Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bread Machine: An Impulse Buy

Only I could go to a mall to buy a winter coat and come home coatless but with a bread machine. I was actually in the Black and Decker outlet store in Atlantic City and among the power tools I saw a Breadman bread machine for $50. I have always been curious about these machines and decided to give it a shot.
My first attempt was a basic white bread which I did not photograph but I was fairly happy with. It was just a simple sandwich bread with no real depth to it but certainly an improvement  over a supermarket sliced white. This recipe is adapted from  Maple Oatmeal Loaf from which certainly had more flavor.
The texture on this is a little tight and I would adjust the recipe a little next time

  • 1 cup very hot water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3 Tablespoons softened butter
  • 1/4 cup Pure Vermont Maple Syrup
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package of dry yeast
  • 1 large egg, unbeaten

    I followed the directions from my machine's instruction manual.


Interestingly enough to get the best use out of a machine I think you actually are better off already knowing how to make bread as you have to be able adjust the dough before it starts baking.
I have to say it is probably something I will use more on the dough cycle and finish  the bread in a regular oven unless I just want to make a basic sandwich bread. I am looking forward to experimenting more with this and will be sharing my thoughts.

The crust looks a little burnt in this photo but it actually was not so dark.


I have not had much time on my hands to be either posting or commenting on other peoples posts but I hope to get back to normal in the new year. I work in a restaurant in a retail store so you can imagine how busy a time of year it is for me.