I absolutely love my breadmachine. It is temporarily out of order, but I have been using it for over 15 years. I am not very well, and I can seldomly do the old fashioned way, so I am very greatful for this priceless machine. I am particularly greatful for the recipes I and my family and friends have come to love so much. I have several really good bread making books with many bread machine recipes. However, my very favorite, that I would highly recommend is: "The Bread Lover's Cookbook" by: Elizabeth Hensberger. If you can grab a copy, you won't be sorry that you did. She is a master breadmaker, and everyone of the recipes I have used in her book is exceptional. She also, has a recipe for most any kind of bread that you could possibly want! These recipes are easily converted to the old fashioned way of doing bread, which has been a boon to me too, when my machine is being serviced. I have posted some of the VERY FAVORITES of my family and friends on JAP, so here they are:
I've gotten to the point where I can now load my bread machine without a lot of time-consuming measuring. Here's what I just did:
~ warmed 8 ounces buttermilk + 3 ounces water in the microwave and put in bread pan
~ added *about* 3 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp oil, 1 3/4 tsp salt, 1 beaten egg
~ placed 3 cups whole wheat flour on top
~ added 1 cup bread flour, *about* a tablespoon vital wheat gluten, and 2 1/2 tsp yeast (I measured the flour and the yeast)
Set the bread machine to "Whole Grain, Light Crust" and pushed start.