While I get ready for my new beer making kit to arrive, I decided that it would be a good idea to start making things from recipes again. One item I haven’t made in a long time is bread.
Well, today I whipped out my breadmaker and got to work. On the menu was “Luscious White Bread.” This is usually the recipe I make because I have had such good luck with it in the past. It’s a nice, rich, heavy white bread.
There were a few times back in the day when I had a little trouble. I once bought whole wheat flower thinking I was going to get fancy. This was before I knew the stores sold flour made just for breadmakers. I made a few “brick like” loafs that had to be tossed on the front lawn for the deer to eat. This was back when we were renting. I wouldn’t invite the deer here to this house.
Here is the recipe:
1 1/2 pound loaf
– 1 cup milk
– 1 1/2 eggs (I use 2)
– 2 1/2 Tbs. butter
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 3/4 tsp. salt
– 3 cups bread flower
– 2 1/2 tsp.yeast
– 2 Tbs. honey (optional…I like it)
– 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
– A sprinkle of oats (optional)
– A sprinkle of mashed potato flakes (optional)
I added the optional items in there. Some of them were just found in the cabinets, while some are just damn good. The honey is damn good. I probably add more than I wrote above. The thing you want to be careful of is to not throw off the moisture and yeast levels too much. An example would be adding three cups of honey. You are going to have issues if you do that.
Ok, for some photos…
This is a picture of the breadmaker I got for free from Pam a few years ago, where I used to work. She said she couldn’t figure out how to use it because she lost the manual. All I have done since I got it was to press “Start.” It works fine like that. My mother got me this old, but good breadmaker recipe book. It has about a hundred recipes in it…all types of breads. It’s very cool.
I like to use soymilk. In case you weren’t aware, this milk doesn’t come from a cow’s udder. Using soymilk really doesn’t have any effect on the taste…it’s just as good. I also use eggs from free roaming hens. This means these hens weren’t crammed tightly in a cage with multiple other hens. The eggs are more expensive, but when you think about what you are doing for the hen, I think it’s worth it.
This is right after I put all the ingredients into the mixer. I put the ingredients in order of how I wrote them in the recipe above. My mother told me a while ago about some issue with the salt touching the yeast. Something goes wrong in that department, so I put the salt in below the flour and the yeast up on top.
This is a few minutes of the spinner at the bottom of the mixer doing its work.
A few hours into it and this is what I got. Now, that’s a loaf. I like it when it’s too big to fit in the machine.
When it’s still hot, I like to shake the loaf out of the mixer and toast it up. The inside of the toaster gets all foggy and then bread is perfect for some nice soy based butter. The hole in the bread slice in the photo above is from the spinner in the mixer. A few slices up, that hole doesn’t exist anymore.
I think I am ready to start making beer.