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2-3 quart mixing bowl
2-cup measuring utensil
Measuring cups, from .-cup size on up to 1-cup
Whisk or fork
Butter, oil or no-stick spray to coat bread pan
1 cup water, warmed to between 105 to 110 degrees (Fahrenheit)1/3 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1/3 cup sugar, honey or maple syrup
3 ½ – 3 ¾ cups all-purpose or bread Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt (I recommend Himalayan pink salt)3 tablespoons of melted butter or oil
If necessary (typically during the winter months),
use hot tap water to heat your measuring utensil
and bread machine canister before preparing your
bread dough. This usually takes just a few minutes
once the hot water is placed in the utensil. Once
you’re ready to use them, pour the water out.
Place 1 cup of hot tap water in 2-cup measuring
utensil. Add the milk and sweetener of your choice.
If you’re using refrigerated milk and sweetener, it
will significantly cool your water. Use a digital thermometer
to test the mixture’s temperature. If it’s too
cold, it can be heated to the proper temperature. If
it’s too warm, allow it to sit at room temperature until
it reaches the 105-110 degree temperature range. If
too cold, you can heat it (microwave or stovetop) to
Once the mixture temperature is in the appropriate
range, dissolve the yeast in it, by stirring thoroughly.
Allow the yeast mixture to rest for 3-5 minutes. It
will form a foamy “head” to indicate that the yeast is
While you’re waiting for the yeast, mix your dry
ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, measure flour
and salt. Blend the ingredients well.
If using butter, melt it just till it’s soft enough to
easily blend into the bread dough.
Pour out the warm water in your bread machine
canister (if you warmed it). Carefully pour the yeast
mixture into the canister, using a spatula to clear the
measuring utensil. Slowly add the flour mixture. Pour
the oil or melted butter on top of the flour. Select your
machine settings and start the mixing/kneading process.
Once the initial kneading/mixing is complete,
allow the dough to rest in the bread machine pan until
the second kneading cycle is completed.
Before the second cycle completes, prepare your
bread pan. If necessary, warm the pan before coating it
(spraying with non-stick product, insert parchment, etc.).
After the second kneading cycle is done, gently
place the dough into the coated bread pan, cover it
and place it in a warm area (I use my oven, which I
heat to near 80 degrees). It will take 30-45 minutes
for the dough to raise.
Once the dough is raised, place it in a pre-heated
350-degree (Fahrenheit) oven. Bake it for 30-45 minutes
until the crust is nicely browned. Remove from
the oven and immediately place on a cooling rack.
Try to give it some time to cool before you cut any
slices! Once it’s thoroughly cooled, store the bread either
in a plastic bag or bread-keeper. In summer, homemade
bread quickly spoils and should be refrigerated
or frozen once it’s cooled.