My husband is obsessed with fresh bread. I grew up pulling slices of bread out of the freezer and toasting them. I do have an appreciation for fresh bread now! Having a bread machine is wonderful- this is one of the standard breads that we make. This recipe is from King Arthur Flour, I modified it (simplified it!) to make it in a bread machine. The bread has a golden crust, and a soft, sliceable texture. It’s great for French toast too.
- 3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour (1/2 amount can be substituted with whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour)
- 1/2 cup milk (skim, 1%, 2% or whole, your choice)
- 1/2 to 2/3 cup hot water, enough to make a soft, smooth dough
- 4 T melted butter or vegetable oil (or applesauce)
- 2 T sugar
- 1 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 packet active dry yeast dissolved in 1 T warm water OR 2 tsp instant yeast
Bread Machine Method:
- Place wet ingredients and salt in the bottom of the pan of your machine. Top with flours and sugar. Make a well in the center of the flour and add yeast.
- About 10 minutes before the end of the second kneading cycle, check dough and adjust its consistency as necessary with additional flour or water; finished dough should be soft and supple.
- Complete baking in machine.