Bread from a machine

I know I haven’t posted anything here in a while, but it’s not for lack of activity (quite the opposite, actually!). I’ve been going snowboarding, cooking up a storm, and hanging out with friends here in Denver. It’s just that there hasn’t been a whole lot of picture-taking going on, or anything that was screaming to be documented. Until now…

This is a great recipe I’ve been using in my bread machine lately. I tend to vary things like swapping out the fat (olive oil, butter or shortening will all work, in the same amount), or adding in sweet fruitiness (like apple butter and some cinnamon). The version below is the best-tasting variation I’ve made yet, so I thought it worth posting.

Easy Basic Bread (from a Machine)

  • 2 Tbsp fat (shortening, oil, or butter)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (Grade A Dark Amber)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 tsp (or 1 pkg) active yeast, for bread machines

Add all ingredients to your bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. I add in liquid ingredients, sugar, and salt first, then the flour, then poke a hole in the flour and spoon in the yeast.

Use the basic white bread setting for a 1.5 lb loaf. I normally use the dark crust setting to get a nice crunchy crust, but the medium setting will probably work nicely as well.

Enjoy!

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