My bread machine got a lot of use BC (before children) – which seems odd since we go through a lot more bread now. I felt bad when I pulled it out of the cabinet and realized “it” has a name – Mister Loaf. Mr. Loaf is too big to leave on the counter, but you’ll be happy to know that I promised him that we would be spending a lot more time together.*
It took me longer to decide which recipe to use then it did to load the ingredients into Mr. Loaf. The next morning, we woke up to a loaf of bread. I only made a 1lb. loaf which was gone after breakfast. (4 kiddos & some crusty ends for me). My children asked me to make Mexican French Toast, so I did. 🙂
So, if you’ve left your friend in the cabinet, buried in a closet, shoved into the back of your pantry – it’s time to get reaquainted. … and here’s a recipe to get you started. Of course, it’s a FRENCH recipe; I’ve mentioned how much I have been “into” French Baking lately!! – This is a dense bread and I would definitely eat it fresh AND of course, it makes AWESOME French Toast. Bon Apetit ~
Pan di Mie
- 1 tsp active dry yeast
- 2 cups bread flour
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 Tbl vegetable oil (I use coconut oil now)/melted butter would work too.
- 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbl water
Add all ingredients in the order suggested by your bread machine manual and process on the bread cycle according to the manufacturer’s directions.
The directions I used:
Pour the water into the bread machine pan.
Add, but do not stir, the flour, sugar, salt and oil.
With your finger, make a small well in the mound of flour. Pour the yeast into the well where it is not touching the water. This will delay the yeast becoming active and ensure that it rises at the proper time.
Start the bread machine and wait.
Confession: I completely broke my promise. We broke up. It was me, not him. I got busy, I quit spending time with him. Seeing this post reminded me of what I had and what I let go. I promise to do better this time. I know I can make it work.
Source: The Best Bread Machine Cookbook Ever : Ethnic Breads by Madge Rosenberg