Jan 28, 2009

Blowing the Dust off my Bread Machine

I haven't used my bread machine for awhile. In fact, my old machine, which got used daily for many years, broke and had to be replaced. The new machine took awhile to "break in" and it's only lately that I've been making breads I was pleased with. Brayden loves making bread with me. I put all the ingredients in small bowls, and he dumps things in as we discuss what they are and why I'm putting them in. We came up with this wonderful bread -- possibly one of the best I've ever made -- because Brayden loves Peach Yogurt and wanted to put it in the bread. This bread is wonderful. The hint of peach and nutmeg gives it a perfect flavor for eating as is, toasted, or as French Toast. (Honest, do try the French Toast with this bread!) I used Kroger brand Low Carb Peach Yogurt (with small peach pieces) simply because it's what I had on hand, and it's Brayden's favorite. Peaches and Cream Bread 1 cup warm water 1 tsp salt 1 tbsp sugar 2 tbsp wheat gluten 1 8oz peach yogurt 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/4 cup powdered coffee creamer (Cremora) 3 cups+ flour* 1 tbsp yeast *I use standard all-purpose flour. Of course, you can use Bread Machine flour, but with the addition of wheat gluten, I find no reason to buy the more expensive flour. Put all ingredients in bread machine, adding yeast last. Set bread machine at light crust, standard loaf. Add a bit of flour if dough sticks to side of container. Helpful Hint: Have you ever made bread, only to have it collapse when you try and slice it with a knife? To slice homemade bread (once it's cooled completely), use an electric knife! Let the knife do the work -- gently push down as the knife slices -- and your bread slices will come out perfectly!


Karen said...

mmmmm...this sounds yummy. I was planning on making bread today to eat with soup for supper. But I don't have all these ingredients and that would entail going to the store....and it's a French Toast Alert day here in New England so I think I'll go with my usual honey-wheat bread for tonight and try this later.

Kathryn said...

Hi Joan, I am not usually a big fan of kitchen gadgets but I really love my bread maker. I haven't previously tried making bread with flavoured yogurt, but often make it with natural yogurt and maple syrup. I love experimenting with variations on recipes and different types of flour mixes e.g. rye, wheat, malted and so on. Here in the UK, there is very little difference between the costs of basic kitchen flours e.g. self raising and what we call "strong" for breadmaking. I like to buy organic flours. Generally also, breads slice much better the next day, although you have to be very disciplined to wait that long,as they smell so nice. I always make a nice loaf on Friday afternoon for us to have bacon sandwiches for brunch on Saturday - one of our weekly treats. Kathrynxx

Kevin said...

Hello Joan! Like you, I've recently drug the bread machine out of moth balls. I must admit that I'm so glad I did. I've been trying all sorts of different breads, some were really good and some were.....well....total flops. I will defintely give your recipe a try, looks delicious!!!! Thanks for sharing