Bread Maker Bread – The Joys of Homemade Bread

| 9/3/2015 3:43:00 PM

Faithful HomesteaderA few years back my mom bought me a bread maker. It took me awhile before I used it, but once I did, I was hooked. It was so easy to use and the results were too yummy. I love bread, but I am also trying to eat healthier. The beauty of homemade bread is control of the ingredients. The basic recipes that I use only have a few ingredients. I really like that.

I always use organic ingredients so I can feel better about what I am eating. There is a basic recipe I use (included below), but I have experimented with different flours. Instead of using a straight recipe of white or wheat flour, I would mix other flours like rye or oat. If the recipe called for 3 1/4 cups flour, I would maybe add 1/2 to 1 cup of the rye, oat, or whatever other flour.

The bread maker is super convenient, but I don’t like the hole that comes with the bread because of the paddle. In the wintertime, I use the bread maker to knead and do the first rise. Most bread makers have a dough-only setting for this purpose. I then remove it from the bread maker and put it in a bread pan for baking. I let it rise a second time and cook it for 20 to 25 minutes at 350 F. I like that it helps warm up the house. The bread maker is helpful for the kneading and rising when I want to do Challah bread too.

When I make Challah, I start out with the bread machine to mix and knead.

When I make Challah, I start out with the bread machine to mix and knead. After the first rise, I remove it, braid, it, and let it rise again.

I have followed basic recipes for bread that don’t include eggs, but I really think the bread with egg is the tastiest. It is not as dry. I especially like using fresh eggs from our chickens. Whenever I don’t have fresh eggs, I substitute flaxseed. I use 1 tablespoon flaxseeds with 3 tablespoons water. Sometimes it needs to set a few minutes to gel and have more of an egg consistency.