Good evening! I’m going to apologize in advance because I know a lot of people don’t have a bread machine. I use mine a lot. I make dough in it frequently, which you take out before baking and shape my loaves or rolls, do the second rising, and bake in the oven. Today I just needed to make a quick loaf for sandwiches, so the machine does all the work. Also, the price of bread machines is low right now. So I recommend that be your next kitchen gadget. Mine is a 2lb loaf Sunbeam, and I just love it.
One of the funny things about the bread machine, and the recipes you find for it, is the “recommended order of ingredients.” Each machine is a bit different, but I have always been very careful to follow the order for my machine. My results for fully baked machine loaves had been kind of hit or miss.
Now, I never have a problem changing what ingredients I put in there, but I have never fooled with the order. Until today. I guess it is just my OCD telling me to follow it exactly, but this time I threw caution to the wind and changed the order! Whew!
My machine calls for keeping the yeast separate from any wet ingredients by making a little well in the flour at the top and pouring the yeast packet in there. But many regular bread recipes have you put the warm water, any sugar, and the yeast together first and let it dissolve and foam for about 10 minutes. So I did! Then I added the rest, topping it off with the flour and salt.
It was perfect! Beautifully shaped, risen, and browned, light and perfectly textured, and … oh yes. Dee-damn-lish! I will never follow the recommended order again, at least not for a baked loaf of sandwich bread.
So, let me convince you to jump to Amazon right now and order yourself a Sunbeam Bread Machine!
Pour 1C warm water in the pan. Add 2T granulated sugar and then sprinkle 1 pkg active rapid rise yeast over the surface. Let it dissolve and get all foamy for about 10 minutes. Pour in 1/4C vegetable oil, 3C bread flour, and 1t salt over the yeast. That’s it! Put the pan in the machine, select Basic White Bread, hit start, and Boom! You’re off! In 3 hours, without any more work on your part, you will have a perfect loaf of bread. Great for toast, sandwiches, or to serve up with dinner, and that homemade quality and taste you just can’t get any other way!
I can’t recommend getting a bread machine enough. I’ve owned a few over the years, and the Sunbeam is my favorite. Once your bread and rolls all become homemade, you won’t know how you lived without one. For those of you who have one, well, you know what I mean!
Love, Grammy ❤