Bread Recipes for Bread Machine
I just hauled out my old bread machine this week. I'm trying to save money and making my own bread is an easy part of that. I can stop spending $6 a loaf.
I just made this amazing french bread last night. It's for a small 1 lb loaf, which is perfect for 2 people, since this bread doesn't keep at all. The crust was fantastically crunchy. Perfect for the tomato bread salad I was making.
All ingredients at room temperature
3/4 cup + 1 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 1/4 cups bread flour (I just used King Arthur all purpose and reduced by 2 Tbsp)
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 3/4 tsp active dry yeast
Put in machine in order suggested by manufacturer.
Select French setting.
In the 1960s and 70s Swedish Smorgasbords were very popular. They all featured a delicious bread called Limpa which is pretty uncommon now. I came across a recipe for it that had been adapted for the breadmaker..I've made it several times and it's as good as the Limpa I remember from the past.
Swedish Limpa Rye Bread for Electric Bread Machine
1 1/2 cups milk, whole or skim
2 Tbsp. canola oil
2 Tbsp. unsulphured molasses
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup rye flour
2 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp. cocoa
1 Tbsp. grated orange rind
1 tsp. anise seed, lightly crushed
1/2 tsp. caraway seeds
1/4 to 1 tsp. salt to taste
1 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
Pour milk into the baking pan of your bread machine and measure in first the oil, then molasses (unless the instructions for your machine specify that the yeast is to be put in the bottom of the pan, followed by the other dry and then the liquid ingredients.) Add all-purpose and rye flours, brown sugar, cocoa, orange rind, aniseed, caraway seeds, and salt. Distribute yeast as directed for your machine.
Bake on a quick cycle.
Okay ... so I'm definitely getting into the spirit of fall, even though I live in LA. I guess it's all those years growing up in Canada, it's in my DNA. I baked about 4 loaves of bread this weekend with the bread machine. Here's another recipe I've used alot and it's a wonderful sorta sweet bread. Amazing the next day used for french toast.
2 Tbsp butter, room temperature
1/2 c + 1 Tbsp milk
1/3 c sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg beaten
2 c flour
1 tsp cardamom ground (use fresh if possible**)
1 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast
Place all ingredients in machine in order suggested by manufacturer. Use light or sweet setting. Shake bread from pan and cool on rack.
** it really makes a difference to use fresh cardamom pods. Split them and put seeds into pepper grinder or use mortar/pestle to grind. Smells amazing.