May 23, 2012

How to Make Your Own Bread Machine Mixes

I love making bread from scratch. I've made our bread for several decades, but nowadays I cheat a bit.

I use my bread machine on the "dough" cycle only; it mixes, kneads, and raises the bread, then beeps and shuts off. Then I take the bread dough out of the machine, knead it, shape it and put it in my bread pan, and raise it again in a warm place for about an hour. When it's ready, I just pop the pan into the oven and bake it. One loaf at a time is enough for the two of us. My breadmaker actually makes a 1-pound loaf, but because I only use the dough cycle I can make a 1.5-pound loaf.

Having the dry ingredients already measured and ready is such a time-saver - just add the liquid ingredients and the yeast - and using my bread machine for the first bit of the work saves my wrists and some additional time. My bread machine is one of my "servant girls".

The real time-saving feature is making half a dozen or more mixes at the same time. I line up several bowls or containers in a row, pull out my recipe, and start measuring the dry ingredients - flour, salt, etc - into the bowls. When finished, I pour the contents of each bowl into a zipper bag. Each bag has a label on it with the ingredients that need to be added when I'm ready to make a loaf.

When the breadmaker beeps, signaling that the dough cycle is finished, I turn the dough out onto the flour-covered counter and knead it. Then it's shaped and put into the greased pan (this Pyrex loaf pan was my mother's), and left to rise in a warm place.

And then, finally, the warm loaf comes out of the oven and we let it cool down for 15 minutes - barely - before we cut into the loaf.

The two recipes I make most of the time are Honey Oat Bread and Italian Herb Bread. I've also used Italian Herb dough to make pizza crust with delicious results.
1.5 lb loaf

Add the dry ingredients to a quart-size zipper bag:
3 cups bread flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup old-fashioned oats

Add a label to the bag that says:

1 cup water
1.5 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 Tbsp honey
1.5 tsp yeast

BAKE: 30 minutes at 350°.


1.5 lb loaf

Add the dry ingredients to a quart-size zipper bag:
3 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1 1/2 sp dried thyme

Transfer contents of the bowl into a zipper bag. Add a label to the bag that says:

1 cup + 2 Tbsp water
1 1/2 Tbsp oil
1 1/2 tsp yeast

BAKE: 30 minutes at 350°.

Help! Do you have a recipe for a good Hawaiian-type bread? I've been looking for years and haven't yet found just the right one. PLEASE leave a comment below if you do!

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  1. Sounds yummy. Had to PIN it.

    1. They are delicious, Deborah. Thank you for the PIN!


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