I don’t know about y’all, but silly me thought I would run to the store and get a loaf of bread since my kiddo is out of school and would be looking for food. Well, that was a dumb move. Not only were they out of bread (ALL bread except for some English muffin tops), but all the fresh meat was gone except a couple of legs of lamb, most all of the canned vegetables and all the Hot Pockets.
Hubs and I were looking at each other in shock when the lightbulb went off and I remembered that I have a bread machine. That I haven’t used in probably fifteen years. It was covered in dust (shameful, I know), but I dig it out, cleaned it up and started googling bread machine recipes.
I came across one at https://juliasalbum.com/how-to-make-basic-white-bread-less-dense-in-a-bread-machine-recipe/ that looked easy enough. It took the better part of the evening (3 hours and 15 minutes), but my house smells amazing! The final product is light and fluffy, missing the common density that my bread maker bread always had. I feel really good about feeding it to my family, too, since I know exactly what is in it.
Without further adieu, here’s the recipe.
1 cup and 3 tablespoons of warm water
2 tablespoons Canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons sugar
3 1/4 cups white bread flour
2 teaspoons Bread Machine Instant yeast
Julia makes a good point on her recipe that I feel is important to include here. Dense flour makes for dense bread. I don’t have a sifter (does anybody these days?) so what I did was dump about half a bag of bread flour into a bowl and I whisked it by itself a few times. Then, instead of dipping the measuring cup into the flour as I normally would, I used a ladle to dip the flour and pour it into the measuring cup. This keeps your flour “fluffy” and prevents it from packing down into the measuring cup, which helps the bread to not become dense and heavy.
Add the ingredients to the bread machine pan in the following order:
1. Add warm water
2. Add oil
3. Add salt
4. Add sugar
5. Add flour
You don’t need to mix any of these together as the machine will do that for you. At this point, make a small divot into the top of the pile of flour, but don’t make it deep enough to reach the liquid below the flour. Add the yeast to this little divot.
Close your machine up and turn it on. Mine is a West Bend and has different settings depending on the type of bread you’re making. I set it to White bread with a Light crust, which set the timer automatically for 3 hours and 40 minutes.
At this point, just wait until the smell of baking bread draws a crowd!