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 A Bread Machine!

I had been wanting one for some time, because I love bread, I can just never get the rising thing down pat. So..months ago, Tiff had handed down her machine to me! I was so gung-ho, made one loaf (which I still managed to screw up) and back in the pantry it went. I have been determined to make some good bread, so I did my research and found a cookbook that has received rave reviews from bread maker owners all over..The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook

Well after a few days of pouring over every recipe, I have to say I am very pleased! The author believes Gluten is the key to good bread in the machine, which I had never used before. Well, I have to agree! The process is so super easy, just dump in and leave for 3 or so hours and Voila! Delish Bread!

Yesterday I made Peasant Bread. It is a dense bread with a thick & crunchy crust, resembling Italian bread in my opinion. My machine make 1 1/2 lb loaves and I only have 3 slices left! Today I decided to try the dough only setting and made some Pizza dough from the cookbook..Well it was easy and I have two good size doughs, ready for dinner tonight!

Peasant Bread

1 1/8 cup water        2 tbl olive oil

3 1/4 c bread flour        2 tsp gluten          2 tsp sugar         1 1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp yeast

Dump in Bread machine on Dark  Setting on Basic cycle. After 2nd Kneading, turn machine for 30 minutes (to allow for cooling) and then restart entire process again and complete. When done, my model takes 3 hours and 20 minutes, immediately remove from pan and cool on rack..then ENJOY! Yumm!

 

Recipe is taken from Bread Lover bread machine cook by Beth Hensperger

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