a rainy day is good for...

everyday bread

cheddar bacon biscuits. pear slices dipped in caramel. knitting. snuggling. and for toast and tea in the afternoon.

After reading about Stefani's journey for a good daily bread, I thought I'd share mine. (my recipe not journey- her journey is much more entertaining.) This is my super basic almost whole wheat everyday bread machine recipe. Now this is not fancy dinner party bread. It's toast in the morning or sandwich in the lunch box bread. Because of this bread we've just about stopped buying grocery store loaves altogether, which I think is a good thing.

Put these ingredients in your bread machine in this order:

  • 1 1/2 C. warm water
  • 1 1/2 T. olive oil
  • 2 T. molasses
  • 3 C. whole wheat flour
  • 1 C. bread flour
  • 1 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 1/2 t. active yeast
  • 4 t. vital wheat gluten

Choose the large, normal loaf setting and push start. 3ish hours later- TADA! Wholesome warm bread. : ) If I need to make this bread to go somewhere, I set the machine on the dough setting, punch it down, knead it a few times and put it into a bread pan to rise again and bake in the oven. No one has to know you used your machine at all...

If you have a bread machine and never use it, before you give it away or sell it at a garage sale, you must discover the magic of the dough setting. It may just change your mind.