I was so excited when we got our bread machine… I had plans to make bread every week. Think about it… Fresh bread, no preservatives or other crap (granted you can buy bread that way but its freaking expensive), no worries about running out before the next grocery trip unless we’re out of one of the ingredients… Not to mention I just love the idea of making our bread. It didn’t work that way though…
I tried several of the recipes that came with my bread machine. None of them were flat out bad. They tasted good… but we had to eat it right away or it’d go stale very quickly. And the loaf… The size and shape was just flat out awkward. I knew I could fix that by using the dough setting and just bake it in the oven but for some reason I put off doing so.
But then a few weeks ago we had our monthly Sams trip. We were out of flour for the first time in months and that was at the top of my list… Now I have mixed feelings about what happened here. They didn’t have the flour we got last time… which comes in an insane amount. Instead they had 20 lb bags, which I know we’ll have to replace sooner. But… Its King Arthur brand. I LOVE King Arthur brand flour. Now, I wish it was the whole wheat version… but I’ll take the unbleached white if I have to (and right now we do).
I’ve used their recipes before with great results so I decided I wanted to try making another loaf a week or so ago. Actually I think it was exactly a week ago lol. We were out of bread and a day or two away from grocery shopping so it seemed like a good time to try it. Anyway, I figured I would try the bread machine again and do the dough setting only. It worked really well… I’m sure mixing by hand wouldn’t be much (any?) more difficult, but its pretty convenient to just add ingredients and then go about my day… It rises in there too, so it cuts out a few extra steps as well.
We were extremely happy with it… Somehow despite the fact that we couldn’t stop eating it I managed to gauge about how long it lasts before going stale… Around 3 or 4 days (I had like 2 pieces left the last day and was starting to get a little crunchy, but not bad). Much longer than what we’d tried before. I’ve made several loaves since… 2 for the house and 1 for Baba to take to work.
I know I’ve already shared it before on the FB page, but I used the Classic Sandwich Bread recipe that was on the bag. I know at some point I’d like to make their whole wheat recipe again, but this is probably the first time in a long time that I’ve enjoyed white bread. So good recipe lol.