A few months ago, we were having dinner with some friends and the amazing hostess casually mentioned that she made the bread we were eating and uses her bread machine every single day. It was delicious and I was definitely intrigued. I logged that one into the memory banks.
Then….something propelled me to want to make my own bread too! Was it the taste? No, all though it was delish!! Was it the quaintness of it?? Nope.
MOLD. That was the reason.
My daughter was doing a 5th grade science experiment about mold. She put bread into different containers to see how long it would take each one to grow mold. Guess what??? We went 1 week, 2 weeks, and after 3 weeks, there was still NO MOLD!!! This was very concerning to me!! I was disgusted at the notion that the bread I was putting into my family’s bodies were so packed full of preservatives that this bread did not mold for 3 weeks! At a about 4 weeks, it started to mold just a tiny bit.
That brings us back to my friend who makes her own bread. I picked up a West Bend Bread Machine at the goodwill ($5!) and I thought I would give it a try. OH MY!!! I can honestly say that for the last 3 months, I haven’t bought a loaf of bread. I’ve been making all kinds of versions and its been super fun and easy….not to mention that I know every single ingredient in each loaf!
Typically, I make a loaf about every 2 or 3 days. I switch it up between this and wheat bread. It makes amazing grilled cheese sandwiches!! That is, if it lasts that long!! We tend to want to gobble it up right out of the bread machine. Its really that good. Bread and butter baby!
Serves: 1 Loaf
- 1.5 Cups warm water
- 4 TBSP Sugar
- 1 TBSP Salt
- 4 TBSP Olive Oil
- 4 Cups Bread Flour or (1.5 Wheat Flour & 2.5 Bread flour)
- 4 TBSP Vital Wheat Gluten
- 1 TBSP Active Dry Yeast
- Pour 1st 6 ingredients into the bread machine in order (or according to your specific bread machine order instructions). Make a small indentation with 2 fingers in the flour, pour yeast in the indentation.
- Set your bread machine to Basic Setting. Keep the lid open as it starts to knead the bread. Keep an eye on your dough as it comes together. If it comes together and starts looking like dough, you are done. If it is crumbly, add 1 TBSP of water at a time and then wait as it comes together. If it seems to wet and is sticking to the bottom of the bread pan, add 1 TBSP of flour at a time and wait as it comes together.
- Wait for your bread machine to beep! Enjoy with some Kerrygold butter!
Let me know if you try this recipe!! I would love to