Now that we are a family of four, we go through bread quickly. I felt like I was always having to run to the store to get some. Finally, I just thought, I’ve seriously got to start making my own bread. Ha! Yeah, right. When am I going to find the time. So…I got a bread machine!
Yeah, I said it. I got a bread machine. You can get one too. Just ask your Mom if you can have the one she got during the craze of the late 90′s and then hid in the basement when the Atkins frenzy hit and demonized bread and those evil carbs as the worst villain of the new millenia. Is it cheating to make bread in a machine? Oh, who cares?? We have fresh baked bread everyday.
To make it simple, every Sunday, I premix the dry batter for a whole weeks worth of loafs. Placing one batch in the machine bowl and then the rest in 6 mason jars. That way, every night before bed, I can just throw the dry ingredients into the bowl with the water, add the yeast, press start and go to bed. When I wake up, bread! Yum. Easy. End of story.
And yes, I know the bread from the machine has those weird butts where the paddle kneads the bread. I just cut off that end, dry it out and use it for bread crumbs. Multitasking!