But my handy dandy bread machine should get all the credit. I would never go to all the trouble of making my own bread without one. It's so awesome because it takes less than 5 minutes to throw the ingredients into the pan and the machine does the rest. After it's all said and done, I'm left with amazing bread and only one dirty pan. And it's super easy to clean because it's non-stick. I've included my favorite whole wheat bread recipe below.
HONEY WHOLE WHEAT BREAD FOR THE BREAD MACHINE RECIPE
1 cup water
1/8 cup milk
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups white whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine/fast rising yeast (or 2 teaspoons active dry yeast)
Add ingredients according to the directions that came with your bread machine. Use the wheat bread cycle and light color setting. This recipe makes a 1 1/2 pound loaf.
Follow the directions that came with your bread machine carefully. I first got a bread maker eleven years ago. I didn't follow the instructions and my bread never turned out. Now I make sure my water is at the right temp (my directions recommend 80°F). I spoon the flour into the measuring cup instead of scooping so I don't use too much flour. My previous bread maker recommended using bread machine/fast rising yeast so I still use that, although my new bread maker says active dry yeast can be used. I keep my yeast in the fridge so it doesn't go bad.
If your bread doesn't rise, try adding 2 tablespoons of vital wheat gluten and 2 1/2 tablespoons water. Not all recipes work the same in different areas. I live at sea level. For high altitude areas, reduce the amount of yeast by 1/4 teaspoon and reduce liquid by 1-2 teaspoons until you find the right amount.
This is my rockin' bread machine that I bought last year to replace my previous Black & Decker model. I was debating between this West Bend Breadmaker for $60 and the Zojirushi Virtuoso Breadmaker for $270. Big diff in price! I read all the user reviews for each bread maker and I finally chose the less inexpensive West Bend bread maker. I've been very happy with it and I'm glad I didn't fork over the extra $210 for the Zojiushi model.
$0.03 - Milk ($3.50/1 gallon)
$0.37 - Extra-Virgin Olive Oil ($9.44/25.4 oz.)
$0.35 - Honey ($7.48/32 oz.)
$0.01 - Sea Salt ($1.50/26.5 oz.)
$0.58 - White Whole Wheat Flour ($3.64/5 pounds)
$0.27 - Bread Machine Yeast ($4.24/16 envelopes)
$1.61 - Grand Total for 1 1/2 pound loaf
$4.75 - Whole Wheat Bread of Comparable Taste/Freshness from Bread Store
After making homemade bread in my bread maker 20 times, I saved the $60 I spent on it. I also make homemade pizza dough and french bread dough in it. I love that I get fresh, delicious, nutritious homemade bread without hardly lifting a finger!
Do you have a bread maker? What kind do you have and how do you like it? Do you have a favorite bread machine recipe to share?
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