Part of my birthday gift from my husband was a bread maker! I've always wanted one! :) I finally got a chance to try it out this afternoon. I always buy whole wheat bread, and 'white' bread is non-existent in our house, but I wanted to start with something 'easy', and so I used the white bread recipe found in the booklet that came with the machine. It turned out SO good!!
My daughters LOVED it! I put a thin layer of Saskatoon Jam on for them (we picked the berries earlier this summer and made homemade jam, mmm) and they each feasted on the fresh bread for their snack before bed. Get this...my daughters NEVER eat their crusts. But this evening one of them said this "I'm going to save my crust for the last part because it's the best!" and "mmmmm I love the crust Mom". My jaw dropped to the floor! So...here is the recipe I used. I'm excited to try many other 'healthier' recipes, but this was a good start!Bread Maker White Bread
2 cups Water (80 - 90 degrees)
4 tbsp Butter or Margarine, cut into pieces
2 1/4 tsp Salt
4 tbsp Dry Milk Powder
1 tbsp Sugar
5 1/2 cups White Flour
1 1/4 tsp Instant Yeast
1. Measure ingredients into bread pan, in the order listed.
2.Insert bread pan securely into unit; close lid.
3. Select "White" setting & appropriate loaf size (3lbs) and desired color (light, medium, dark)
4. Press Start button.
5. Once bread is done, use pot holders to remove the pan from the unit. Carefully remove bread and turn right side up.
6. Allow bread to cool on wire rack until ready to serve (at least 20 minutes)