Thursday, April 23, 2009
Basic Bread - for bread machines
When I was surfing for a basic white bread recipe using the breadmachine, I found one using plain flour and oats in allrecipes.com. There were so much rave about it so I decided to try it. However, I always get a sunken top. I like the bread as it's soft and most importantly, the ingredients used are very basic and I always have them in my kitchen cabinet. I have no idea what went wrong. Tried trouble-shooting to no avail.
A forum member, Laramie, shared her basic white loaf bread with us in M4M. I tried it and it has been my regular recipe if I'm lazy to do fanciful breads.
I do not know if you have the same problem as me but the crust of bread baked in a bread machine is too thick and I always end up slicing them away to feed the dog. Since DD3 is older now, I can put her on the highchair/exersaucer while I shape the bread dough and have the breads baked in the oven.
I've seek her permission to post her recipe in my blog (thanks Lara, if you're reading my blog).
1 cup cold water
3 cups bread flour (you can vary the ratio 1 cup plain: 2 cups bread flour if you wish)
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt (salt and sugar at opposite sides of the pan)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp yeast (make a hole in the centre & put in the middle of the flour)
Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Basic Bread cycle; press Start.