Basic White Bread – The Wonder of a Bread Machine!

Basic White Bread

Basic White Bread

I grew up with a mother who bakes and cooks from scratch. She has huge jars of flour & sugar on her counter. Always has and probably always will. She made bread from scratch my whole life. & she taught me. I won prizes for my wreath shaped breads from school. Made wheat, flavored, dessert style and I think just about every type of bread as a kid. But I never truly appreciated it until I moved out and had to figure out how to do it on my own.

Well lucky me, I got a bread machine as a wedding gift over 13 years ago. But then it sat in the cabinet collecting dust. Sadly never being used to its full potential. So one day cleaning out my cubbards I realized I need to use it. So off it goes to sit on the counter. And in my world if it’s on the kitchen counter it needs to become a regularly used item. So I went to my favorite online place, Pinterest, and searched all over for bread machine recipes. I tried a few and sadly none were like what I grew up with. So in my biased mind I kept searching for the perfect recipe I had at one time. Well I was putting towels away and found this little note card wedged between towels in the drawer. In my hand was the written recipe from many years ago I had been searching for. And I was able to adapt it to so I can make it in the bread machine and not knead the dough by hand (I’m sort of lazy about that, having to do it so much as a kid) Anyways, I still have it! I rushed off to make it and I have never looked back.

Sorry this recipe is so specific. I know not many people have bread machines but I do suggest if you like home-made bread to get one. You can find them brand new in the box on Craigslist or whatever yard sale website for about $20. And to me that’s a good solid investment.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbs butter – unsalted & softened
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 1/4 cups bread flour – You can use all-purpose, but bread flour is just better for the machines IMO
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast

Measure very carefully, this is baking so no effing around,  and layer all ingredients in bread machine pan as the owner’s manual specifies. This is very important. My machine requires liquids, dry ingredients and yeast on top. If i do it in any other order my bread will not rise properly. Trust me I’ve learned my lesson and I’m saving you the hassle. So please follow your owners manual for this.

This will make you a 1 pound loaf of White Yeast Bread. Mine always looks like a big rectangle. Could be the bread machine? Anyways it tastes delicious! Anyone else have bread machine adventures or suggested recipe?

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