Bread Machine Portioned Herbal Breads!

Christmas Giving On My Mind!

These pre-portioned mixes for the bread machine are the eighths item that are ready for the Christmas gift baskets.

(Check out this hub for more details about the Bakers dozen gift baskets. I've also added the links at the bottom of the hub)

http://hubpages.com/hub/Christmas-giving-on-my-mind

I prefer to make bread the old fashioned way from scratch but when I know the family is not coming home for awhile and it's just going to be me it's not worth to make up a full big batch. That's when the bread machine comes in quite handy. All of my friends including my daughters have and use the bread machine.

Some of the recipes that come with the machines are quite good but as usual I decided to tweak them this way and that by adding and taking away and now I think they almost taste as perfect as the ones made from scratch.

The nice thing about using a bread machine and these ready portioned recipes is that you just empty them into the machine, add the fluids, set the timer and then go to bed to wake up to the awesome scents of fresh bread.


Recipe #1 Herbal Bread!

This bread is perfect on it's own or can be used as a garlic bread to go with Spaghetti and a Caesar salad or as the bread for the Bruschetta (see  http://hubpages.com/hub/Homemade-Bruschetta-Spice-Mix ).

Ingredients!

  • 3 3/4 cups flour
  • 2.5 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2.5 teaspoons sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons of salt
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1.5 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2.5 teaspoons dried onion flakes
  • 1.5 teaspoons of dried chives
  • 1.5 teaspoons dried oregano flakes
  • 1.5 teaspoon dried basil flakes
  • 1 teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt)

Mix all ingredients and pour into plastic bags or jars (make sure the jars are totally dry). A label or card need to be included giving the instructions.

Methodology!

Combine in bread machine

  • 9 ounces water
  • 2 ounces milk
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil

Add flour and herb mix, set machine to french bread settings and follow your machines instructions re: time etc.

Enjoy...

Recipe #2 Cranberry, Raisin & Almond Bread!

This is a luxurious loaf that is just perfect when you have a sweet yet not so sweet craving. Spread with  cream cheese it's a meal  when nothing strikes your fancy.

Ingredients!

  • 3 3/4 cups of flour
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 4 tablespoons dry milk powder
  • 2.5 teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sultana raisins
  • 1/2 cup blanched sliced Almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Methodology!

Combine in bread machine

  • 9 ounces water
  • 2 ounces milk
  • 2.5 tablespoons butter or margarine

Add flour, fruit and nut mix, set machine to raisin bread settings and follow your machines instructions re: time etc.

Enjoy...

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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Karen always glad when you pop in for a visit. I love rosemary and have a super duper recipe for it actually. Would you like it? I can send it to you. Let me know.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Karen Ellis 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Hi Zsuzsy,

My favorite is homemade herbal bread. I never got a machine, just because I don't need to eat any extra bread. However, the recipe I use has rosemary in it. You must try adding rosemary - it's wonderful.


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Money Glitch, glad you popped in for a visit and for commenting. regards Zsuzsy


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Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

Hhhmmm, I simply love herbal breads! Thanks for sharing I'm bookmarking this hub for future reference.


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Judydianne, Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

I just had a slice of herbal bread with my morning coffee. yum

regards Zsuzsy


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judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

I love these recipes. Time to get the bread machine going!

Congratulations on being a HubNuggeteer!!!


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

SearchingforCouta, thanks for reading and for commenting. I made a loaf of the herbal bread this morning...wow what a delicious scent it left throughout the house.

Hope you like it too.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


SearchingforCouta 7 years ago

These sound great. I'm going to try the herbal one over the weekend. Thanks--


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

GPage, thanks for taking a look and for commenting. I hope you get a chance to try the recipes out soon.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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GPAGE 7 years ago from California

Sounds yummy! Thanks for the recipes. Best, GPAGE


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Compu-smart glad to see you here as I'm always glad when you drop by for a visit.

Hope you're well

regards Zsuzsy


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compu-smart 7 years ago from London UK

Hey Zsuzsy,

You make it seem so easy and tempting to make them right now! Unfortunetly, I lack quite a few of the ingredients right now and don't have a bread machine!:/


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hi Paradise the cranberry bread is one of my favorite treats. Toasted with a bit of butter...yum

thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

Looks great, another terrific recipe! That cranberry raisin almond bread sounds like a real winner to me.


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Godslittlechild, always glad when you pop by for a visit. If you need more recipes for the bread machine let me know. I have tons.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Artemus so glad you came by for a visit. You're right about one of the benefits of working at home being the great smell of something baking or cooking.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Godslittlechild 7 years ago

Always looking for recipes for my bread machine. I bought it at a yardsale with no directions or anything! These look really good!


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Artemus Gordon 7 years ago

Great recipes! That is one of the best parts of working at home I can start something in my bread machine and enjoy the good smells while I work.


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Laurel, I always make home made bread 6 loaves at a time when I know my kids are coming home because then they each can take a loaf home with them. So when its just me at home alone I just use the bread machine...I wouldn't want to do without.

regards Zsuzsy


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Laurel Oakes 7 years ago

You've added a gift to my wish list, have always made bread in the oven and never really considered a bread machine, thank youhttp://hubpages.com/profile/Laurel+Oakes


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Laura, sorry I misunderstood...I was still half asleep I guess.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Laura du Toit 7 years ago from South Africa

Zsuzsy - I did not mean that you must buy it for your wife - I was addressing your male readers!


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Bob, I love my bread machine and use it weekly. Always glad when you come for a visit.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

I need a bread machine, had one for a few years and miss it. need to try these recipes, thanks.


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Laura, thanks for taking a look and for commenting. I agree with you about the heavenly smell of fresh baked bread.

I have a bread machine too and use it all the time when I'm by myself and don't expect my gang to come home.

Ideal Christmas gift for my wife????????????? (you must have me confused with somebody else)

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Dohn, never tried to make an olive loaf in my bread machine will have to try it. Green or black olives?

Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Laura du Toit 7 years ago from South Africa

Thanks for the new recipes Zsuzy

Nothing beats the smell of bread baking to give a homely feel to a house! Love my bread machine and use it daily- would recommend getting one. Ideal Christmas gift for your wife.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Wow, Zsuzsy Bee. I really enjoyed this. I especially liked the idea of preparing the bread before bed (say that 10 times) and having it be ready by breakfast!

One of my favorites is Calamata Olive Loaf. I just love it with past or served toasted and hot as a chicken sandwich. Thanks so much for a great hub!


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Green Tea-cher thanks for taking a look and for commenting. Hope you have a chance of trying them.

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

drcrischasse, thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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green tea-cher 7 years ago

Thanks! Nice to see some new recipes for the bread machine.


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drcrischasse 7 years ago from NH/Foxboro

All look fabulous!

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