Bread Machine

I love naan bread — it’s one of my favorites.  I found this recipe for homemade naan bread in the bread machine and I have to tell you, it’s pretty good and easy.  I mean, it’s not exactly like the real thing because you probably don’t have a tandoor (or at least I don’t).

BTW, 1 lb of flour is 4 cups.  Make sure your baking stone is hot or this won’t work well.  And don’t worry because the dough will not stick to your baking stone. 

You don’t need to knead it before you roll it out.  I found stretching the dough pretty thin worked best.  Also, I didn’t want to have huge naan so I cut the dough into 10-12 chunks and then rolled it out.  It worked out well.

Naan Bread Dough Chunks  Naan Bread Dough  Bread Machine Naan from 500 to Broil  Naan Bread

I haven’t had Pizza Hut pizza years ago so I can’t really remember what their dough tastes like. 

Why you may ask?  Well, it was four or five years ago when I first moved to the city.  They sent me the wrong pizza and I called to tell them it was wrong.   The person on the other line apologized and said they’d send me the right pizza.  OK, that’s fine.  I didn’t eat any of the wrong pizza and gave it back to the delivery guy once he gave me the right pizza.  The delivery guy then demanded the money for the wrong pizza and the right pizza!  I told him I wasn’t paying because I didn’t eat it and it wasn’t my fault for the pizza mix-up.  When I finally got him out of my doorway, I opened my pizza box starving and saw a disgusting half-cooked doughy pizza.  Hence the reason I haven’t ordered from them again.

However, according to the reviewers of this recipe, it actually does taste like Pizza Hut dough.

I made a rushed version of the pizza because I was running late and needed the dough to be done.  So the dough only rested for about 10 minutes.  I also would have split the dough into two different pies because there was a lot of it!  I also followed the other folk’s suggestions of baking the dough at a higher heat before I put on the toppings.

Pizza Hut Dough  Pizza Hut Dough  Pizza Hut Dough

One of my favorite breads is the english muffin.  It’s all the nooks and crannies that make it a perfect spot for butter, jelly, jams, peanut butters, etc. 

I thought I’d try this recipe for bread machine english muffins and it was perfect!  I think it really looks like english muffins with all the nooks and crannies. 

Bread Machine English Muffin Bread  Bread Machine English Muffin Bread

**Update 7/26: I found the great from scratch monkey bread recipe (and it still uses the bread machine!).  It’s seriously delicious!**

Yeah, this recipe for bread machine money bread was a pretty big blah for me.  I thought you could taste too much of the wheat flour and it wasn’t what I was expecting. 

I think next time I’d use 1/2 wheat and 1/2 all purpose.  While the mixture of cinnamon, sugar, and butter is one of my all-time favorites, I’m not a huge fan of this recipe…

Other than using the pre-made canned biscuits, do you have any good recipes for homemade monkey bread?   Maybe I should use a biscuit recipe and layer it with the cinnamon, sugar, and butter…

Bread Machine Monkey Bread Dough  Bread Machine Monkey Bread Dough  Bread Machine Monkey Bread

This is a fantastic and easy recipe for sandwich buns/dinner rolls.  While I didn’t have a 2 1/2″ biscuit cutter the recipe called for, I used my 1″ cutter for dinner rolls. 

Bread Machine Roll Dough  Bread Machine Rolls Rising  Bread Machine Rolls

Although I did make a few sandwiches with the rolls.  They were tender, moist, and delicious!  I will definitely make these again! 

Oh, and I didn’t put the melted butter on top, but can imagine if I would have, they would have been really yummy.

But these are seriously good rolls.  It’d be great if you were hosting  a party and used the smaller ones to put a little roast beef and horseradish, or turkey and brie with a slice of green apple, or…well, you get the point.

I felt my bread machine was feeling neglected again, so I thought I’d spend a little time and bake more. 

With Father’s Day coming up, I knew cinnamon rolls would be greatly appreciated.  And this recipe was insanely easy.  Check out the middle and the last photo on the right — the power of yeast is pretty cool!

Bread Machine Cinnamon Roll Dough  Bread Machine Cinnamon Roll Dough  Bread Machine Cinnamon Roll Dough  Bread Machine Cinnamon Roll Dough 

When they came out of the pan, the rolls were soft and chewy with a perfect cinnamon-sugar combination.

 Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

I didn’t put any frosting on top because that wouldn’t ship well.  But if I did, I’d definitely use this cream cheese one instead

I also didn’t bake it all the way (only baked for about 10-15 minutes so then when it was baked, then the frosting would melt.

Continuing with my search for good, healthy bread recipes, I found this one for oatmeal bread.

To make it a little bit healthier, I put 1 cup of whole wheat flour (so then there was 2 cups of bread flour).  Seriously, this was really actually pretty good.  It actually had flavor and didn’t taste like cardboard.  After it was done (and while it was still hot), I cut off a little slice, put a little butter on it and YUM.

I think it’d be great for sandwiches or with jelly.  It’s an all-purpose bread.

Oatmeal Bread

My photo, as you may have noticed, is of a dog.  Specifically, it’s my mom’s dog.  And he’s not a little guy.  He’s a 110 lb black lab.  Now before you think he’s fat, he’s not.  He’s honestly big boned. 

He’s not the little labs that you usually see in the DC-metro area, but he looks like a cross between a Newfoundland and black lab. 

Anyway, this is all a very long-winded way to say that the dog can eat — a lot.  So I thought I’d make some homemade dog biscuits for him. 

I didn’t take any photos of the biscuits because I didn’t really do anything pretty with them.  I cut them into squares.  I know, how boring.  But I think I got about 40 1.5″ big squares. 

My only modification was that I didn’t have any natural bran or bulgur wheat so I substituted uncooked oats. 

They were really easy to make and the dog did like them so I think I’ll be making these again.  And then I’ll take some photos. 

My guilt over neglecting my bread machine continues, so I decided to try to make a Portuguese Sweet Bread.  Oh my God was this amazing.

I ran to the store to pick up a new jar of yeast, so this thing was rising like crazy.  It had a subtle, sweet flavor that wasn’t overpowering, but was just enough.  The exterior was crusty while the inside was so soft. 

The photo doesn’t do it justice, I wish you could taste it!  You’ll have to make it sometime. 

I’m going to definitely make it again!

 Portuguese Sweet Bread

I made this French Baguette recipe to see if it’d be better than this one, but it wasn’t. Although this recipe was better than this one.  The reason was that it didn’t have as crispy of a crust as the other one.  But it did have a nice soft and chewy interior.

I liked it, but I think I’m done trying out new baguette recipes.  I think this is the winner.

French Baguettes

In a desire to try to be healthier, I thought I’d try out this recipe for yogurt bread

My verdict?  It tasted like healthy bread and not in a good way.  While the crust was spectacular, the bread was bland.  I even toasted it with a bit of butter, but it didn’t help.  Perhaps if I smothered it in jelly, it might have worked. 

Bummer though that the bread tasted so healthy…I suppose I’m still looking for healthier homemade bread that doesn’t taste like cardboard.

Yogurt Bread

Ahh pizza.  I love it.  Is it the crust?  The endless possibilities of toppings?  The cheese string from when you grab a slice?  I think it’s a combination of all of it.

I had just purchased a pizza stone from Crate and Barrel and I was excited to try it out.  Using this recipe for the crust, I made a pizza with a little pizza sauce, garlic powder, mozzeralla, black olives, and mushrooms. 

While it the crust had a decent flavor, it was a little too thick on the sides for my taste.  I realize that had I taken a few extra minutes to roll the dough, the crust would have been the right thickness level.  Where I did take the time, it was a great, crispy crust! 

Also, to prevent the dough from sticking on the stone, I sprinkled corn meal. 

Homemade Pizza

I have been a baking fool, but then again, it is the winter.  Is there anything better than smelling a homemade loaf of bread?  I don’t think so! 

I made this classic white bread in my bread machine, but decided to change it up a little by adding a 1/2 tsp of garlic powder.  Then I  added a heaping 1/2 tsp of rosemary, thyme, and oregano. 

While the loaf fell down in the middle, I did taste a bit of the bread.  Next time, I’d add 1 tsp-1  1/2 tsp of the ingredients for a bit of a stronger flavor. 

I didn’t think the exterior crust was as crispy as the other white bread, so I think I’d use this recipe instead.

Homemade White Bread

After my great experience making homemade baguettes using just my KitchenAid mixer, I thought I’d make one with my bread machine. 

It wasn’t as good.  Perhaps had I not made the other one, I would have thought this was good.  But I did and this one didn’t work out as well. 

The reason was that while the exterior was a nice tan color, the interior wasn’t as chewy.  Why the heck I didn’t take a photo of the inside is beyond me, but trust me — not as good as the other one. 

Bread Machine Baguette Dough Bread Machine French Baguette

My bread machine has been feeling neglected ever since I got my rotisserie.  So I thought I’d make some plain, regular bread one day for lunch (and perhaps French Toast). 

I used this recipe to make the bread and have to say that it turned out really well.  The exterior was crunchy and the interior was so soft.  I couldn’t wait for it to cool so I cut into a slice immediately and ate with melted butter.

So good!  I would recommend making this bread because it’s easy.  I think you could add some great herbs and spices to change the flavor while still retaining the perfect texture.  I’m looking forward to trying that next time! 

Bread Machine French Bread

Yet another fantastic recipe, but this time, for Amish Bread in the bread machine. 

This bread was fluffy with a bit of sweetness.  It would have been great to slice with a bit of butter immediately after baking or toast a few days later. 

My biggest concern was that I didn’t know when the first “cycle” would be over so I was in fear of it suddenly baking.  Thankfully, my paranoia made sure it didn’t happen and I think it turned out perfectly.

The dough on top of the loaf was from the bottom.  You should definitely try making this!

Amish Bread

Have you ever baked something and now everyone wants to either try it or get more of it for themselves?  No matter how many times I give people the recipe for cinnamon sugar bread, I still get asked, “So, umm, when are you going to make the cinnamon sugar bread?” 

It really is that good.  With a nice cinnamon sugar flavor, this makes whatever is going on in the world seem a little better.  OK,  maybe not really, but it is a fantastic bread.

While this loaf fell apart (I took it out of the pan immediately after the buzzer beeped), the taste was still there.  It’s great right out of the oven, but also when it’s been toasted with a little butter.

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

I made this Focaccia bread three times. 

The first time, I had no idea how long it would take to actually make it.  In reality, it’s about a 3 1/2 hour commitment so it’s not a quick bread, no mess bread.  It also didn’t turn out very well.  Instead, the bread was hard and heavy as a rock.  So I wanted to try making it again. 

The second time, it turned out better because I made some modifications. 

  • When you knead the dough for 10 minutes, make sure to use bread flour (not regular flour).
    • You’ll probably add a cup or more of dough while you’re kneading.
  • I added oregano, thyme, Parmesan, and garlic powder in the mix. 
  • On top, I poured extra virgin olive oil and then more seasonings (minus garlic powder) on top with Kosher salt.
  • Bake at 375F for 20-30 minutes. 

Raw  Focaccia Dough  Focaccia Bread

The third time I made it I used put in 3 1/2 cups of bread flour and 2 1/4 tsp yeast (1 packet) in the bread machine on the “dough cycle.”  When it was done, I opened the lit and it was still gooey so I put in another 1 1/2-2 cups of bread flour.  I let it mix together for 10-15 minutes, but watched it carefully because I did have to add a little water. 

Then I took it out, and followed directions normally, putting it in the greased bowl to rise.  After I “poked” the bread, I let it rise again for about an 1 hour.  I added parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and Kosher salt to the top.  Then I baked at 425 for 15-20 minutes. 

I noticed it poofed more and it was much thicker.  It was crunchy and soft.  Perfect.  Third time really was a charm.  Now I love this focaccia bread and would definitely recommend trying it! Below is the photo of my third try at Focaccia bread (and I cut into it as soon as it was out of the oven). 

Focaccia Bread 3rd try

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