Funny story about the day I baked this bread. My friend Elaine has a new podcast to help bloggers called Dishing with Delishes! It is very informative and the day I baked this bread I was listening to her podcast with Casey Markee, from MediaWyse, a very well known SEO expert! He was so interesting (and I forgot to set the oven timer), that I nearly burned my brioche! I ran in at the very last minute! Tragedy narrowly averted! If you are a blogger, you really should check out this podcast! Just remember to set the timer!! 🙂
Using a bread machine to mix up my dough, knead it and let it riseis my favorite. I set it on the dough cycle and when it’s done, I just place loaves in bread pans, cover them and let them rise one more time in a warm place. I hate the shape of the bread that my machine makes and I also hate that 2 pieces on the end have a huge whole in the middle from the paddle. Once the dough has risen again, brush them with a bit of melted butter and bake in the oven. They come out the way bread is supposed to look!
Do you have bread maker? Here is a link for the one I have. It has lasted me over 20 years and I use it often! Even in the summer I make pizza dough and cook the pizza on the grill so I don’t have to heat up the house! It is a bit bulky but saves so much effort, it is worth losing the space on the counter!
Enjoy! And have fun cooking!
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My bread machine is one of my favorite kitchen tools! It makes it so easy to make delicious bread at home!
- 1 1/2 cups warm milk
- 3 tbsp melted butter
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 cups flour
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
Warm milk to between 105-115°F. Place ingredients in the bread maker in the order given.
Turn bread maker on dough only mode.
Use no stick spray or butter to grease 2 bread pans.
When dough has risen in bread machine, remove it onto a floured cutting board. Knead dough to remove all of the air. Cut the dough in half. Form each into loaf shapes. Place in prepared pans, seam side down.
Turn oven on low and set breads near the vent to rise again. Usually about 30 minutes. Until dough almost reaches the top of the bread pans.
If you want a crispy crust, brush the top of the loaves with cold water. For a softer crust, brush the top with melted butter or a bit of oil.
Increase oven temperature to 400°F. Bake for about 30 minutes, until golden. Internal temperature should be 200°F. You can also rap the top of the bread with your knuckle, if it sounds hollow, it is done.