Bread Machine


I found this recipe in Jewish Women’s magazine for authentic challah bread.  You can make it using your bread machine or by hand — either way, it’s super easy! 

This recipe made two loaves and I used them to make tomorrow’s recipe for pumpkin bread puddingJust wait, you’ll see that recipe, well, tomorrow.

Unlike my previously posted challah bread recipe, this one is going into my book because I know it’s authentic.  The  loaves were sweet and chewy. 

Here are  step-by-step photos:

Challah Bread Dough  Challah Bread Dough  Challah Bread Dough  Challah Bread Dough  Challah Bread  Challah Bread

Perfect!

I love thin crust pizza, but I never found a dough that would work for thin crust…until now.  This recipe for pizza dough is one of the best.  There’s no flavor to the crust, but that’s easy to fix if you add a little garlic powder, oregano, etc to the dough.

Once the bread machine was done mixing, I added at least another cup of flour so I could handle the dough.  It was incredibly gooey. 

Then I divided the dough and put one on my pizza stone with cornmeal and the other half on the pizza pan with holes.   There is definitely enough dough for two pizzas! 

Bread Machine Pizza Dough  Bread Machine Pizza Dough  Bread Machine Pizza Dough

I put a thin layer of pizza sauce, cheese, turkey pepperoni, leftover cooked ground turkey, and fresh spinach (which I realize now I shouldn’t have used). 

While I always thought my pizza stone was awesome, the pizza pan with holes was way better because the crust was crispy and delicious.  Here are those pizza pictures:

Bread Machine Pizza Dough  Bread Machine Pizza  Bread Machine Pizza  Bread Machine Pizza  Bread Machine Pizza with Sausage and Spinach  Bread Machine Pizza with Sausage and Spinach  Bread Machine Pizza with Sausage and Spinach

Here are the photos when I used the pizza stone:

Bread Machine Pizza on Pizza Stone  Bread Machine Pizza on Pizza Stone  Bread Machine Pizza with Sausage and Spinach

I baked the pizza at 450 for 30-40 minutes.  Yum.

I am about to make a statement that when I actually say it out loud, people freak.  Ready?  I hate stuffing.  Never have liked it, but every year, I take the smallest spoonful one can take without being rude. 

But, I do love turkey and most importantly, the leftovers.  However, regular wheat bread can get boring so I found this recipe for bread machine turkey stuffing loaf from King Arthur’s Web site.

Bread Machine Turkey Stuffing Loaf  Bread Machine Turkey Stuffing Loaf

It’s awesome!  I didn’t have any sage or celery seeds so I substituted 1 tsp of fresh thyme, 1 tsp of dried rosemary, and 1 tsp of terragon. 

Delicious and easy!  And it makes for great turkey sandwiches!

I was making some soup overa recent weekend and wanted to have some rolls to eat with it.  I settled on making some bread machine onion rolls.

It was a pretty easy recipe to make.  I wanted to make them smaller so I divided the rolls into 16 pieces.  They came out nice and fluffy with a good onion-y taste.  

Bread Machine Onion Roll  Bread Machine Onion Roll  Bread Machine Onion Roll

I would definitely makes these again.  And they are delicious with a little roast beef (or turkey!), Swiss, and horseradish!

I thought this was an OK recipe for cinnamon swirl bread.  What I liked was the fact it was using the bread machine for the dough.

As always with a bread machine recipe though, make sure to check your dough 5 minutes after it starts mixing.  You want to make sure that the dough isn’t too wet or too dry and everything is mixing well together.

Since I don’t have a loaf pan, I used my french loaf pan for the two loaves.  I think it worked out just fine, but the regular loaf pan would have made them prettier. 

It did remind me of making cinnamon rolls when I put the butter on the rolled out dough and then sprinkled the cinnamon and sugar mixture.  The only difference was that when I was done rolling into a log, I didn’t cut into 12 rolls.

Here are my step-by-step photos:

Bread Machine Cinnamon Swirl Bread/Kalacs  Bread Machine Cinnamon Swirl Bread/Kalacs  Bread Machine Cinnamon Swirl Bread/Kalacs  Bread Machine Cinnamon Swirl Bread/Kalacs  Bread Machine Cinnamon Swirl Bread/Kalacs  Bread Machine Cinnamon Swirl Bread/Kalacs  Bread Machine Cinnamon Swirl Bread/Kalacs

This recipe for “golden honey” pan rolls looked fantastic.  Look at that photo!  Unfortunately, I messed up when I was making them.  As usual, I was doing a million other things at the same time and forgot to put in the yeast.  So when the timer went off, I thought the dough looked strange.  That’s when I realized the yeast omission.  I put in the yeast and then let it go through the dough cycle again.

The rolls were good and while the extra kneading didn’t hurt it, I don’t think it helped it much either.  I didn’t put the glaze on the top because 1/3 cup of sugar on top seemed like an awful lot.  But the rolls themselves were good. 

Bread Machine Golden Honey Pan Rolls  Golden Honey Pan Rolls  Bread Machine Golden Honey Pan Rolls

Did they beat these bread machine rolls?  Even though I didn’t put the topping on the rolls, I’m going to say no.

This recipe for chocolate cinnamon bread was very good and light.  I had only 1 cup of bread flour so I had to use 1 cup of regular flour and another 1/2 tsp of yeast.

It worked and it was good. 

Bread Machine Chocolate Cinnamon Bread  Bread Machine Chocolate Cinnamon Bread

There wasn’t a strong cinnamon flavor though.  I did use dark chocolate chips and only 3/4 cup of sugar to cut down on the sweetness.  I think next time I’d up the cinnamon and sugar — might help.  Or, you could make cinnamon toast with this bread…now that’d be good!

I love hot food, but I hadn’t yet found a good recipe for jalapeno cheese bread…until now.  This was a really good recipe. 

I did make a few modifications.  Instead of 1/8 cup of water, I used the juice from the jalapeno jar.  I also put in about 2-3 TBSP of chopped jalapenos. 

Bread Machine Jalapeno Cheese Bread  Bread Machine Jalapeno Cheese Bread  Bread Machine Jalapeno Cheese Bread

Next time, I’ll just make this dough.  Then roll the dough flat and put slices of cheese on top.   Then roll the dough into a log so the cheese is stuck inside.  Baking it at about 375-400 for probably 20-30 minutes and it’ll be a spicy and gooey bread. 

Will keep you posted when I make it again — BTW, the idea above hasn’t been tested and so I can’t guarantee that this temperature and timing works.  If you try it, let me know!

Raisins — if you read this blog, you know I’m not such a fan.  But I love this recipe for cinnamon raisin bread

To make it a little healthier, I subsituted 1 cup of whole wheat flour and used 2 cups of bread flour.  This was moist, sweet, and soft.  It was one of the best loaves of bread I’ve ever made.

Bread Machine Cinnamon Raisin Bread  Bread Machine Cinnamon Raisin Bread  Bread Machine Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Raisins, blah.  But cinnamon, yay!  So I tried to make this bread machine recipe for cinnamon raisin bread.  Not bad, but not great.  Also, not very pretty. 

Cinnamon (no raisins) Bread  Cinnamon (no raisins) Bread

For now, I’m sticking to this cinnamon sugar bread recipe.

Beer and cheese — a funny sounding but perfectly tasty combination.  So when I caught this recipe for bread machine beer and cheese bread, I was intrigued to see how it’d taste.

I used a light beer (Amstel) and low-fat Vermont Cheddar cheese which worked out really well.  The bread had a bit of an odd texture, but it was good.  There was a nice cheese flavor.

Don’t throw away (or drink) the other 2 ounces of beer that’s leftover when you’re making this bread — you may need to add some of it to the mixture.  I know, it’s a tough ask, but it’ll make the bread taste better!

Bread Machine Beer & Cheese Bread  Bread Machine Beer & Cheese Bread

Next time, I think I’d put it on dough cycle and not put the cheese in.  Once the dough cycle was done, I’d roll the cheese (sliced like the deli) inside.  Then bake it at 350-375 for 20-30 minutes.  Once you take the bread out and slice, the cheese would be melted and gooey.  Or at least in my mind that’s how it’d turn out.  Yum.

I love Challah bread.  But I do feel that baking it into a loaf pan is wrong. 

So I was intrigued when I saw I could use my bread machine to mix the dough and instead of allowing it to bake, I figured I’d put it on the dough setting. 

Then take it out the pan.  Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces.  Then roll each piece into logs of equal size and length and braid. 

The braided dough was left alone for 1 hour to rise.  I love the power of yeast.  It’s so fun! 

Bread Machine Challah Bread  Bread Machine Challah Bread

Then I baked the bread in my oven at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes (until brown).

It was so soft and perfect.  Would definitely recommend others to try this recipe!

Bread Machine Challah Bread  Bread Machine Challah Bread 

I wanted to try to use up as much milk as possible.  I had it because of the ice cream/yogurt machine. Anyway, I decided to try to make this recipe for bread machine milk & honey bread

It was light and delicious with a slight sweetness.  Perfect for breakfast!

Honey & Milk Bread  Honey & Milk Bread

I had a bag of sun dried tomatoes in my cupboard and thought some sun dried tomato bread would be a good way to use it up.  Unfortunately, I didn’t pay attention to the ingredients in this recipe for sun dried tomato, herb, and onion bread

Umm, where the heck were the wet ingredients?  So to try to save this since I had already mixed it together, I added

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of butter

Sun Dried Tomato Herb Onion Bread  Sun Dried Tomato Herb Onion Bread

Yeah, it was not good.  It was too sweet from the sugar and sun dried tomatoes.  I’ll definitely pass on making this again (and will next time pay attention to the recipes BEFORE I throw the ingredients together).

Yum, when I was reading the ingredients for this black pepper onion bread, I knew I would love it.  I only made a 1 lb loaf (in case it didn’t turn out), so it’s definitely ugly. 

Black Pepper & Onion Bread  Black Pepper & Onion Bread

There’s not a heavy garlic flavor, but it does have a nice sutle onion taste.  There’s also a hint of the black pepper.

It’d be perfect for sandwich bread or for dinner.

Do you know how when you’re making something, you can just tell it’s going to be good?  Yes, that’s how I felt about this recipe for bread machine monkey bread

I wanted my monkey bread to have cinnamon sugar, so I mixed about 1/2 cup of sugar and 4 TBSP of cinnamon.  I also melted 4 TBSP of butter. 

Then I rolled the dough into balls, dunked into the melted butter, and covered with the cinnamon sugar.

Bread Machine Monkey Bread  Bread Machine Monkey Bread  Bread Machine Monkey Bread

Ridiculously good.  Full of cinnamon sugar goodness, crunchy top, and soft and chewy inside.  Addictive too!

You have to try this recipe!

Yeah, this was a really easy recipe and helped me use this ridiculous amount of cream cheese I had in my fridge (no idea why I had so much!) but on my first attempt, it fell.  I’ve made tons of loafs of bread and have only had a handful that has had this happen. 

Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread Attempt #1  Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread Machine Attempt #1

I made it again and it turned out much better. 

Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread  Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread Machine

But overall, I don’t think I’ll ever make this recipe again.  It was weak on the flavor.  I’d rather eat even a plain wheat bread and put cream cheese and strawberry jam on.

I thought this recipe for honey whole wheat bread sounded good and healthy.  It was super easy.  I put it on the 1.5 loaf, medium darkness, and whole wheat setting.

While you can taste the whole wheat, it wasn’t as bad as some of the recipes!  Next time, I think I’d add a couple more TBSP of honey for sweetness. 

It’ll make good sandwich bread! 

Honey Whole Wheat Bread  Honey Whole Wheat Bread  Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Delicious!  This recipe for bread machine cornmeal bread was incredibly simple — and moist when completed. 

Bread Machine Corn Bread  Bread Machine Corn Bread

I put it as a 1.5 lb loaf, medium darkness, and white bread setting.  Will definitely make this again — especially in the fall! 

It’ll go great with the this easy black bean soup.

The actual name of this recipe is a bit silly so I’m not going to refer to it as such since I cannot imagine telling my friends to bake this bread called, “Honey I’m Home Bread.”  While the name is sily, the bread itself is decent.

The loaf turned out beautifully — I mean, take a look at this photo?  Perfect, yes? 

 Honey Bread  Honey Bread

But the problem I had with the bread was that there wasn’t a strong honey taste.  The texture was soft and there was a hint of sweetness, but not enough for me.  Next time, I would add more honey.  Heck, maybe even experiment with not putting in as much sugar and using honey instead.

I put the mixture on the fruit & nut setting for 1.5 pound loaf. 

It was a great lunch bread though.  I made oven roasted turkey and brie sandwiches…yum.

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