Home Made ‘Bread Maker’ Bread

2013-07-18
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  • Yield : 700g
  • Servings : 8
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 3:30 h
  • Ready In : 3:40 h

Ingredients

  • 4 cups strong plain flour (bread making flour)
  • 2 cups water (lukewarm)
  • 2 dessertspoons oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds or oats

Method

When using one of these ready-made bought bread flour mix packages you’ll find that it will come with dry yeast packet/s and the instructions say how to make your bread in a bread making machine.  At the beginning stages of making my bread in the bread maker my bread didn’t turn out well even though I was following the packet instructions. After a few attempts I developed my own way with ordinary strong flour that never fails and Stephen loves the results. I thought I’d share with you what I do to have my bread turn out so nice and tasty everyday much to Stephen’s delight. Follow the instructions as per package, or simply follow mine….this is what I do

Sift the 4 cups of strong flour then mix in the salt and sugar, without these the bread will be unappetising and tasteless and not to Stephen’s liking. Set up your bread-making machine and place the  stirring paddle inside the dough compartment and add the lukewarm water. To this add the oil followed by the flour ingredients then finally the dry yeast sprinkled on top of the flour but not mixed in. Plug it in and switch it on then select the dial to to your chosen colour of bread crust also add in the dry top compartment your chosen ingredients of  oats or seeds or other tasty things, then push Start. My machine takes 3.5 hours to knead the dough, rest, prove and then bake.  Half an hour of kneading the dough the machine will chime to tell you that the seed or oats etc should be incorporated into the dough in case you have forgotten to add to it’s compartment if so no dramas it can be added at this stage too. Then it will proceed with the proving and finally the baking. Nothing can be simpler than this, I feel.  After baking is finished remove your loaf of bread and place it on a baking rack to cool before storing for keeps. I can tell you it will taste so much better than bought bread that it will be so popular and everybody will want a piece so it will soon disappear. By making your own you know your bread ingredients rather than reading a long list of ingredients on the package of bought bread.

Variations and Suggestions

Here are the little things that I do to make it extra attractive. The biggest problem you’ll encounter with the bread maker is the stirring paddle getting left inside the bread after it is finished kneading. After it has done its job of kneading the dough I don’t leave the paddle in the dough, instead I remove it and let the dough rise and bake without the stirring paddle inside the dough. I take the dough out of the container and shape it with my hands then I place it back in the container base but without the stirring paddle. This not only improves the look of the loaf underneath and the top shape of the bread but also avoids the voids in several slices that the stirring paddle would have left at the base of the loaf if it had been left inside. The other good point is to make sure that the bread maker is not left open while switched on and also in a large room or large kitchen space. Instead keeping shut while switched on when removing the dough to shape and such as a laundry space or a small spare room without much air movement and keeping the room door closed I find produces the best results of the little oven retaining even heat. This helps the bread maker to bake evenly without the little baking oven struggling to retain heat in large airy spaces. You know my secrets now and if your bread maker is gathering dust as mine was for a while after few attempts at it without good result, today it sits where it can be seen and used daily with great results. I shall next time attempt to make sweet fruity bread and shall blog accordingly.

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