ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Bread Machine: Every Pioneer's Delight

Updated on August 19, 2015
PAINTDRIPS profile image

As a Baby-Boomer, Denise and millions of others are becoming senior citizens. She explores what it means to be over 60 today.

Hot from the oven

Source

Fresh baked bread

Ok, I like bread as much as the next guy, but the process of mixing, kneading, waiting for it to raise, punching it down and letting it raise again before baking, is just a long cumbersome task. I like the think of myself as a pioneer woman but I hate the wait. The bread machine changes all that.

I love my bread machine. I measure out the ingredients, pop the baking pan into the machine and set the crust (light, medium or dark) and press go. Three hours later I have fresh baked bread that I didn't have to labor over, and for a fraction of the cost of sliced bread from the store. I have the added pleasure of knowing EXACTLY what is in the bread. No preservatives, no artificial anything.

Add to that the feature of the delayed timer, which allows you to put in all the ingredients but let the timer to start the bread while you are out, so that it will smell like fresh bread when you get home, and you have the perfect mixture of pioneer and modern woman.


All kinds of breads

Over time (and a couple moves) I lost my original operating instructions for my bread machine but found that many of the latest books cover just what to do along with the instructions. The recipes are so easy, if you are adventurous you can try a new one every other day. Some call for eggs, some call for applesauce or pumpkin. Some call for spices, and some with unusual specialty seeds and nuts. My favorite by far, is a simple recipe with water, brown sugar, yeast, oil and flour. I tastes great and makes a large lovely loaf.

You have got to get this affordable simple machine. Bread for sandwiches, bread for toast, bread with jam, bread for pizza, bread for dinner, bread for lunch, bread for breakfast. You simply MUST get this product. You'll kick yourself the next time you want fresh bread and have to make it the hard way.

Fresh baked White Bread

4 stars from 2 ratings of Fresh White Bread

My bread painting

I love my bread machine so much I painted an oil painting of the bread!
I love my bread machine so much I painted an oil painting of the bread! | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 packet yeast, fast acting
  • 1 cup water, warm but not scalding
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup sugar, granulated or brown
  • 1/4 cup oil, vegetable
  • 3 cups flour, unbleached
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Put the warm water, yeast, honey and sugar together and wait for 10 minutes until the yeast is fully dissolved.
  2. Add the oil, flour and salt on top of the yeast mixture and put the baking container in the bread machine. Set the bread to basic and the darkness to whatever you desire: light, medium, or dark. The machine does the rest. 3 and a half hours later you have fresh bread!
Source

Sweet Rolls

Roll out and add brown sugar and cinnamon.
Roll out and add brown sugar and cinnamon. | Source
Don't forget the raisins.
Don't forget the raisins. | Source
Source
Source
Let them raise half an hour to an hour.
Let them raise half an hour to an hour. | Source
Rub the tops of the backed rolls with some butter before frosting.
Rub the tops of the backed rolls with some butter before frosting. | Source
Yummy.
Yummy. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 3 hours 30 min
Ready in: 3 hours 45 min
Yields: 12 to 20 slices of bread depending on thickness.

Sweet Rolls

That’s not all you can do with this bread machine. I made sweet rolls by setting the Program Function to none so that the machine mixed the dough and let it raise but didn’t bake. The beeper went off and out came fresh bread dough. For my sweet rolls I used the brown sugar in the above recipe instead of granulated sugar.

I rolled out the dough on my bread board and spread soft margarine over the dough. Then I mixed:

1 Tablespoon flour

½ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon ginger powder

1 cup raisins

I sprinkled this mixture evenly over the dough and rolled it up and began cutting the rolls in one inch sections. Each one was laid cut-side down in a 8 x 14 Pyrex cooking pan. After about 1 hour of letting it raise it was ready. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes till golden brown. Next mix up the frosting and drizzle it over the warm rolls.

Frosting


1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon butter or margarine

¼ teaspoon vanilla

1 to 2 teaspoons milk

Mix till you have a smooth frosting and drizzle over the warm rolls. When the rolls are cooler you can drizzle more if you like a really sweet topping. Ready to eat.

Pizza


Like the recipe for sweet rolls and fresh bread, pizza dough only needs a small change in the main dough recipe. Instead of using brown sugar, I usually use granulated sugar and only half what I would use for the sweet bread.

Ingredients


  • 1 packet yeast, fast acting
  • 1 cup water, warm but not scalding
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 cup sugar, granulated
  • 1/4 cup oil, vegetable
  • 3 cups flour, unbleached
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Dough

Source
Roll out.
Roll out. | Source
Mozzarella sticks.
Mozzarella sticks. | Source

Pizza Happening

Pull crust over Mozzarella.
Pull crust over Mozzarella. | Source
Add oregano and garlic powder.
Add oregano and garlic powder. | Source
Pour on the sauce.
Pour on the sauce. | Source
Spread.
Spread. | Source
Cheese.
Cheese. | Source
Ingredients
Ingredients | Source

Mix same as for sweet rolls, setting the machine to dough only, no cooking. When the machine beeps, take the dough out and roll it out on a baking sheet for the pizza. I like mine to have stuffed crust so I use Mozzarella sticks all around the edges and pull the dough over the cheese.

Pizza Ingredients


  • 4 Mozzarella sticks
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 1 cup Mild Cheddar cheese or grated Mozzarella
  • Parmesan to taste
  • 12 to 14 slices pepperoni or turkey pepperoni
  • ½ chopped white onion
  • 3 chopped small sweet peppers or 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 4 or 5 sliced black olives
  • oregano season to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

Next sprinkle garlic powder and oregano over the dough. Pour on the sauce of your choice. I like to use bottled Ragu Pizza sauce for convenience but you can cook your own sauce to taste. Spread it evenly over the dough and add grated cheese. The cheese is also a matter of personal preference. Some people prefer Mild Cheddar, some Mozzarella or Parmesan. I like Monterey Jack cheese and a little Parmesan.

After the cheese, add the solid ingredients. I prefer turkey pepperoni because it has less fat for my poor clogged arteries. But I also like a vegetarian pizza loaded with vegetables. All a matter of preference. Add as much or as little as you like.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in hot oven, 375 to 400 degrees depending on your altitude and oven.

Yum. Ready to eat.

Fresh from the Oven

Source
Source
Source

Fresh baked comments welcome

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      3 years ago from Fresno CA

      For Thanksgiving 2014, I took my bread machine with me to my in-laws and baked several loaves of bread during the week. It was a great hit with the folks and a tremendous savings on time for me. No need to slave over the bread board to have fresh baked bread. Awesome!!!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)