Thursday, October 21, 2010

Homemade Bread

I really thought I would never buy a bread maker. The whole idea seemed very complicated and messy to be. I wondered why people made their own bread when you could just go to the store and buy a loaf for $2.99. It wasn't until our stay with friends in Scotland that I became enchanted with the whole idea of making my own bread. Our friends made fresh bread every morning and the smell was intoxicating. I saw how easy the whole process was: dump your ingredients in the pan and set the machine. It did EVERYTHING for you with literally no mess! So, of course, I headed straight to Macy's when we got home and BJ bought me a breadmaker for a steal of a price.
I know feel very "homemaker-ish" with my whole wheat bread made every 4 days or so. It is quite delicious and way cheaper than $2.99!!!! Maybe one of these days I will feel adventurous and make sunflower bread or pizza dough. For those of you who already have a bread maker at home - this is a delicious recipe.

Breadmaker Wheat Bread
1 1/3 cups warm water (about 110 degrees)
1/3 cup olive oil (do not substitute with vegetable oil--use olive oil!)
2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (if you wish to make white bread, substitute this for bread flour)
2 1/2 cups bread flour
'2 tbsp. and 2 tsp. white sugar
3 tsp. yeast (I used one of the packets)


In the breadmaker pan, combine water, oil, and salt.

Add the flour on top of the liquids. Pour sugar into one corner of the breadmaker pan. Make a well (a dent) in the center of the flour and pour the yeast into it.

Set the breadmaker for a "basic" loaf (and I used the "light" crust setting), and press start. Walk away... in three hours, you'll have delicious fresh bread!

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