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This bread costs just $0.51 per loaf to make and only requires 4 ingredients: flour, salt, yeast, and water!

Poor Man’s Bread

Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish
Keyword bread, oven
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Author Charlee Flaminio


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp. instant yeast
  • 4-5 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. salt


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the water, yeast, salt, and flour (start with 4 cups). Mix with the hook attachment. If you can tell that the dough is still really sticky, add more flour. You want the dough to be smooth and elastic and not stick to your fingers. Don’t add too much flour or you will get a really dense bread.
  2. Knead the dough with the dough hook for about 10 minutes until the dough has become smooth and elastic. Coat a large bowl with olive oil and put the dough in the bowl, making sure the oil gets all over it.
  3. Cover the bowl with a light towel and let it rise for about 2-4 hours until it doubles in volume.
  4. Take the dough out of the bowl and place on a clean counter surface to roll out. Add some flour to the counter if the dough is sticking. Roll it out to 8×11-inches, cover it with a towel, and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Roll up the dough from the shortest side to make it into a loaf. Place into a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan, cover with the towel, and let it rise again for another hour. About 30 minutes before you put it in the oven, preheat the oven to 350F. 

  6. Put the bread into the oven once it has risen at least 1-2 inches above the rim of the loaf pan. Let it bake for 45 minutes. It should have a nice golden color when it is done.

  7. Once you take it out of the oven, let it cool before slicing. Enjoy! Makes 1 loaf of bread.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from La Fuji Mama.