Farmhouse White Bread (for Bread Machine)
By Marcia Mayfield MamaChills
This is one of my favorite bread machine recipes, though you can also make a shaped loaf if you want. I usually use wheat flour in place of some of the bread flour, about 1/3 of the total flour. For every cup of wheat flour, I add about a teaspoon of gluten.
I'm giving amounts for a medium (1-1/2 lb)loaf. Measurements in (parens)are for the 1lb and 2lb loaves. In my bread machines, wet ingredients go in first. I do wait until ingredients are fairly well mixed before I add the salt.
*** Remember that you can substitute wheat(or some other) flour for part of the bread flour. Add an appropriate amount of gluten if you use wheat flour.
Marcia Mayfield MamaChills - Feb 10, 2013
I shared a photo of this recipe.
sheila mcclure soulgurl - May 12, 2013
What is gluten? What form does it come in ? Where do you buy it? Thanks
Marcia Mayfield MamaChills - May 13, 2013
Sheila, gluten is a protein that is derived from the wheat grain. When using wheat flour, the addition of gluten helps the dough to rise better. It traps the carbon dioxide bubbles produced by the yeast, making a higher rising loaf. Not needed when using bread flour or all-purpose flour, but wheat flour is 'heavier.' If you make a wheat bread without adding gluten, you will probably notice that the loaf is heavy and dense.
Vital Wheat Gluten comes in a small box – 6-1/2 oz – and looks like a very fine powder. The product I bought is made by Hodgson Mill. I look for it in the baking section of the grocery store, somewhere near the various flours. I don't think it is a specialty store product, but some grocers may not carry it. I did check my source buying anything you want (amazon.com) and it is available there, along with gluten flour. I have never used gluten flour, not sure how it differs from gluten. One 6-1/2 oz. box of gluten lasts me for many months, maybe a year or more, baking what averages out to less than one loaf per week.