Making Bread in an Automatic Bread Machine — Photos

This week’s cooking projects from my collection of recipes included yet more pickled eggs, a successful experiment with my lemon squares using my aunt’s shortbread cookie dough as the base, more bran muffins for my mom, and, earlier in the week, plain white bread in my automatic bread machine, to make slices of bread to freeze and keep in the freezer.

A white bread cycle producing the same product using the same ingredients has been default programme and the first baking programme in all my bread machines. However, please check the settings on your bread machine to be certain to choose the white bread setting.

This recipe closely tracks the recipe for plain white bread that came with the first bread machine I purchased in 2001.

An important aspect this recipe is to add the ingredients in the order listed, particularly the water and milk mix first, then the flour, and then the rest, especially if you will be using the delayed baking function. Also, the original source recipe stressed the importance of keeping a certain distance between the salt and the yeast.

Note that in making this recipe for this post, I turned on the bread machine to run right away on the standard white bread cycle that takes three hours; however, many machine models offer a delayed start function, for instance to allow for the preparation of the ingredients the night before, and having the bread ready at a later time the following morning.

Making the bread:

Six ounces of water were measured out in a measuring cup:

Water measured out
Water measured out

Six ounces of milk were measured out, and added directly to the water in the measuring cup:

Milk measured out and mixed with water
Milk measured out and mixed with water

The microwave oven (1200W) was set to one minute:

Microwave oven set to one minute

… and the water and milk mixture was warmed up in the microwave oven:

Water and milk mixture warmed up in microwave oven

The warmed up water and milk mixture was transferred to the (cleaned) bread machine basket:

Water and milk mixture transferred to the bread machine basket
Water and milk mixture transferred to the bread machine basket

Four cups of flour were measured out:

Flour measured out

… and the flour was transferred to the bread machine basket, fully covering the water and milk mixture:

Flour transferred to the bread machine basket
Flour transferred to the bread machine basket

Four tablespoons of sugar were measured out:

Sugar measured out

… and the sugar was transferred to the bread machine basket, on top of the other ingredients:

Sugar transferred to the bread machine basket
Sugar transferred to the bread machine basket

A teaspoon and a half of salt were measured out:

Salt measured out

… and the salt was transferred to the bread machine basket with the other ingredients:

Salt transferred to the bread machine basket
Salt transferred to the bread machine basket

Margarine was taken out, and two dollops of margarine were spooned out of the container:

Margarine spooned out of the container:

The margarine was transferred to the bread machine basket with the other ingredients:

Margarine transferred to the bread machine basket
Margarine transferred to the bread machine basket

Three quarters of a teaspoon of bread machine yeast was measured out …

Bread machine yeast measured out

… and the bread machine yeast was transferred to the the bread machine basket:

Bread machine yeast transferred to the the bread machine basket
Bread machine yeast transferred to the the bread machine basket

At this point, all the ingredients were in the bread machine basket, and the bread machine basket was placed in the bread machine:

Bread machine basket placed in the bread machine

The white bread setting was chosen (programme #1 on my bread machine), and for a two pound loaf; the programme was started, without delay:

White bread setting chosen, for a two pound loaf, and the programme started

The lid was shut, and the bread machine was allowed to do its work.

Three hours later, the bread was ready …

End of baking cycle on the bread machine
Baked bread in the bread machine

The baked bread was gingerly shaken out of the bread machine basket:

Baked bread gingerly shaken out of the bread machine basket
Baked bread on its side, taken out of the bread machine basket (the tear in the base is from the bread machine kneading paddle)

The baked bread loaf was placed upright on a trivet to allow it to cool:

Bread cooling on a trivet

A baking tray was taken out:

Tray taken out

Once the bread had cooled, I began slicing the loaf of bread …

Slicing cooled loaf of bread

… using a bread slicer with a guide, to allow for consistent slices of bread:

Bread sliced with a bread slicer with a guide
Partly sliced loaf of bread

The bread slices were placed on the baking tray:

Bread slices on tray

A sheet of plastic wrap was placed on top of the layer of sliced bread:

Plastic wrap placed on top of bread slices

The loaf was fully sliced, and the bread slices alternated with plastic wrap:

Alternating layers of bread slices and plastic wrap

The tray of bread slices was placed in the freezer:

Tray of sliced bread placed in the freezer

The crumbs created from the slicing were placed into a container with other bread crumbs and dried bread pieces, for future use in other recipes:

Bread crumbs placed in a container for future use

… and when the bread was frozen, I placed the bread slices in freezer bags:

Frozen bread slices in freezer bags

The bags of bread slices were placed back in the freezer to have for when I want to make sandwiches and the like.

Yummy!

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