This carefully adapted bread machine recipe makes a superb, wonderfully light and open-textured French style loaf, but smaller than most - ideal for one or two people. This recipe is also much lower calorie and lower fat than most and is sugar-free, lactose-free and egg-free. The small size is perfect if, like me, you live alone and adore fresh baked bread but find most bread machine loaves are just too big unless you eat nothing but bread all day or you don't mind it a bit stale / defrosted. This is my favourite loaf and I make it a lot. A couple of things I've learned from the various modifications I've experimented with are: Don't use water COLD and straight from the tap if possible - do let it warm up to room temperature before using for this loaf. French loaves are made differently to other breads and this is quite important. I used to use filtered tap water, but found that any cheap bottled spring water makes sufficient improvements in taste that its worth using if you have it to hand. I almost always add Vitamin C Powder (you get it from Pharmacy) as it is a recognised major flour improver and additionally helps the bread keep fresh for longer. Original recipe called for 15g butter but I 've found this is vastly excessive unless you care for the buttery richness. I do in my scones and shortbread - not in my white bread. Have personally found that 9g of (firm) baking margarine gives wonderful taste and texture. Commercially, vegetable oil is used for French bread and I like it just fine with oil - at least for health purposes - it becomes more savoury too. 1/2 a tablespoon is plenty. If you are looking for a small, exceedingly healthy white loaf with wonderfully light and moist texture then do give this a run - I'm sure you'll be delighted!