Return of the Bread Maker…..

16 July 2013 in Baking, Easy to prepare, Economical

Hands up those of you who haven’t used your bread machines in a long, long time?

Raise your arm if you threw in the towel after yet another loaf of dense bread,so heavy you could use it as a door-stop?

I can answer yes to all-of-the-above, which is appalling considering my friend Kerry lugged my machine all the way from England for me (they were much cheaper over there, back in the day). Mine has been languishing in a cupboard in my laundry…….until we went for lunch with our friends Micheal and Pieter. Micheal served a lovely crusty bread with his homemade roasted tomato soup. If it hadn’t been for the shape I would have been convinced it had been baked in the oven!

Needless to say, I left their place clutching the recipe and the very next day I dusted off my machine and made a loaf – sadly, it wasn’t anything like his :(

It transpired I was using the wrong flour (duh) and he forgot to mention that he didn’t use the milk powder! The next attempt was perfect and I’ve made it 3 times since. Fluffy and light with a smashing crust, it’s the best bread I have ever made in my bread maker!


Hint – I like to use Spray & Cook on the paddle in the container to make removal of the bread easier.

Put the following ingredients into the bread maker in this order:

2 tsp dried instant yeast

350g white bread flour – sifted

1 tsp sugar

1 TBSP soft tub margarine

1 tsp salt

2 TBSP sesame seeds

125ml plain yogurt

150ml warm water

I set my machine to dark crust and the basic programme of 3 hours.

When your machine indicates the bread is ready remove and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Using oven gloves to hold the container remove and place on a rack to cool, if you leave the bread in the container you won’t get such a good crust.

 Nothing nicer than fresh bread and real butter!

22 responses to Return of the Bread Maker…..

  1. Look really delicious and very more-ish. My sister has a bread maker, so I’ll pass on your recipe to her. :)

  2. Flee said on 16 July 2013

    HHmmmmm, I inherited one from the MIL, and have never thought of actually using it… HHHmm Ya, maybe dust it off and give this a bash??

    • Hahaha! I’ve been making it on the Weekends putting it on about 9am and then you have lovely fresh bread for lunch. If you try it, do let me what you think Flee.

  3. Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread that is just begging to be sliced and drenched in butter. Mmmm… :)

  4. i love bread and more so the fresh out the oven variety and this looks divine–my sister has a machine–so i will have to give it a bash in her machine

  5. My hand is up – think i need to dust my machine! :-)

  6. *sighs* No bread machine here … *adds to wish list*

  7. I love homemade bread but sadly I don’t have a breadmaker! This bread looks delicious, Sue!

  8. YIKES…..grabs recipe and heads to daughters house…I can never buy a breadmaker. My body will kill me. I would make a loaf every single day and eat it too….with lots of real butter…..and maybe some apricot jam sometimes…with cheese….and maybe other days honey….with cheese…get where I am going here? *gulps green juice frantically*

    • Not the green juice?! *shudders* :) I have taken to using the timer so the bread is ready first thing, so good!

  9. Inge said on 17 July 2013

    I think I need to invest in a bread making machine – That bread looks absolutely fabulous Sue. Bread is the downfall in my eating habits and the number one reason for my “hips don’t lie” ;)

    • I’m afraid it is also my favourite carb, I can go without potatoes, pasta and rice, but not bread!

  10. Not fair! I don’t have a bread maker! I am officially going to sit in the corner and sulk. When I get over my moment, I will forward this recipe to my aunt and cousin who do have break makers.
    Have an awesome evening See.
    :-) Mandy xo

  11. How are you doing?
    Alas, no breadmaker. Though I am convinced there is nothing to touch homemade bread. Freshly baked is also great – the best meal I can remember as a kid was sharing a loaf of bread almost straight from the oven. Not even butter with it. Mind you, we were REALLY hungry!

    • Hello Col, I’m good thank you. I remember my mum buying fresh bread and my brother and I pinching bits off it when she wasn’t looking! We were not popular :)

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