Have you finally decided to take the plunge and buy a bread maker? That’s great, it will definitely be a purchase that you won’t regret. Making the bread yourself means that you will know exactly what is going into it in terms of the ingredients – a definite bonus in this day and age when everybody is obsessed with the finer details on what happens during the preparation process of their food.
When it comes to bread, there is definitely a wide variety of choice. Depending on what mood you are in, or even where you are at in the world, you can choose from a wide range of different alternatives. How about a whole grain bread? Rye bread? Pita bread? Even as diverse as a croissant, a pretzel, a bun, rolls, bread sticks, a bagel, there is such a broad spectrum that you should never find yourself without plenty of options.
For use in a bread maker, you may be hesitant as to what to go for when making your first delicious loaf. Should you just play it safe? Well, that’s certainly one option and will have you enjoying homemade bread in no time.
This recipe is extremely straightforward and practically foolproof. It should leave you with bread that is soft on the inside, but with a flaky crust on the outside. This is ideal for if you and your family are fans of sandwiches or toasties.
For this recipe, you will need:
- 225ml of warm water
- 2 tablespoons of caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon of quick yeast
- 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 400g of bread flour
- 1 teaspoon of salt
The method of doing this is simple. Simply place the water, sugar and yeast in the pan of your bread maker and let it dissolve for 10 minutes. After this, you can add the oil, flour and salt. You can then select the setting and press start. This should take about 40 minutes.
Now, we know this isn’t very adventurous and might not leave you feeling satisfied. That’s why we have a suggestion that isn’t boring, yet don’t require a lot in terms of time or research. That comes in the form of banana bread.
This is one of the easiest recipes to follow and gives you the chance to incorporate some fruit that you may have found to be becoming overripe. It is the perfect bread if you want to cut off a slice to have as a snack, or to offer guests and it is also completely vegetarian.
For this recipe, you will need:
- 260g of plain flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 150g of caster sugar
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 2 bananas (peeled and halved)
Once you have all of these ingredients in place, you can then get started. Place them all in the pan of the bread maker, select the dough setting and then set the machine off. Mix it for up to 5 minutes, so that everything is all mixed in together.
After this, use a spatula, smooth the top of the loaf and then set the machine off again with the bake setting selected. Now, it might vary depending on the type of bread maker that you have, but this process should take about 50 minutes to complete. Use a small cocktail stick or other minute object to test whether it has been cooked through – if the stick comes out clean, then it is done. If not, then proceed to bake again for another 10 to 15 minutes.
Once it is all done, allow the bread to sit for around 10 minutes and then remove it to cool completely before serving. You can then enjoy your delectable banana bread, simple as that.
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