You can make soft and yummy bread in your bread machine without using expensive bread flour. Here’s how to get great structure and volume in your loaf using plain ole simple flour.
When I first got a bread machine, years ago, the instructions recommended bread flour for better structure and volume. Of course, as things usually go, I found that bread flour was significantly more expensive to buy, especially for the amount of bread I make. A 5 lb. bag of all purpose flour today is $1.79. The more expensive bread flour is $2.79. I decided to pinch pennies, and experiment with the cheaper flour until I found a recipe my family raves about. So, over the years, and 3 bread machines later, I thought I would write the tips I continue to use that makes delicious homemade breads with plain old flour.
Soft and yummy white bread recipe for breadmaker:
Please note this is for a 2 lb. loaf, so make sure your breadmaker can handle that size recipe.
Add ingredients in the order listed. Doing so will help the yeast work properly:
- 1 1/2 cups warm water (about 100-110 degrees Fahrenheit – if you get it too hot or too cold, the yeast will not work properly. A thermometer is best, but if you don’t have one, make the water only slightly on the hot side of lukewarm, and be sure it is NOT so HOT it is scalding.)
- 1 pkg. yeast, (or if you use bulk yeast, like I do, I use 2 1/2 tsp. (just 1/4 tsp. more than one pkg.)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp. honey (if I’m out of honey, I skip it, though I prefer to add it if I have it)
- 2 Tbsp. shortening
Let this yeast mixture stand until it has foamed (about 3-5 minutes.)
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- 4 C. flour (you may need to add more later, but for now put in 4 cups.) *added note: I put in 4 1/2 cups. Once you’ve made this recipe a couple times, you can determine better how much works best with your bread machine.
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt (make sure and add on top of flour – do not let it touch the yeast until you start the bread machine mixing.)
Now, go ahead and set your bread machine for a 2 lb. white loaf. I put my setting on “light crust.” Your bread machine may bake slightly different than mine, so you may have to experiment with crust settings, since the darker you set the crust, the longer your bread bakes. For me, “light crust” works perfect.
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