Today I just couldn't be bothered to drag the boys out to the bakery, plus it's 45c outside, so I decided to make a loaf of bread to go with tonight's garden salad, chicken skewers and potatoes cooked on the BBQ. I don't profess it to be anything spectacular, but it is homemade and very simple to do. It couldn't be more easier than throwing a few ingredients into the bread maker and walking away to do, well, whatever you like.
- 3 cups of Plain Flour/Bread Flour (000)
- 1 x 7 gram sachet Dried Yeast
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 1/2 tbsp Sugar
- 1 tbsp Butter
- 3/4 cup Water
- 1/2 cup Milk (full fat)
- 1 x Bread Maker
Cut the sachet of yeast open and pour over the bottom of the bread pan.
Sift the flour, sugar, salt and place on top of the yeast, then add the butter.
Measure out the water and milk and pour into the bread pan containing the flour, sugar, salt and butter.
Place the bread pan into the bread maker and set to large loaf, medium colour crust (this is up to you of course, you may like dark or light) and basic bake. This will take 4 hours, consisting of resting to activate the yeast, kneading, more resting, another knead and baking. So just leave the machine to do it's thing while you do whatever you like...prepare dinner, play with the kids, clean the house, go out for a coffee or have a few drinks in the shade outside.
Once done, let it cool on a wire rack to let the steam escape...or you could just rip into it while it's hot with lots of butter.
*note : most bread making machines are different, so make sure to set yours to the appropriate settings for a "basic" loaf of bread.