I have the bread machines on at the moment. I have a Panasonic which was bought from new and a Hinari large loaf maker that I rescued from a car boot for £10. Why do I need bread machines. Well its easier for me when I have a loaf cooking I can make dough for croissants or buns which are then cooked in the oven or make a batch of tea cakes.
I offered to make a loaf of bread for my friend and as we needed one as well I have both machines going like billy oh at the moment. Both machines are different sized loafs with the option of making a small medium or large loaf although both of them have different sized tins the Hinari is long and narrow the Panasonic Square and deep - on this occasion I have opted for both to do a larger loaf. So we will see how we get on.
I pay about £1.68 for a 3lb bag of 00 Waitrose Canadian bread flour which is also good for pasta and Yorkshire Puds. I will get approximately three loaves out of that bag using this recipe with a few other bits and bobs but I am paying about £1.60 in any event for a Warburtons sliced bread loaf. So buying the flour and the other bits works out cheaper in the long run - you just have to plan when you are going to need a loaf putting on.
The Recipe I have used today is: (I have used the large loaf size)
150ml/1/4 pint/2/3rds a cup of water
15ml/1 tablespoon dried milk powder (non fat dried milk)
15ml/1 tablespoon caster superfine sugar
2.5ml/1/2 teaspoon of salt
30ml/2 tablespoon of sunflower oil (I have substituted butter or olive oil when no sunflower in the pantry)
225g/8oz/2 cups strong white bread flour
5ml/1 teaspoon traditiional active dried yeast
275ml/9 fl oz/generous cup water
30ml/2 tablespoon dried milk powder (non fat dry milk)
20ml/1 1/2 tablespoons caster sugar superfine sugar
5ml/1 teaspoon of salt
40ml/2 1/2 tablespoons of sunflower oil
350g/12 oz/3 cups strong white bread flour
7.5ml/1 1/2 teaspoon traditional active dried yeast
375ml/13 fl oz/1 1/2 cups water
60ml/4 tablespoon dried milk powder non fat dried milk
45ml/3 tablespoons caster superfine sugar
7.5ml/1 1/2 teaspoon salt
60ml/4 tablespoon of sunflower oil
450g/1lb/4 cups strong white bread flour
10ml/2 teaspoon traditional active yeast.
I am using the bread machines as I say but you should follow your own manufacturers instructions for your machine. The only thing I do is make sure that the salt is well away from the yeast and sugar when initially mixing in.
That's the recipe I have used for both machines so I will show the results or the disasters (well it has been known) later on.
Catch up soon.
UPDATE: Thought you might like to see the photographs. Both bread loaves have come out well and I am very pleased with them. Have taken the larger of the two over to my friend (who was brassic) - she hasn't had home-made bread for years and she was highly chuffed with it. Needless to say she snaffled a piece whilst it was still warm. There is nothing nicer than the fresh smell of bread. Even OH came down the stairs saying that smells good.
The first three photos show the loaf made in the Panasonic which I put on the dark crust setting and there is a nice crispy crust on the top.
The next two photos show the loaf made in the Hinari
Both bread loaves side by side