Saturday, November 19, 2011

Best White Bread

I began mastering my bread machine a few years ago, finding the most successful recipes.  I've owned it for over a decade, but used only occasionally.  Since finding great recipes, I haven't bought bread at the store in over 2 years.  For some breads I use the machine  just for mixing, kneading, and first rise then shape and bake in oven, and others I fully bake in the machine.  I've used "mixes" but  it's much more economical to enjoy bakery quality bread of all kinds when making from scratch.


A friend in Texas shared this recipe and it makes a huge, soft loaf equal to two loaves of bread.  Once cooled, I slice it in half vertically and freeze one half for later use. Dough can be made then taken out and shaped into buns or rolls.  Bread machines are great for making pizza dough, too.


You'll never find a better bread for toast!


Bread Machine White Bread 
1 cup milk warm milk
1 large egg, or 2 small at room temperature 
2 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups bread flour, regular white flour will be okay, too.
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast

Put ingredients in according to machine instructions.  Mine calls for liquids first, then dry ingredients, with yeast last. I warm milk to about 90 degrees quickly in microwave with the butter, then beat egg(s) and pour in. Next add sugar, salt, then flour.  Make an indent on top and spoon in yeast.  I set the machine to basic white. During first knead, seeds such a poppy or sesame, or  dry spices may be added.