Sunday, August 18, 2013

Breadmachine White Bread

School will start in about 2 weeks from now and I will need to have bread on hand since kids take sandwiches most of the days. Even though I had started buying the bread last year for this purpose, I got bored with it. So, I am going to experiment with a lot of breadmachine recipes for which, I will make the mix and keep them in seperate bags. Throw the contents of the bag with the measured liquid and start the machine. Even though I am not a fan of the shape of loaf when it comes out of my bread machine, that is something I have to compromise on if I am too busy to bake the bread in the oven with a nice shape. Here is a no fail white bread recipe. I was impressed by it since it had less yeast than most other recipes and hence had a nice and slow rise.
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Adapted from - King Arthur Flour
All purpose flour - 3 3/4 cups (See Notes)
Warm water - 1 cup
Warm milk - 1/3 cup
Salt - 1 1/2 tsp
Oil - 3 TBSP (or butter)
Sugar - 2 TBSP
Active dry yeast - 1 1/2 tsp

Place oil, salt, sugar, water, milk flour and yeast in this order in the pan of the breadmachine and start on white bread setting. Gives the best white bread that is light and spongy. My breadmachine pan is kind of odd shaped and yields a very wide loaf. So, I took out the dough after final mixing and second rise and plopped the dough into an oiled 9 X 5 pan and let rise there for the final time. Baked it at 350 F for 45 minutes. Brush the loaf with melted butter or oil after taking out of the pan.

If you want to make it by hand, refer to this post for the method: Basic White Bread.

To make the mix:
Take flour, salt, sugar and cut in 3 TBSP of butter into it. Add yeast and place them in a ziploc bag in the refrigerator. When time to make it, just measure water and milk and dump the contents of the bag into the bread machine pan and start the machine.

Depending on how you measure the flour, you might need a couple of TBSP extra flour or water. Test once and then adjust as per your measuring habits.
This post is written for weekend cooking post that I write with Srivalli  and  Vaishali.   

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  1. Wholesome and delicious looking bread.

  2. Champa ..yaar you are too good..I always feel nervous with breads..wonder why..I love this bread and love the idea of baking fresh bread, but things are different here in India..and one can hardly think of baking oven fresh breads in daily routine...kudos for your efforts.

  3. This bread looks amazing!..if you must know we are yet to have proper bread machines in the two brands that are available right now are not really ones I might want to buy...and I don't think I am up to trying the regular one as well..keep posting these, hopefully someday soon I will pick it up..:)

  4. Champa, Can I sub the plain flour with bread flour?

    1. Yes. You will get better bread with bread flour than all purpose flour.

  5. Hi Champa, you have a lovely blog, and I am following your bread machine recipes to try in my new bread machine. I have a couple of queries, and will be really happy if you can answer them :
    1. If using just the dough cycle, can I use any measurements irrespective of the size which the machine makes? My machine bakes 1.5, 2 and 2.5 lb loafs. If say, I want to just use the dough cycle for making 2 pizza bases, can I do that ?
    2. If I want to remove the kneading blades before baking cycle starts, what is the way to do it (The question may sound silly, but I cannot figure out much, being a novice with bread machine). Should I set the machine to dough cycle, then remove the dough and blades, put the dough back, and set on BAKE cycle? Or should I let the entire cycle run, and as soon as baking starts, I should do this step (There is no beep sound when changing from rise to bake cycle in my WestBend HiRise)?

    1. Aditi,
      You can use dough setting for making dough. You cannot put the dough back and turn the machine on. It will start all over unless your machine has just the bake option. You still have to select the proper loaf size while making dough since it alters the time it spends for kneading. 3 cups of flour is for 1.5 lb loaf, 4 cups is for 2 lb loaf. When to remove the blade is just before final rise starts. Refer to the manual where they give you the details of how much time is used for what when you select an option. It usually will say mix, knead, first rise, second rise, final rise, bake etc. You need to remove the blade before final rise. Hope this helps.

  6. Thanks a lot Champa! My bread machine thankfully has a separate bake cycle too. I will try removing the blades before final rise


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