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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-04-09 07:01 PM
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21. For those who think making bread is hard, get a bread machine
Look at thrift shops or on Craigslist for used ones. They are easy to operate and make OK bread if baked in the machine. For better bread, use the dough setting and let the machine mix and handle the first rising of the dough. Then take the dough out, shape it and let it rise an hour, then bake in the oven.

When you first start out, stick with simple recipes - King Arthur Flour has some great recipes on their web site: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes2008 / Something like their Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread (http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/100-whole-wheat-... ) or Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Bread (http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/old-fashioned-oa... ) would be good to start with.

Usually I substitute honey for most sweetners, canola oil for fats, and generally leave out the dry milk in the recipes. The most essential ingredients are fresh yeast, flour, salt (do not leave out, it will change the texture), a sweetner, and water (or a liquid). Everything else is embellishment.

I used to make all our bread from scratch with nothing but a large bowl, a spoon and my hands. After my shoulder injury fifteen years ago, I stopped but when I found a bread machine a few years ago at a thrift store for $10, I started back making bread. For just two of us, a 1.5 pound loaf lasts nearly a week and store bought bread is no where near as good as even my mediocre efforts.
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