I've always made the bread on the dough cycle and baked it in the oven. We have never liked it as much when I let it bake in the machine. I let this bread go all the way in the machine and it is SUPER!!! No more heating the oven! This has a wonderful texture and an even better taste! This is my bread recipe from now on. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Charlene!
I'm relatively new to the bread machine (althought not new to bread-making)and I've had my share of disappointments. I thought the taste and texture of this bread was excellent, but I had to add three tablespoons more flour due to the fact that I live in the humid Pacific Northwest. My flour absorbs a lot of moisure from the air. I've gotten into the habit of feeling the dough and, since I'm used to making bread by hand, I know how it should feel. But if you're new to baking bread and your bread rises but collapses when it starts to bake, you probably need more flour. The problem is not the yeast if the bread is rising. So add at least two more tablespoons of flour. The dough should be sticky but not stick to your fingers or the pan. It just takes a little experience. The other thing I do is heat the water in the microwave with the butter for about a minute because I keep my butter in the freezer. Once the butter has melted, I add the milk powder, salt and sugar and dissolve these too. THEN I put this mixture in the machine and add the flour and proceed from there. Hope this helps some new bread makers. I don't recommend you substitute oil for the butter. You're only using 1 1/2 tablespoons divided among a dozen or so slices. And the taste is soooo much better with butter.
This bread is exactly what I would call home made white bread. Texture, size and flavor were perfect. The only change I made was to use vegetable oil instead of butter in the machine (just my preference). I used butter on the top when it was done. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
I made this last night primarily as a joke for my husband. He had requested home-made "White Bread" for a change. When I saw the title of this recipe I just couldn't resist...lol. We had Belgian Waffles (behind schedule) for supper last night so when the bread was finished, everyone was too full to cut the loaf, but it was a nice looking loaf. Normally I have to watch my bread maker through the initial mixing and kneading stage to add additional liquid or flour, but as I stood there watching I found I didn't have to add either...now that is rare! According to my humidor, humidity was 67% which is starting to get into the uncomfortable zone (even with the central air on). This morning when I got up, my family was already slicing the bread. Everyone told me, "This is great!" I tried a slice untoasted and a second, toasted. It was great (for white bread) both ways. It has a nice even texture and raised beautifully. Since I'm not a salt lover, I personally thought it tasted a little too salty and may reduce the salt to a teaspoon next time. Thanks for sharing this recipe Charlene.
This is a wonderful recipe. Made the house smell so good. Thanks for sharing it. Will make it again.
just tried in my bread maker Easy and good Ozarkannie
I found this bread good, great texture, but I think next time I will increase the amount of yeast to 1 packet cos, 1 and a half teaspoon of yeast was not quite enough. It was not really very fluffy, slightly dense. I substituted the milk powder for 1 cup of milk and omitted the water, that could be why. But I just didn't have any milk powder at home. But this bread was still worth a try, and it looked great braided. It was my first attempt at making bread. :)
I have an ABM and have had very little success as far as flavor goes, it always seems to be a bit off, but this was good- I was pleasantly surprised. Now if I can figure how to make a 2 pound loaf with this recipe I would be in buiness!
Made this for Thanksgiving. Everyone loved it. It got totally eaten up.
This is an amazing bread recipe. We woke up to frsh homemade bread, and my hubby was thrilled. It was wonderful to eat, and the whole loaf was gone at the end of the day. Thanks for a bread I will use over and over!