I love to bake.
Unfortunately, I don't have as much time as I would like to bake with a busy career & two kids.
That being said...the bread machine is my new best friend.
A friend gave it to me several years ago..a thrifting find.
It sat on a shelf getting dusty for a long time.
I love to knead dough.
It is so very meditative.
I love to watch my dough rising in a bowl on the stove.
I had no tolerance at all for this impostor that was in my house.
But, I just couldn't get rid of it.
Finally one day as I was Spring cleaning I pulled this big, white, clunky thing out of the cabinet & dusted it off. I took a good hard look at it & decided to give it a whirl.
Truth be told, all that was accomplished was the house smelled like bread baking & that loaf flopped in the center and was hard.
The dog ate it.
Again, Ms. Machine went back in the cabinet.
About a month later, we walked into the library & I spotted a recipe book just for the bread machine. Who knew you could make so many things with it?
I sat in the children's section scribbling recipes on scrap paper for over an hour and came straight home to try one.
Three months have passed since that day & I have since made at least two loaves a week with her.
I must say, I am quite satisfied.
We never have to buy bread again.
When I am too tired to bake by hand, it takes me less then 3 minutes to load the ingredients in & set it to go.
If I do it before bed, we have fresh yumminess to wake up too.
I never thought I'd say it but I'm quite smitten with my bread machine.
Here is my Basic Bread Recipe. I played around with flours & sweeteners & this one still is my children's favorite.
Sara's Basic Bread Recipe
1 c. warm filtered water
3 tbsp local honey
3 tbsp organic, non-hydrogenated oil
2 c. Whole Wheat flour
1 c. Whole Wheat Pastry flour
1 tsp. sea salt
1 package yeast
Set to basic light bread.