Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Bread

We have been experimenting with our West Bend dual-paddle bread machine, using recipes from "The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook."

Here's a good one: Hungarian white bread with fennel seed.

1 1/3 cup water
 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
 4 cups bread flour (remember to use a spoon to shake the flour into the measuring cup; do not scoop)
 2 tablespoons sugar
 1 tablespoon plus 1 tsp gluten
 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
 2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon bread machine yeast

Put the ingredients into the pan according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Crust to medium

Basic cycle

When the baking cycle ends immediately remove the loaf from the pan and let it cool on a rack to room temp before slicing.

Recipe is for a two-pound loaf.

We also add a teaspoon of caraway seeds and a half teaspoon of anise seeds.

This is a very fine bread for toasting.