Monday, January 21, 2008

The bread machine lives!

Several years ago, Joe bought me a bread machine as a birthday gift. I became slightly obsessed with my new toy and was baking fresh loaves of bread almost every day, until my family begged me to stop because no one could eat anymore bread. Since then, I haven't used my bread machine much - in fact it's probably been a few years since I put it to work. But yesterday I woke up craving warm, fresh-baked bread to go with our dinner. I looked up some recipes online and decided that unfortunately I am not the type of person with the patience to knead bread, let it rise, knead it again, let it rise...nuts to that. So I decided to resurrect my once-beloved bread machine and let it do it's thing. I found this recipe for Light Oat Bread on All Recipes and thought it sounded great. I followed the recipe exactly, except I used whole wheat flour instead of all purpose. The house smelled amazing all afternoon as the bread baked, and it came out great - thick and hearty with a nice whole-grain taste and texture. The bread machine will ride again soon - most likely next weekend! Mmmmm....carbs.

Light Oat Bread

1 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons margarine
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat)
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Add ingredients to bread machine pan in order recommended by your manufacturer. Use regular light setting.


Elly said...

this looks like a great, basic oat bread recipe. i will definitely have to give it a try soon!

Maria said...

Hi Brooke

Your bread looks so yummy. I have a bread machine i got a few years back and i love it, i never buy shop bought bread anymore. You can't beat home-made ;o)


Megan said...

I just reserrected my bread machine and I've been baking up a storm. Tomato herb bread (local flour mill bread mix)tomorrow with my stew. At least the stew is homemade. lol.

Grumpy's Honeybunch said...

I have made this bread also - and love the recipe! Great blog!