Homemade Bread

9 Oct

For my birthday earlier this year, I was given a used bread machine.  This thing is as old as the hills (i.e.: it was one of the first US models on the market), but it works great.  I’ve always enjoyed the taste of fresh bread, but had been too lazy to make it on my own in the past.  I just didn’t want to put in all the effort of kneading and letting it rise, then baking it, so I’d never bothered.  Now that I have a bread machine?  I eat fresh bread pretty much every day.  It’s glorious!

Along with the bread machine came an instruction/recipe booklet that has a surprising number of fabulous and unique recipes.  For being made in 1992, it’s quite adventurous food-wise.  I thought I’d share some of the best recipes that I’ve tried so far.  With my bread machine, you have to put all the ingredients in in the order they’re listed in, and all ingredients should be at room temperature unless otherwise stated.  Your machine may vary.

French Bread

  • 1 package yeast
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water

Put all ingredients into machine in the order listed, select “French” bread and press Start.

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Applesauce Bread

  • 1 package yeast
  • 2 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 3/4 cup wheat flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup warm applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup warm apple juice
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh apple

Use white bread setting and press Start.

The Applesauce bread was the first loaf I tried in my machine.  It was fabulous when I used it in french toast for a breakfast.  The outside is obviously rather brown, but it still tasted fantastic.  Every other loaf I’ve made since then hasn’t been as scorched.  🙂

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Pumpkin Bread

  • 1 package yeast
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/3 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin

Use white bread setting and press Start.

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Bloody Mary Bread

  • 1 package yeast
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 60z can of spicy V8 juice
  • 1 tablespoon vodka
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 egg

Use white bread setting and press Start.  This bread was FABULOUS with turkey or chicken sandwiches. Very unique flavour!

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Most of the breads I’ve made have turned out fairly well.  I made the pumpkin bread about a week ago, and I must have gotten distracted and left out part of the flour, as the bread was VERY dense and liquidy, and it didn’t look so good when it was done.  I think it would be great with a little added sugar, especially if you’re looking to have it for breakfast or dessert.

What are some of your favourite types of bread to make?

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