I am a bread eater and have always gotten it from the store until a couple of years ago when I bought my first bread machine. My earlier lifestyle didn’t afford me the opportunity to bake bread because I worked the night shift. I could barely even get up to butter a slice of store-bought bread, let alone, bake my own. I can understand why some people don’t like bread machines. They love kneading the dough themselves, and/or don’t want the risk of a machine stopping unexpectedly. But, that hasn’t happened to me. Rather you bake bread by hand or machine, no doubt, you’ve saved a lot of money doing it yourself. I have a Breadman Ultimate Plus and I really like it because it has a fruit and nut dispenser and personal/custom program features. I can set it on Dough Cycle only or Bake Cycle for pre-made dough. Yesterday, I made a 1.5 LB loaf of Italian Herb Bread. Yum!
It only has eight ingredients and none of those long-winded words some say are unhealthy for you. It takes 3 hours and 27 minutes to bake. Yeah, I know you can run to the store 300 times by then. But stop and think about it this way. You’re saving your good health and a little ching ching in your pocket! 🙂
Before you start, though, heed these important tips:
- Make sure your ingredients are at room temperature.
- Make sure the paddle is placed properly in the bread pan.
- Add accurately measured ingredients in the order listed in the recipe.
- Use the right yeast for the right machine or recipe.
- Make sure yeast doesn’t touch liquid. Place in small indention on top of flour.
- Follow the machine manual and recipe guide.
- To prevent bread from becoming soggy, remove from pan immediately. (Don’t wait like I did. Mine got a ‘fallen top’ while I was messing around with my camera.)
Here is one on my favorites:
Italian Herb Bread
1.5 lb in the Breadman Ultimate Plus
- Water, 80°F/27°C, 1 cup + 1 TBL
- Oil 2 TBL
- Sugar 2 TBL
- Salt 1-½ tsp
- Dry Milk 2 TBL
- Bread Flour 3 cups
- Dried Italian Seasoning 2 tsp
- Active Dry Yeast 2 tsp
Select – FRENCH Cycle
Now wait 3 hours and 27 minutes. While you’re waiting, think, think, think about the money you’re saving and your good health. This is, of course, a good time to make sure your camera is ready and batteries charged. You want to take pictures of your first loaf of bread, don’t you? Besides, you’ll need to take the bread out of the machine as soon as it beeps or you’ll get a ‘fallen top’ and fuzzy pictures like mine. The bread still looks pretty. haha.
Now that you’ve got your own baked bread protect your hands and shake it out of the pan. Let it sit on wire rack to cool for at least 15 to 30 minutes. Don’t forget to remove the paddle (it’s hot!) before slicing or you’ll ruin your brand new bread knife.
I baked this 1.5 LB loaf on Medium Crust setting. It usually lasts up to 2 to 3 days. It doesn’t last any longer than that. Not because we scoff it down, (and we do), but because it uses no preservatives.
DON’T FORGET to have your butter softened and ready to go. And if you’re not in too big of a hurry to eat, the Breadman Ultimate Plus has a jam making cycle that takes 1 hour and 5 minutes. On second thought, you’ll want to have the jam done first and waiting with the butter. haha
What’s your favorite way to bake and eat bread? Do share!
- Why I Don’t Like Bread Machines (thechildcooks.wordpress.com)
- Get “Baked” (And Save Your Cash) (notecook.com)
- Bread, Bread, Bread! (thechildcooks.wordpress.com)
This is not a paid advertisement or endorsement for any bread machine.