Whats the Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread?
Homemade freshly baked Bread, that you get to slice yourself! This is my answer!
We were given a bread making machine for our wedding 5 years ago. Thanks Rhonda! About a year ago we needed to buy a new one. Now a Thanks to my parents they gave us a new one for Christmas last year. I have probably made more loaves of bread in the last month, then I have the whole year as of yet. There is something magically about adding in ingredients, waiting 4hrs and the smell in that last 45mins is truly amazing! (I have 20mins left on today's loaf as I'm typing, Yummy)
I love how there is only 7 ingredients, much less then store bought bread. I also love knowing all those ingredients, and to know there isn't anything else added that shouldn't be. French Toast, Sandwiches, Garlic Bread, all taste so much better on bread you make yourself.
I know some of you are saying "But she has a machine she didn't really make it herself." On one hand I can agree, true I didn't knead the bread, wait for it to rise, knead again, ect. But you also have to admit that my machine baked bread is alot closer to Handmade then any store bought bagged loaf....Right? :-)
Angelina helps nearly every time I bake, and making bread is her favorite. I used to just let her pour in the ingredients after I measured, she was satisfied. It didn't take long before she wanted to help more. I then let her scoop the ingredients, then I would scrap with the knife to make everything perfect, then she would pour. This last time I decided to let her use the knife and scrap to measure perfectly, and she just lite up and felt so proud that I would let her help in that way. She even shared with Daddy what she "got to do" when he got home. My heart sure felt warm, just allowing her to do something so simple, sure meant the world to her.
I hope she keeps these memories with her as she grows up, and the smell of freshly baked bread brings her back to her childhood!
I thought I would share the recipe as well, in case any of you are looking for a super simple, easy, and tasty Bread Machine recipe.
This is for a Large Loaf, no mixing necessary and I add the ingredients in this order to the machines pan.
3 1/2 Cups of Flour
(I use Bread Machine Flour, from mom...so thats all I know about it, lol)
1 tsp. Salt
2 Tbsp. Dry Milk
2 Tbsp. Butter
3 Tbsp. Sugar
1 1/2 Cups (12oz) of Water (room temp)
1 1/4 tsp. Dry Yeast
|Love opening the lid and seeing a perfect loaf|
|Out of the pan, cooling down before we slice|