Monday, April 18, 2011

Favorite Bread Maker Bread Recipe

Today I am going to share my favorite bread recipe. It is probably not the healthiest bread out there, but I figure that it is much better than some of the junk you find in the grocery store, plus my kids like it!  
I make this in my bread maker, and before you think that I am super lazy remember that bread is best fresh, so I only need a couple of loaves at a time.  Somedays I make a few batches and freeze the extras, and it is just as yummy that way.  I have tried to make it by hand for a larger batch, but for some reason it tastes better when I make in the machine.

Bread Machine Bread Recipe:
2 Tablespoons oil (or softened butter)
2 Tablespoons powdered milk

1.5 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt

{I use my electric kettle to heat up the water}

1.5 Cups warm water

2 Cups bread flour
2 Cups spelt flour (I started adding spelt instead of all bread flour for more fiber and iron)

1.5 teaspoon yeast

Put it on the dough cycle of you bread machine and start!
{in the hour and 20 minutes that it took to make the dough I accomplished many tasks today - many loads of clean cloths folded and put away, lunch (and breakfast) dishes done, and a fabric project started!}

And the dough is ready to be shaped into loaves.

Greased 2 bread pans

Punch down the dough.

Form into 2 loaves and put into pans, pushing the dough to all sides.

Let rise for 40 minutes.

Ready to go into a preheated oven.  350 degrees for 25 minutes. I rotate half way through because my lovely oven has a hot spot in the back.

Promptly remove from pans and place on a cooling rack to cool completely before putting in bags for storage.  It will freeze well for up to a month.

Last April, I was grocery shopping and looking at ways to reduce our astronomical grocery bill.  Standing in the aisle in our local IGA, I decided that bread and cookie (especially cookies and bakery bread) were much to highly priced.  So since then I have {mostly} made my own bread and refrained from purchasing cookies.  Once in a while bread or buns are needed now, so we do buy them.

And now, a quick sneak peak at the fun fabric for the project I started today!  Stay tuned for photos of this fun project.

Hope you have a wonderful day!  Also coming soon an update on my first week of organizing {my mind}.

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