The first budget food recipe I have researched is those big fat chewy cookies which you can buy in supermarkets and from stalls. These can cost up to £1 each in some places, so I was wondering how much it costs to make them. The prices are from Aldi and are correct on the 10th of February 2012.
This is the recipe:
250g self raising flour 9p
125g butter 59.5p
200g sugar 47.5p
1 egg 13p
plus anything else you like such as chocolate chips, raisins, dried fruit, etc.
Preheat the oven to Gas mark 3/170 degrees C. Grease a baking sheet lightly.
Melt the butter and add the sugar. Stir until it is well mixed and begins to be a little lighter in colour. Wait until it is cool then add the egg and mix again until it is creamy and light. It does not look like cake mixture, just a little lighter. Then mix in all the flour until it is a smooth consistency.
Drop largeish amounts of the mixture onto the baking sheet with a tablespoon taking care to keep them around 5-6cm apart because they will spread out in the oven.
Using this recipe, I made 17 medium sized cookies for £1.29.
That is 7.6p per cookie.
(Include energy costs if you can work them out for the length of time that the oven is switched on).
You know that these cost around 10p a cookie, after energy costs. So make up a batch and go out and sell them for 50p each.