There is something so comforting and pleasurable about a steaming hot, fresh loaf of homemade bread. As far as meals within the home, I feel as though there is nothing better. It can be simple or complex but today, we opt for simple.
Bread making is an art form. It’s been around for thousands of years and can be made using a variety of techniques.
When I am in a pinch or worn out from the demands of the day, I prefer to “whip” up some bread in my handy little bread machine.
At first, this method of bread making took some getting used to. I even bought the wrong yeast initially and ended up with a dough ball resembling slime…not bread.
However, once I figured out the proper steps I found myself making perfectly browned loaves of soft, carb-loaded goodness.
I have two tips if you decide to venture out on this endeavor and they are:
- Following the instructions provide in the packet. For example, there is a strategic way to layer the ingredients so that the yeast performs as it is supposed to.
- Use exact measurements. Trust me on this one.
Recipes I Use
The recipes I currently use are very simple and came with my bread machine.
For a Basic 1 lb. Loaf I use:
- 3/4 c warm water (about 100 degrees Fahrenheit)
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 1/2 c bread flour
- 1 1/4 tsp bread machine yeast
*note: ingredients are to be placed in machine in the order listed above. Wet to dry order. Before adding your yeast, make a little “bird nest” in the flour so that the yeast doesn’t fall to the water.
For a 1 lb. French loaf I use:
- 1 c water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 2 1/2 c bread machine flour
- 1 tsp bread machine yeast
*note: ingredients are to be placed in machine in order listed above. Wet to dry order. Before adding your yeast, make a little “bird nest” in the flour so that the yeast doesn’t fall to the water.
I’ve decided that while grocery stores are over loaded with demand that I’ll make our own bread at home since I have the tools.
As I mentioned in my “Waste Not, Want Not” post, this is just one of the many ways I’m trying to help and lessen the demand for those in different circumstances.
Happy bread making friends!