April 01, 2005


The bread machine has been getting a workout lately. I made my first loaf of rye the other day and everyone agrees that it's good but a tad too subtle. The next loaf will have more rye flour in the mix. Not that it seemed to matter, there was only one slice left this morning, and we're not a big bread-eatin' family.

Last night the house smelled of cinammon as some raisin bread baked. A thick slab of that toasted and slathered with butter made for a fine breakfast.

Bread machines. Another easy way to appreciate the simple things that make you happy.

Posted by Ted at April 1, 2005 06:10 AM
Category: Square Pegs

Ted, adding more rye to the recipe might not do it for you... if you're unlucky you'll end up with a brick thanks to rye's lack of gluten (and, indeed, tendency to break down the gluten that wheat brings to the mix). You might want to instead kick up the flavor by doing a pre-ferment of some of the flour and water with the yeast before doing the bread machine thing. That will add great depth of flavor, a little tang, and it ought to bring out the rye-ness too. Rye plays extremely well with sourdoughs and preferments.

Posted by: Johno at April 1, 2005 09:17 AM

I hope there is at least a slice of cinnimon bread left for me....PLEASE!!!!

Posted by: Robyn at April 1, 2005 09:30 AM

Johno, thanks for the tip! I know very little about making bread, so experimentation is the key word.

Robyn, sorry, we ate every scrap this morning. In fact, I forced the dogs to eat the last 3 slices just so you wouldn't get any. On top of that, the new rule is that we only use the bread machine once a week, because we're Atkins-friendly (or Robyn-unfriendly, your choice). I guess I'm saying: sorry kiddo. Too bad. So sad.
*sticking my tongue out at'cha*

Posted by: Ted at April 1, 2005 09:46 AM

There are no other words than... [You are the bestest sweetest greatest dad in the history of the world and I love you lots!!!!]

*comment edited*

Posted by: Robyn at April 1, 2005 09:59 AM

NO MORE EDITING MY COMMENTS!!!!!! AND I REPEAT...[I have enormous feet!] But since I do know that you were lyin bout no more bread, i guess i can take it back now...

*comment edited* (this is kinda fun)

Posted by: Robyn at April 1, 2005 01:47 PM

Ted, if you want a quick primer on how to do a pre-ferment, drop me an email. You'll dirty a bowl, a whisk and a spatula, but your bread machine will still do all kneading and baking.

Posted by: Johno at April 1, 2005 02:44 PM

Yeah, I recently started baking rye bread in my machine too. I've found that a little bit of olive oil added to the rye mix gives a more even texture.

Raisin bread - my recipe replaces the water with apple juice. Yum. Walnuts are another great thing to add. I've tried other nuts and other fruits and they don't work as well.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at April 2, 2005 05:52 AM

That cinammon raisin bread sounds yummy... !!!!!!!!

Posted by: Cindy at April 2, 2005 11:09 AM
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