Is there anyone who doesn’t love coming home to the smell of homemade bread baking? Better yet, the taste of a fresh, hot loaf of bread? It just draws you in and says, “home”. I know whether I bake bread in the oven or in a machine, the smell sends my family straight to the kitchen!
Until a year or so ago, I had never really eaten bread made in a machine. I tried two different breadmakers before getting the one I use now. A friend gave me one that she never used and then a second one I purchased at a yard sale. I had terrible results with both those. Sometimes it was under baked and sometimes it was flat. My results were never predictable and I had no rhyme or reason as to what was going wrong with the bread. My sister had one of the cheapest machines available that she’d purchased online from Walmart. We had the same recipe and mine would be inedible and hers was SO fabulously soft and delicious that my family would scarf down the entire loaf within minutes! I had to make this work!
While my sister and I were shopping together last November, I found an Oster Expressbake Breadmaker at Bed Bath & Beyond that was a great deal, plus my 20% off coupon. I think I ended up paying around $64 for it. Now, my bread turns out perfectly every time! I have also used the delayed timer setting which is perfect to have a hot loaf waiting at the end of a long day out. This recipe turns out an incredibly soft loaf that is a fabulous sandwich bread. Needless to say, I have one happy family!
- 1 cup warm water
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast
Set machine according to manufacturer’s directions. (I used 2 pound loaf, medium crust, basic cycle).
Layer ingredients in the order given.
My machine has bread ready in 3 hours and 25 minutes.