Bread Machine Bread (3 Variations)

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A lifetime ago, my mom brought home a beautiful bread maker that she probably used 5 times then stashed into the cupboard for over 10 years. The end.

Okay, not the end yet. I’d like to say (and appear like) I rescued the poor abandoned piece of equipment but truth be told, I am guilty of ignoring the machine for the entire 4 years it lived in my house. Sigh. Sorry. I redeemed myself not 2 months ago when I decided I should take it out once and for all to see if this piece of antique still works. I like baking bread by hand, kneading and all but these days when time is not on my side, I like to know that I can still have homemade yeasty loaves without worrying about the time investment!

I scoured the net for a decent recipe (the bread maker hype had come and gone over a decade ago so I figured someone out there would have designed a recipe that would produce true fluffy bread instead of the hard brick we used to always produce from the machine). And hey, there is a super highly rated recipe for nice fluffy sandwich bread using a bread maker! I was never sure why the bread machine recipe always calls for separating the yeast from the liquids until the last moment. That’s not how yeast works. What a counter-intuitive recipe!

After trying this NEW (might I add brilliantrecipe in a handful of ways, I’m glad to confirm this one truly work. I’m pretty sure the 2169 reviews on the recipe would convince you anyway. 🙂

This is the step that changed everything. Letting the yeast bloom in warm sugary water. Even then, it was only 2 tablespoons of sugar in the 1.5lb loaf. Not that much at all.
Bread Machine Bread 1

Bad lighting but I love watching the kneader doing its thing. *wroom wroom wroom*
Bread Machine Bread 2

I put everything into the machine at about 10pm and left it to do its thang. This was 8.30am the next morning. Yes, it cooled down perfectly ready for breakfast!
Bread Machine Bread 3

My machine produced a pretty tall loaf too!
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Studded with dried cranberries.
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Look at the texture & crust.
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Can you resist?
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Pillowy bread without the work!
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Best bread I every made.
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  Of course I needed to mess with what’s already done well. Heh. I added some matcha powder into the next batch with a touch more water to balance out the texture and zing!
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 Because the matcha powder I used was quite light, I used quite an amount to retain this jade green colour.
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This recipe can really stand up to modifications.
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Next train of thought: if the recipe handled additional flavoured powder that well, I bet I can turn this into chocolate. I’d turn everything into chocolate if I could.

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Adding in melted chocolate seems too risky so I just sprinkled in enough cocoa powder & sugar to make it smell amazing.
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STILL FLUFFY & SOFT!! A little denser & shorter loaf but don’t tell me those air pockets aren’t enticing.
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 Thing is, the sugar I added in countered the bitter cocoa so it wasn’t really that sweet. That calls for more richness & sweetness in the form of butter & berry jam!
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Bread makers, I hope, would shed off the stigma of being useless household appliances. These machines need to make a glorious comeback. And I hope this post contributes to it’s foreseeable uprising. Kudos to the brilliant recipe writer!

For more tips on how to use your bread maker if you have one, check out this article by King Arthur Flour.

If you don’t feel like measuring out flours etc, you can get a variety of Bread Maker Flour Mixes here. This one by Bob’s Red Mill is pretty great.

Looking to purchase some bread makers? Here are some suggestions:

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Bread Machine Bread (3 Variations)
 
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Serves: 12 slices
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Warm Water (110 F / 45 C)
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2¼ tsp Instant Yeast
  • ¼ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3 cups Bread Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon Powder (optional)
  • ¼ cup Dried Cranberries (optional)
Steps
  1. Place the water, sugar and yeast in the pan of the bread machine.
  2. Let the yeast dissolve and foam for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the oil, flour and salt to the yeast.
  4. Select Basic or White Bread setting, and press Start.
  5. (optional) 20 minutes in, toss in cranberries.
Notes
Matcha Bread
Add extra 2 tbsp Water + extra 3 tbsp Sugar to yeast to bloom. Sprinkle in 3 tbsp Matcha Powder into liquid before adding flour. Use Sweet Bread Setting due to extra sugar in recipe. Bake as usual.

Cocoa Bread
Follow above but swap Matcha Powder with Cocoa Powder. I added in ¼ cup chocolate chips too early in the cycle and the warmth melted the chips into the dough resulting in the dark loaf above. If you want a lighter loaf with suspended whole chips in the bread, add chips 20 mins into cycle.

*Substitutions
Sugar: Brown Sugar, Red Sugar
Flour: All-Purpose, High-Protein, mixture of Whole Wheat with White Flour
Liquid: Milk (not tested but you can try)

*Additions (to be added 20 minutes into cycle)
Chocolate Chips, Dried Fruit, Spices, Sprinkling of Grated Cheese

Recipe adapted from SheCooks2

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