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Best Bread Machine Bread

Someone asked for my recipe and I cannot remember who it was.  I will post here and hopefully she will find it?! This is my ‘go to’ recipe.  We use it for sandwiches and meals.  I ‘borrowed’ the base of it from allrecipes.com and took some of the notes and some input from my friend Andrea and viola! I love how this turns out every single time!!

Ingredients:

1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

2 tablespoons white sugar

2 1/4 teaspoon bread machine yeast (.25 ounce package)

1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use olive oil)

3 cups bread flour

1 1/2 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 oil, flour, and salt to the yeast.  ***Select Basic or White Bread setting and press start.

***My personal note- this is where I just put the bread maker on the dough setting instead.  Once completed ( about 1 hr 20min) it punch it down and put it into my stoneware bread pan that has been sprayed with non-stick.  I have another that can cook 4 mini-loaves which I will separate the dough evenly into those quadrants.

I place the selected pan in my oven, covered with a clean towel, with the oven light on, resting on the top rack while a jelly roll pan of hot, hot water is sitting below my bread for 45 – 60 minutes. It rises really high in this controlled environment!  I’ve started letting it rise for the 45 minutes since it was rising too high while I waited for the oven to heat up.  Once your rise is complete, remove your water pan & risen bread and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Once preheated cook for 30 minutes.  I take it out of the oven and spray the top of the bread – while hot – with room temperature water.  This will soften the top of your loaf (if you like it that way)

The time line overall is the same, but a little more labor intensive.  I consider it worth it because I do not like the shape or size of the loaf in the bread machine.  This makes a larger loaf for me and of course we can always use more bread! 🙂