Bread Maker Mixes!

When I got my first bread maker, I was so excited! Then I read the instructions telling me to use special flour and special yeast, and I saw how much the pre-packaged mixes were, and I was quickly unhappy with what I saw. I have experimented with the recipes since then and have discovered two important things.

First, you do not need to use special flour or special yeast! The same stuff you were using before is just fine. Second, you can make your own bread maker mixes and save a lot of money doing it.

The following are some of my favorite bread maker recipes. I make up several bags of bread mix at a time. These can also be used to give as gifts. Just label your mix, include instructions, a packet of yeast and list of added ingredients for making a completed loaf and place inside a decorative tin or a bread basket , and you have a great gift!

Important Tips For Using Your Bread Maker:

Measuring- Because each ingredient plays such a specific role, it is especially important to measure the ingredients exactly to get the best results.

Dry Ingredients: Use a standard measuring spoon or measuring cup, not a tableware spoon or coffee cup, and level off. For flour, simply spoon the flour into a measuring cup and level off with a flat kitchen utensil.

Liquids: Fill a standard measuring spoon or measuring cup to the level indicated. Check your cup measurement by placing the measuring cup on a flat surface.

Solid Fats: Fill a standard measuring spoon or measuring cup to the level indicated and level off with a kitchen utensil.

Unless your bread maker manufacturer specifies otherwise, always put the liquids in the bread maker pan first, the dry ingredients in next and the yeast last. Before adding the yeast, dig a shallow hole in the dry ingredients and place the yeast in the hole so that there is absolutely NO contact between the yeast and the liquids. You don’t want the yeast to be activated too soon in the process. This is especially important when you are using the Delay option.

Place dried fruits, vegetables and dried spices away from the liquid ingredients in the bread pan. If they soak up water, they can undermine the bread’s chemistry.

For best results, wait fifteen minutes before slicing your baked bread. The bread needs time to cool.

To freeze fresh bread, let it cool completely and double bag the loaf in plastic. For best results, freeze loaves whole and slice after thawing.

Traditional White Bread Mix

3 cups Flour

2 tablespoons Sugar

1 tablespoon Dry Milk

1 1/2 teaspoons Salt

Place the above ingredients into a large (gallon) sized zip baggie, label and seal. To make the bread later, you will need the following additional ingredients:

2- 1/2 tsp. Active Dry Yeast (1 pkg.)

Or

2-1/2 tsp. Quick Acting Active Dry Yeast (1 pkg.)

1 1/4 cups warm water

1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil

When ready to bake bread, place the second set of ingredients into the bottom of the bread pan of your bread maker. Place dry ingredients on top of wet ingredients, reserving yeast for last. Select “White, Crust Color (light), Large, (rapid if using fast acting yeast), Delay option if desired, and Start”

You should store these mixes in a cool, dry place just as you would store the pre-packaged mixes you can purchase in the stores.

Potato Bread Mix

3-1/4 cups Flour

~1/2 cup Dry Potato Flakes

1 Tbsp. White Sugar

1-1/2 tsp. Salt

Place the above ingredients into a large (gallon) sized zip baggie, label and seal. To make the bread later, you will need the following additional ingredients:

1-1/4 cups Warm Water (110 degrees F)

2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil

2-3/4 tsp. Active Dry Yeast (1 pkg.)

Or

2-3/4 tsp. Quick Acting Active Dry Yeast (1 pkg.)

Place all wet ingredients into the bread pan, then add the dry ingredients on top, reserving the yeast for last. Insert the bread pan into the bread maker, and select “White”, desired crust color, rapid or normal baking cycle and loaf size. Select desired delay option, and press Start.

You should store these mixes in a cool, dry place just as you would store the pre-packaged mixes you can purchase in the stores.

 

 

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