Since I won my first breadmaker machine in 1992, I have gone through a number of them and each one has a different quirk for the recipe.
After my Cusineart breadmaker stopped working I decided to go with a simple Black and Decker model (Model BK1015W). Unfortunately the recipe book for this machine was just horrendous, by that I mean almost non-existent. Now, what was I supposed to do? I googled some recipes and tried them out.
That’s when I discovered that my true and trusted recipe from the Cusineart worked great, there was just one hitch. The recipe for the 1.5 pound bread always rose all the way to the top and stuck to the glass on the lid. I could not find out online, if I could make a smaller 1 pound loaf in the machine.
One day I dared to try it and it worked great, no more bread dough stuck to the top of the lid. That’s when I also discovered that by making a smaller loaf when I sliced the bread it got about 8-10 slices instead of the 10 plus. Now hubby and I finish the bread faster and it is always fresh.
This is the recipe I use:
- ¾ cup water
- 1 ½ Tablespoons margarine
- 1 ½ Tablespoons sugar
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups (unbleached) flour *
- 1 teaspoon yeast
- ½ teaspoon vinegar –> acts as a preservative
* I buy different flours from the bulk store: spelt, 12 grain, red fife, whole wheat, dark rye, oat or barley and replace 1/2 cup of the regular flour with one of these. This way each bread is different. I like variety.
- Put the ingredients in the breadmaker pan in the order given
- Basic menu
- I put it on the lightest crust setting which works out to a 3 hours 15 minutes bread.