I recently learned how easy it is to make bread in a bread machine and haven't bought bread since!
Making bread is simple and makes my apartment smell amazing. As a routine, making my own bread is great except in the middle of the week, measuring out all the ingredients is just a bit cumbersome. I decided to pre-measure all the ingredients and put them away in mason jars. Now, starting a loaf of bread takes all of 2 minutes and then the machine takes care of the rest.
Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
There's a grocery store near me, Rainbow Grocery, that carries most of these ingredients in their bulk food section. I have small mason jars for each and just refill them when their supplies are low.
2 1/8 cups (10 oz) whole wheat bread flour*
2 tablespoons soy flour
2 tablespoons triticale flour**
1 tablespoon oats
2 tablespoons toasted bran
1 tablespoon cracked wheat cereal
1 teaspoon millet flour
1 teaspoon flax seeds
1 teaspoon cornmeal
1 tablespoon dry milk
1 teaspoon salt
The ingredients below should be added to the machine, not the mason jar:
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon molasses
1 cup (8 fl. Oz.) water
1 teaspoon dry yeast
* If whole wheat bread flour isn't available, try this instead:
1 1/8 cups (5 ¼ oz.) whole wheat flour
1 cup (4 7/10 oz.) bread flour
**You can substitute one tablespoon all purpose and one tablespoon rye if triticale isn't available
Step 2: Measure Out Your Ingredients
I use a simple kitchen scale to measure out my flour and then drop in the teaspoons and tablespoons of the other ingredients. Make sure to zero out the scale, especially if you add a funnel like I did here.
Step 3: Label Your Jar
Put a note on the mason jar with the other ingredients you want to include. I made several jars at once and just reference the one label.
Step 4: Add the Mix and Your Liquid and Perishable Ingredients
Pour the dry ingredients into the bread machine.
Add the last few ingredients that aren't shelf stable (butter, molasses, water, and the dry yeast in the yeast dispenser) and start the machine.
Step 5: Take the Bread Out and Enjoy!
My bread machine takes four hours to make delicious, homemade bread. Wait the 4 hours for your home to smell delicious and then enjoy!