I feel like sharing a recipe, so here’s one my maternal grandma came up with for bread in the breadmaker. You can either do the whole thing in the breadmaker or use the dough setting and then bake it yourself in pans or different shapes. Instructions for both. Also, not a long, involved story because no one cares about me romping with my school chums in the fens and the spinneys.
Grandma’s Breadmaker Recipe
- 1 cup water plus 2 tbsp
- 2 tbsp butter
- 3 cups bread flour (trust me, it’s better than all purpose)
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp bread machine yeast
- Add ingredients to bread machine pan in the order printed. (Then put the machine pan in the breadmaker … I assume this is obvious, but … )
- Set for a 1.5 lb loaf, medium or dark crust. I use setting 1 on my Black and Decker for white bread.
- If you want to make other forms (rolls, smaller loaves etc), set it to dough stage. If not, let the breadmaker do all the work.
- If you’re doing it to the dough state, remove dough at end of stage and knead. If the machine did two rises (check your manual), go to step 5. If the machine does only one rise, allow the dough to rise in a bowl for 1.5 hours before continuing to step 5.
- Form dough into rolls, a braid, or set in pan(s). I have small bread pans and can make two small loaves. You do you.
- Allow to rise for 1.5 to 2 hours in a warm area. Not on the “keep warm” burner like I did once, because it cooked the bottom of the dough. Live and learn.
- Bake at 425 F for 15 minutes, then lower temperature to 375 F and continue to bake for 35 minutes.
I like to brush the loaf with melted butter when it’s just out of the oven. Butter crust = life.
Here’s a totally unprofessional photo of what you get (without the butter crust here, because I guess I was lazy).
You can switch up your bread type with different flour. Sometimes I do 2 cups of white bread flour and 1 cup of brown. Sometimes multigrain. This recipe works best with the white bread flour or a mix, it’s a bit denser with all brown or multigrain bread flour.
I’ve never tried to make this without a bread maker. Someone give it a whirl and let me know what happens.
Anyway, there you go. A no bullshit bread recipe just the way grandma likes it.