Saturday, December 16, 2006

bread success!

Well, my bread machine failed me today. The loaf of bread it produced was shaped like a bowling ball and just as dense. Not so much toothsome as toothbreaking! I think the machine waaay over kneaded the dough so it didn't rise much.

I was so disappointed with the outcome that I went online and found a recipe for Crusty White Bread and started another loaf right away. I used my Kitchenaid stand mixer instead of the bread machine to do the dough. After rising and being baked,the bread turned out perfectly:

finished bread
The recipe I used was pretty good- the bread is nice and crusty with a soft interior. It's quite tasty, too (some white bread recipes are sooooo bland!). We'll see if the loaf makes it to the morning so I can find out how it tastes the next day. If it's still good, I might end up making a couple of loaves every week for sandwiches and such.


PutYourFlareOn said...

Looks perfect! Ill have to try this recipe out! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

This is the bread recipe you need.

Or google "No-Knead Bread." That's right - no kneading - and it makes the most glorious crusty load of bread. It's a revolution!

Anonymous said...

I am about to share my never fail secret for bread machine bread. OK, I have 2 of them.

1. Use SAF Instant Yeast. I get it at Williams Sonoma and a package lasts me quite awhile. It has never failed me. Make sure to check the expiration date first.

2. I never bake it in the machine. I just use the dough cycle and then take it out and do the 2nd rising in a loaf pan and bake it in the oven. It comes out much better that way.

And I have the absolute cheapest bread machine they sell at Wal-Mart. I use it weekly. I hardly ever use the Kitchen-Aid