Introduction: White Bread for the Bread Machine (Updated Pictures!!)
It's been a while since I've had an instructable in the makings, but here's a new one, as of yet I can't find any bread maker recipes on this site, so heres one of my own I am going to share with you today.
Step 1: Ingredients List
Here are the ingredients you will be required to have:
- 1 Cup Warm Water
- 3 Tablespoons white sugar
- 1 - 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 Cups Bread Flour
- 2 and 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
Don't forget to put the bread kneeders in the pan before you start, I made the mistake of getting all the flour in and then realize I had not installed the kneeders, way to go me.
Step 2: Just Add Water...
For a start, run the water out of your tap until its luke warm to the touch, then fill up your measuring cup to 1 cup, pour this into the baking pan.
Step 3: Now the Sugar
Now we want to mix the sugar into the mix, measure out 3 tablespoon of sugar and dump it in slowly from side to side to spread it out in the water, we don't want much of it to dissolve completely however, so don't shake it up or anything..
Step 4: Salt and Vinegar
Now you want to add in 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of salt into the water/sugar mixture. Again like the sugar, spread it around the pan a bit.
Step 5: Add the Cooking Oil
I assume the vegetable oil has something to do with helping the bread come out of the pan easier, although I find it kind of cooks into the crust and gives it a nice flavor when it's fresh out of the machine.
For this we want to add 3 Tablespoons of vegetable oil, although I assume regular olive or canola oil would work.
Step 6: Time for Some Flour
Finally, the work is almost over (pretty easy isn't this?) We still need to add 3 cups of bread flour into the mix to get things happening (You can experiment with whole wheat flour, but I wouldn't advise using all purpose flour unless that is something you really want)
Go ahead and measure out 2 cups and dump it in as slowly as you can side to side (although I know flour likes to just come out in one big plop) try and cover the water with it. Then measure out another cup of bread flour and dump it in on top in the MIDDLE of the pan between the beaters. This will ensure that the next step works successfully.
Step 7: Yeast Time!
Finally, but not least, we need to add the yeast to the top of the pan. For those who don't know, the yeast plays a major role in making the bread rise.
2 and 1/4 teaspoons will be all you need to make the bread rise to the top of the pan. You want to start out by taking your "Tablespoon" measuring spoon or something of similar size and push the bottom of it gently into the middle of the flour inside of the baking pan. Don't push down too far or you'll make the water seep into the flour quicker, and prematurely activate the yeast, you don't want that, as it affects how the bread rises, and whether or not it fills the entire pan or just half of it.
Once you've done this, carefully pour the yeast into the dimple you just made, and there you have it, almost done!
Step 8: Insert and Upload
Now you simply drop the pan into the bread maker, make sure it clicks itself into place, close lid cover, and plug in.
My bread maker defaults to Mode 1 (Basic Bread) and 2.5lb when I plug it in, I simply change the crust color to light and it comes out like you'll see below.
I can't say the same for everyone's breadmaker, but you want to leave it on a Basic bread recipe setting and the loaf size at 2.5lb if it even has that option.
Then push the big power button and away it goes.
Step 9: End Result??
3 hours later, and it's ready to come out!