Waking up to the aroma of freshly baked bread is the best counterpoint you would ever have in the morning. Nothing can be more pleasant and nourishing than the smell of home-made bread. But, it is not that easy to prepare your own bread using old methods; it takes quite some time and effort. It needs to keep an eye on the dough the whole time, keeping the perfect temperature of the dough and constantly checking if it got prepared or not.
Another amazing feature these machines provides is the timing of this machine for a fresh loaf of bread waiting for you as you get up in the morning. You now don’t need to worry about preparing bread; you put all the ingredients in the machine and time it for morning.
How to use Breadman bread machine for recipes
First of all, collect your ingredients.
To prepare a basic loaf of bread, you need water, flour, milk powder, yeast, sugar, salt and oil. You also need a measuring cup and a spoon. There is no restriction on what type of flour or oil you use. You can use all ingredients according to your choice. Using whole wheat flour is a bit difficult to use by an inexperienced user so I would not recommend to you it with your bread maker.
For a 1.5 pound loaf of bread, use the following ingredients with the same order as listed.
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of water
2 tablespoons of oil
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tablespoons dry milk powder
1 3/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
After putting all the ingredients in the pan, insert the bread pan into the Breadman bread machine and set it until it clicks down and sit solidly in the machine.
Plug the machine after closing its lid properly. The LED display should light up showing all the default setting currently on.
For now, ignore the advance options, which are not important at this moment.
Now press the select button to get the desired type process. Set it for a 1.5 pound of bread loaf. You can also set the crust darkness from light to medium and to dark.
After setting the machine for baking a 1.5 loaf of bread, press the start button and walk away. After a little over three hours, get back and smell a delicious and very nice loaf of bread.
Note: please push your bread machine back away from the counter while you are baking and mixing, as the machine may bounce and fall on the floor.
After three or little more hours, the machine should beep loudly, indicating that the bread maker is finished and you should remove the bread. Now, carefully remove the pan from the machine. Be careful at this stage, as the bread pan will be very hot, so you should use a pad or gloves to remove it.
Now, take a bowl on the counter and turn the pan upside down over it. The loaf of bread should fall out, but if it didn’t, gently shake the pan.
Let the loaf of bread gets cool down over the lip of bowl for a while. Be careful not to put the hot bread on a flat surface, as it could become soggy on the bottom. So, its advised to put the bread on the lip of a bowl or something like it.
However, it’s up to you whether you want to serve the bread hot or let it cool down.
Enjoy the aroma of freshly-baked bread!!!
Optional Breadman bread machine tips and tricks:
You can have different types of recipes and aromatic experiments with your bread maker. You can mix up different ingredients in the same type of bread loaf or other recipes like banana nut bread, cinnamon raisin bread and others.
A very simple trick is to substitute one cup of flour with some other ingredients like a cup of oatmeal or rye flour. You can also use half cup of whole flour and the other half of rye.
Adding different quantities of raisin, nuts or spices to your bread will get you different flavors and varieties.
Your automatic Breadman bread machine is capable of experimenting various types of recipes with different ingredients. So, don’t worry about using it one way or the other, its normally quite forgiving.
In the beginning, you may need to measure each and everything and may need to add more water in some cases as some ingredients absorb more water than the others. However, with practice you will gradually no need to measure ingredients precisely as you try various recipes with different ingredients.
You may use whole wheat anytime with your Breadman bread machine, but you will need to experiment different amount of water with it. For a new bread machine user, it is best practice to mix while flour with whole wheat, as it may need to add a little more water each time you go for it. Each time you may substitute more white flour until you have a perfect whole wheat bread loaf.
Have fun with your automatic bread machine and enjoy delicious and freshly prepared recipes at home!