There are very few things that taste better then bread hot from
the oven. There also very few things that are more disappointing then when your
bread does not rise or disappoints you in some other way.
I have a recipe that I have used for years. It is reliable,
and it can be slightly altered. The picture above was taken from our last
We make bread often. We have a wheat grinder and are able
to grind our own wheat for the wheat flour. It is not difficult to grind wheat
and it lasts for several months in the refrigerator.
Below is the basic recipe we use. Note that when a bread
says it is "whole wheat", that just means that it contains some whole wheat.
It may also have white flour in it. In this case, our basic recipe has 1
cup of whole wheat, and one cup of white flour.
Also note that this is a 2 cups of flour breadmaker recipe.
A lot of breadmaker recipes have 3 cups of flour.
Flour: If you want your bread to rise higher and be
lighter, use less whole wheat. The bread pictured above had a little more
white than wheat flour in it.
We use 2 Tbs of "Dough Enhancer" when we make bread. Dough
Enhancer looks like flour. We add it to the bottom of the cup measurement for
the wheat flour...and that alone reduces the whole wheat flour by 2 Tbs. If we
want to reduce the wheat flour more, we just replace it with white flour.
Sugar: Be sure to pack your brown sugar. Sugar helps the
yeast rise. It will make your loaf lighter.
Salt: Bread made without salt does not taste good.
Be sure and add salt.
Water: Be sure it is warm but not hot, or it will kill the
You can open the top of your bread machine at the beginning of
the process. You want to watch the dough when it begins mixing. At this
point you can add a little flour or water if needed. As the dough spins it
should start to pull away from the sides look shiny and elastic.
The weather can affect the flour, so although it is usually safe
to turn and walk away, it doesn't hurt to keep an eye one it.
When the breadmaker has finished the loaf it will beep. It
will be hot, so be careful. Put the bread on a wire rack, and cover with a
towel while it cools. The crust will soften when you put it in a plastic
We time our bread to be done before meals, so we cut off a few
pieces before we set it to cool. After we eat we use an electric knife to
cut it into slices. Then we freeze it. When we want a piece of
homemade bread we just put it in the microwave and thaw and heat it.
It will come out of the freezer as good as it went in.
The whole process of making bread is very easy with a
breadmaker. Find your special recipe and Enjoy!
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