Meal Planning Monday ~ Fresh Baked Bread

This week’s post is by Leah Kelley.

            Is there anything better than the smell of bread baking in the kitchen, especially on a cold day?  I think not.  I have always wanted a bread machine, but sadly it was out of my budget.  Until one day, a mom friend of mine posted on Facebook that she was giving hers away.  I jumped on that opportunity – and I am so glad I did!  It has seriously changed my baking life.  Now I can make pizza dough, crescent dough, French bread, and even bagels in my bread machine.

            I thought I would share my favorite bread recipe with you.  I will say this though; follow the directions when you make the bread!  It’s very important you do.  Just last week, I thought I would make a honey-oat bread and put in more honey so it tasted sweeter.  Well, that was NOT a good idea!  My bread not only didn’t rise, but it was also dense and just nasty looking.  I’m sure if you wanted to switch similar ingredients, such as walnuts for cashews or dried blueberries for dried cranberries, which would be fine.  Just don’t toss in more liquid ingredients in like I did.

            One recipe website I love to look at for bread machine recipes is Allrecipes.com.  Actually it’s one of my all-time favorite websites for any kind of recipe.  They have a whole section dedicated to bread machine recipes, including how-to videos.

             I love making white bread.  Yes, I know wheat bread is healthier, but there’s nothing like fresh white bread with a little homemade butter (I’ll share that recipe in another blog post.)

          I also love making pizza dough.  My husband isn’t a fan of it, but my kids are.  My husband could live on Papa John’s pizza if I let him.

 

Best Bread Machine Bread  (From AllRecipes.com)

  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package bread machine yeast
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

    Place the water, sugar and yeast in the pan of the bread machine.  Let the yeast dissolve and foam for 10 minutes.  Add the oil, flour, and salt to the yeast.  Select Basic or White Bread setting, and press Start.