whole wheat flour for a little different twist. If you can’t eat them all at once, they freeze well and reheat beautifully.
6. Easy Whole Wheat Muffins — These consist of only a few staple ingredients, making them extremely frugal and easy to make. They are also a lifesaver for those day-before-grocery-shopping emergencies where you really need something else to serve with dinner, but your cupboards are almost empty! These muffins are surprisingly moist, even though they don’t have any oil or butter in them. So for those of you trying to watch your fat intake, use low-fat buttermilk, and this recipe can be your new best friend.
7. Easy and Delicious Homemade English Muffin Bread — I made this recipe back in 2012 for the first time as a DIY project one month. I’m so glad I tried the recipe, because it’s an ongoing winner in our house. It’s so easy to make, so frugal, and SO good. It also freezes beautifully! I make the loaves, slice them, package them in freezer bags, and freeze them. Then, we just take out however many slices we want at a time!
8. Make-Ahead Butterhorn Rolls — These are pretty much hands-down the most-delicious dinner rolls you’ll ever eat. And best of all? You can make up a batch or a double-batch ahead of time and then just pull out, thaw, and bake as many as you need for dinner.
9. Bread Machine Buttery Rolls — This is a recipe from my brother, it uses basic ingredients you usually will always have on hand, and it literally takes about 5 minutes of labor! These rolls always turn out beautifully and my whole family loves them. This is a winner recipe you’ll make over and over again.
10. Chocolate Banana Bread — It’s hard to go wrong with anything that has bananas, chocolate, and chocolate chips. Seriously, though. Chocolate on chocolate. Enough said! 😉
11. Pumpkin Crescent Rolls — When it comes to homemade rolls, it doesn’t get much better than these. You can’t taste the pumpkin in these at all, but the pumpkin is there for a reason. It makes these rolls tender, soft and absolutely delicious! The finished rolls are a beautiful golden fall color – although the color varies depending on what kind of pumpkin you are using.
12. Brown Sugar Biscuit Twists — This recipe is one of our family’s very favorite recipes. I originally adapted it from an old, falling-apart Better Homes and Gardens bread cookbook my mom had when we were growing up. I’ve made these countless times and they are so easy to do and so yummy!
13. Freezer-Friendly Banana Bread — This banana bread recipe freezes so well, and you can add all kinds of fun mix-ins to it if you want! Our favorite is chocolate chips (of course!). We make this whole wheat chocolate chip version frequently!
Bonus Tip: You can also try making your own homemade baking mixes to save money and time!
Looking for other freezer-friendly recipe ideas? Try these:
What are some of your family’s favorite bread recipes? I’d love to hear!