Once, I was into baking breads. So, I own one bread making machine. The interest wans after a while and the machine has been hidden in some cabinet corner until today.
It really is an easy task to bake bread with a bread making machine. Many men had laughed at me, including my husband. They will say, “What!!???? You spend RM550 for a machine? One loaf of bread only costs RM1.90. Think how many loaves you can buy with RM550.”
I will retort with, “Why do you buy a super expensive Black & Decker when you can just use a mere screw driver?” It is all for fun and as hobby, plus indulgence. Just like when a man buys a Black & Decker and has vision of building a complete set of furniture, only to use it for tightening screws, 🙂 I too, bought the machine and thought that I am going to bake breads, make doughs for cinnamon buns, sausage buns, dumplings (pau)…. and only make an occassional bread.
I will not go into the recipe because each bread maker has its own manual and recipe. However, these are the basic stuffs that go into making bread. The first is the dry yeast.
Some natural and some additives. Malt, yeast, bread improver (to make it rise) and bread softener (to make it fluffier).
This is vegetable shortening, a bit like butter.
I like my bread filled with lots of dried apricots, sunflower seeds and 8-grains (corn, rye, oats, sesame and some other unidentifiable stuffs)
My bread got a little ‘shock’ because one of my kids opened the machine lid midway. Change of temperature cause it to sink in the middle. 🙁
It tastes great, whilst hot. The problem with homemade bread is that they get hard when left over night. But a small loaf like this disappears very fast, so no worry of any leftover.
I am contemplating making savoury bread. With zucchini and cheese. Hope my experiment turns out ok.