Bread Machine Baking

The remains of the Purity Flour recipe book I used as teenager, found in Mom’s recipe book cupboard!

I’ve always enjoyed the results of home made bread, and if you’ve followed this blog since the beginning (har har hardee har har) you will have read my Baking Bread post where I tell you all about how I learned to knead bread from a woman who was built like a mound of bread dough.  I am starting to acquire a similar shape despite my best efforts to change my diet and increase my exercise, and wonder if it may have something to do with the body reflecting the things we love – like bread!

In any case, I’ve always been frustrated by not having the perfect place and temperature to raise the bread.  Either too cold or too drafty, and in the oven, too hot.  When I was growing up in Northern New Brunswick (where I learned to make and knead bread), we had a hot air furnace, and I used to stand the bread dough over the hot air register.

Bread machine I picked up for $7.50 at a local charity shop!

I had the experience of using a bread maker when house-sitting for a friend in England, and said if I ever stumbled on one in a second-hand shop I’d give up the sensory pleasure of kneading the bread, punching down the dough, kneading it again and shaping it, and turn over the work (and all that pleasure!) to a machine.

Well, when out looking for bits and bobs for my new apartment, I stumbled on a Sanyo Bread Factory Plus in a charity shop for a mere $15.00.  As I stood there, humming and hawing as to whether or not I should drop a mere pittance on the enormous kitchen appliance, the shop clerk told me it was pink tagged, which meant it was half price, which meant it was $7.50, which was pretty hard to resist.

Of course there was no recipe book or manual with it, so I did a web search and found a basic bread-making-machine  recipe, and made a loaf with stone ground flour.  It was odd shaped and very dense (in my excited haste, didn’t sift the flour!!) and discovered what I thought was a Tablespoon on my set of charity shop measuring spoons was in actual fact half a Tablespoon (isn’t that the same as a teaspoon?) so no wonder the loaf turned out tasting like it did.  Not enough sugar, salt, or fat!

Recipe for Old Fashioned Porridge bread I adapted for the bread machine (and my modern taste preferences.)

I decided to try the old fashioned porridge bread my family loved when I was 14-years old and just learning to make bread, and went over to Mom’s and dug around in her recipe-book cupboard, and voila, there was the Purity Flour recipe book – looking much the worse for wear, but the recipe I wanted was there, so I adjusted the quantities to fit the bread machine (based on the basic recipe I’d found) and produced an amazing loaf of bread.

Third loaf from the bread machine.

Oh it is so easy.

Here’s the recipe in order of the ingredients as they go into  the machine:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 and 1/3 cups boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons fat ( I used oil)
  • 2 tablespoons milk (instead of milk powder, which I don’t keep and don’t intend to buy)
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • Stir with a rubber spatula to dissolve sugar and salt, and help soften the oats.
  • Add:
  • 3 and half cups sifted stone ground whole wheat flour (very important to sift the flour to make a nice, light loaf)
  • make a little well in the centre of the flour (DO NOT MIX INTO THE LIQUID) and add 2 teaspoons active dry yeast into the well (very important that the yeast doesn’t touch the liquid ingredients).
  • Close the lid, and set on the whole wheat bake setting (3 and 1/2 hours).

Check out the results!  Wow!  So easy, and when baked bread sells for between $4.00 and $5.00 a loaf you can bet I’ll be using this machine!

It’s light and moist, and well aerated. I prefer a denser loaf and will be experimenting to create the perfect loaf for my preferences. I’ll keep you posted.  What kind of bread do you like?  Have you ever tried a bread-making machine?  Do you have a favorite recipe you’d like to share?

Life is an amazing journey.

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12 comments on “Bread Machine Baking
  1. I enjoy baking bread also. Thank you for the link to my site.

  2. foxinanapron says:

    We often bake our own bread at home using our bread machine. The best thing about making your own bread is that you don’t add any preservatives.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Looks perfect! And I bet it’s delicious! I love that you found the bread machine in a charity shop. The old recipe books are too charming.

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  6. aitimaarit says:

    Hi Alison! I love my bread machine 🙂 I just follow the recipe book that came with it, but now I will try your excellent hints. I’m adding wheat bran, sesame seeds, rye flour etc.
    Left-over porridge, good idea!
    Greetings from Finland!

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