The Long-Awaited Revised Edition of the Classic Bread Machine Book
This well-researched, top-selling bread machine cookbook is now revised to include two-pound loaves, bringing it up-to-date for today's machines.
Bread machine bakers will be delighted with this collection of more than 130 delicious, original recipes. Enjoy fresh-baked breads at home using carefully tested recipes that include:
- San Francisco Sourdough French Bread
- Black Forest Pumpernickel
- Zucchini-Carrot Bread
- Russian Black Bread
- Banana Oatmeal Bread
- Coconut Pecan Rolls
- Caramel Sticky Buns
- Portuguese Sweet Bread
- And much more!
These wholesome, preservative-free recipes are accompanied with tips for baking the perfect loaf.
Whether you're a newcomer to bread machine baking or a longtime enthusiast, this book will help you fill your kitchen with the delectable aroma of one freshly baked loaf after another.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Edition description:||Second Edition, Revised|
|Product dimensions:||6.26(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.76(d)|
About the Author
Linda Rehberg and Lois Conway are also the authors of More Bread Machine Magic and The Bread Machine Magic Book of Helpful Hints. They live in San Diego, California.
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Bread Machine Magic
Revised Edition 138 Exciting Recipes Created Especially for Use in All Types of Bread Machines
By Linda Rehberg, Lois Conway, Lois Simmons
St. Martin's PressCopyright © 2003 Linda Rehberg and Lois Conway
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Tips for Baking the Perfect Loaf
As any good cook or baker will tell you, the secret to success lies in using the best possible ingredients. The same is true for breads. Always try to obtain the most recently milled flours, the freshest vegetables, the ripest fruit, the freshest yeast. You will notice a difference! Here are some guidelines that should help:
Bread flour is now sold in most grocery stores. (Gold Medal packages it as "Better for Bread" flour.) It has a higher gluten content than all-purpose flour. Gluten gives structure and height to each loaf, therefore bread flour will produce a higher loaf of bread (also, one with a coarser texture) and should be used in the recipes where it's indicated.
We switch to all-purpose flour (bleached or unbleached) for most dinner rolls, sweet rolls, and specialty breads, as well as for loaves that rise too high with bread flour. Both bleached and unbleached all-purpose white flours are refined; however, bleached flour has also been whitened with an oxidizing or bleaching agent such as chlorine dioxide.
Whole wheat flour, unlike white flour, is ground from the complete wheat berry and thus contains the wheat germ as well as the wheat bran. Avoid using stoneground whole wheat in the bread machine. It is coarser in texture and does not rise as well as regular whole wheat flour in the machine.
Rye flour is a heavy flour milled from the rye grain. It is low in gluten. You will need to combine it with white or whole wheat flour to produce an acceptable-size loaf. A rye dough is also stickier than other doughs.
Barley flour is milled from barley kernels, which are very high in minerals. It contributes a slightly sweet taste and a cakelike texture to the dough.
Buckwheat flour has a strong, tart, and earthy flavor and lends a grayish color to the finished product. We use it in small quantities because a little goes a long way.
Millet flour is ground from whole millet, and when added to bread, gives it a crumbly, dry taste and texture.
Oats have the highest protein and mineral content of all grains. They add that sweet and nutty "country" richness to bread.
Cracked wheat and bulgur are pieces of the wheat kernel. Bulgur is cracked wheat that has been parboiled and dried for faster cooking. It will absorb liquids more readily than cracked wheat.
Bran is the outer covering of the wheat kernel. It is added to bread recipes for texture, flavor, and fiber. Use it sparingly since too much bran (more than 1/3 cup in the small loaf, ½ cup in the medium loaf, or 2/3 cup in the large loaf) can inhibit the yeast's growth. Most supermarkets now carry miller's wheat bran in a box. Check the cereal or health-food section of your market.
Wheat germ is the tiny embryo of the wheat kernel. It contributes texture and a nutty flavor to whole-grain breads. If used in excess (more than ¼ cup per small or medium loaf or more than ½ cup per large loaf), it will inhibit the rising action of the yeast. Normally sold in jars, it's usually located in the cereal or health-food section of your grocery store.
Millet is a yellowish, round grain that resembles a mustard seed. It adds a crunchy texture and extra nutrition to your breads.
We had no difficulty locating the various whole grains used in these recipes at local natural-foods stores. The larger stores offer them both packaged and in open bins. Compare prices and we think you'll discover that buying them in bulk from the bins is a better deal.
Whole-grain breads do not rise as quickly as white-flour breads and are normally shorter, denser loaves when made in a bread machine. Most machines, however, take that fact into account and allow a longer rising period in the whole wheat cycle. Only white, wheat, and rye flours contain gluten; therefore, all wholegrain recipes require white and/or whole wheat flour as a base.
Whole-grain breads also brown faster and have a more robust flavor. If they are too dark for your liking, switch to the Light Crust setting when baking wholegrain breads.
It's important to note that whole-grain flours and wheat germ contain natural oils and will soon go rancid if stored at room temperature. You should always store them in airtight containers in the refrigerator or freezer.
Vital Wheat Gluten
Vital wheat gluten is an additive that gives bread extra strength and increased height. Vital wheat gluten is not a flour (don't confuse it with something labeled "gluten flour"). It is almost pure gluten, which is the flour's protein, and it is isolated in a long process that involves washing out the starch and then drying, grinding, and packaging the pure gluten that remains. It's especially useful when baking heavy whole-grain breads that need a boost. Use 1 tablespoon per cup of flour.
The very best water to use is bottled spring water. It has no chlorine and contains all the minerals the yeast needs to perform at its best. Avoid softened water. It's high in sodium.
When a recipe calls for buttermilk, fresh is best. If you don't use it that often, you can buy a small carton and store it in the freezer. Once defrosted, it will keep in the refrigerator for up to a month. Shake it well before using. Even more convenient is the powdered buttermilk found in cans, usually with the other powdered milks in your grocery or natural-foods store. It's best to store it in the refrigerator. There's no need to mix the buttermilk powder with water before adding it to the mix. Simply replace the buttermilk with water and add 1 tablespoon buttermilk powder to the other dry ingredients for every ¼ cup buttermilk called for in the recipe. For instance, if the recipe calls for ¾ cup buttermilk, substitute ¾ cup water and add 3 tablespoons buttermilk powder to the other dry ingredients.
A similar substitution can be made if you find yourself out of milk. Add ¾ to 1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk powder to the dry ingredients for each ¼ cup fresh milk called for in the recipe.
Fats add flavor and tenderness, and keep the bread from turning stale rapidly. (Note that the Authentic French Bread, has no fat in the recipe. As a result, it dries out and loses it fresh flavor in just a matter of hours.)
Margarine is fine to use but avoid the lower fat varieties because they contain more water than regular margarine and will affect the recipe. If you choose butter, select unsalted butter. It is usually fresher. Also, for your convenience, select a brand of butter or margarine that has tablespoon measurements marked on the wrapper.
Sweeteners such as granulated sugar, brown sugar, honey, molasses, corn syrup, maple syrup, and fructose add flavor and color to the bread crust and provide food for the yeast.
Use only large eggs. One large egg is equivalent to a scant ¼ cup liquid and it will add a golden color and a cakelike texture to the loaf. To eliminate cholesterol, you can substitute ¼ cup water, ¼ cup liquid egg substitute, or 2 egg whites for each whole egg. For vegans, there's a non-animal product called Egg Replacer. Look for it in health-food stores.
You can omit the salt in recipes if you are on a salt-restricted diet. However, the salt affects both the time it takes the dough to rise and the strength of the gluten formed. Your salt-free loaf will rise more rapidly and probably collapse during baking. Reducing the amount of liquid and yeast slightly might help. If not, try a Rapid Bake setting. Or consider using a "lite salt," such as Morton's, as long as it contains both potassium chloride and sodium. The easiest option of all: Cut the amount of salt in half in the recipes. Your bread will most likely still rise well, not sink too much, and taste almost the same as the original.
Yeast is a live fungus that feeds on sugar, ferments it, and produces carbon dioxide. Small bubbles of carbon dioxide are trapped in the gluten, the bread's weblike structure, and when they expand, the bread rises. To avoid killing the yeast, do not use liquids that are extremely cold or hot (over 115? F).
Since the yeast is often the most expensive ingredient in the bread, here's a money-saving tip: Buy your yeast in 1-pound or 2-pound bulk packages at one of those warehouse discount stores, such as Costco or Sam's Club, or at a wholesale restaurant-supply store. The savings are remarkable! Open the brick-hard, vacuum-packed bag of yeast and pour a little into a small, baby food–sized jar. Close the package, seal it well, and store inside a freezer bag in your freezer. It will keep for at least a year that way. Or share it with friends if you don't think you'll be using that much yeast in a year's time.
Not sure your yeast is still active? There's an easy way to test its potency. Place 1 teaspoon yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in 1 cup warm water (105 to 115° F) and wait 5 minutes. If the mixture doesn't start to foam in that time, it's time to replace your yeast.
Again, we recommend using only the freshest ingredients. This is especially true when it comes to Parmesan cheese, as noted in the recipe for Anita's Italian Herb Bread.
Several recipes call for sunflower seeds. We found that the raw unsalted seeds from the natural-food store bins were best. If you use salted seeds, reduce the amount of salt called for in the recipe. Always store seeds and whole grains in the refrigerator or freezer to avoid rancidity.
Potatoes, buttermilk, eggs, and oats add a wonderful rich flavor and moist texture to breads and rolls. Keep them in mind when you want to vary a recipe.
A Note for Those on Special Diets
If you are concerned about your cholesterol intake, you can substitute nonfat milk for whole milk and 2 egg whites or ¼ cup water or ¼ cup liquid egg substitute for each egg.
If you are a vegetarian who eats no dairy products, you can substitute water or soy milk for the milk or buttermilk, ¼ cup water for each egg, and vegetable shortening or oil for the butter or margarine in these recipes.
1½ teaspoons = ½ tablespoon
3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon
4 tablespoons = ¼ cup
5 1/3 tablespoons = 1/3 cup
16 tablespoons = 1 cup
You'll find that eighth-cup measurements are frequently used for measuring liquids. The measuring cup that came with your machine is probably marked in eighths. If not, use the following equivalents:
1/8 cup = 2 tablespoons
3/8 cup = ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons
5/8 cup = ½ cup + 2 tablespoons
7/8 cup = ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons
1 1/8 cups = 1 cup + 2 tablespoons
Tips for Baking the Perfect Loaf
There are so many things we've learned along the way about bread machines and baking bread. Most are contained in our second book, The Bread Machine Magic Book of Helpful Hints, but here are some we'd like to pass along to you now:
Great Breads Start with the Proper Dough Consistency
Experience will be your best teacher. If you're new at the bread-baking business, take time to look at and touch the dough several times during the mixing/kneading process. You'll soon develop a sense of the proper consistency for the perfect loaf. You're looking for a dough that forms a smooth, pliable ball after about 10 minutes of kneading. It will be slightly tacky to the touch. It shouldn't be crumbly. It shouldn't be sticky. It shouldn't leave traces of dough in the bottom of the pan as the mixing blade rotates. And it shouldn't be so stiff that the bread machine sounds like it's straining to knead it or about to stall. Some doughs can look perfect but have no give to them. Doughs that are stiff will invariably bake up into short, dense loaves. Think sensuous! What you're looking for is a dough that is warm, soft, alive — one that makes you want to pull it out of the machine and work with it for hours because it feels so wonderful.
Once in a while there are exceptions, when a dough should be wetter than normal or will take quite a while to pull moisture from various ingredients, but we let you know which recipes will produce an atypical dough. Read the "blurbs" at the start of the recipes. By the way, rye bread doughs will normally be on the wet side, so you need to allow for a moister dough in all rye bread recipes.
If the dough feels too dry or wet during mixing, add more liquid or flour to correct it, 1 tablespoon at a time. Often, all it takes is a tablespoon or two to correct it. If the mixing cycle is almost over, you can make the addition, stop the machine, and then restart it.
It's very important to use accurate and proper measuring equipment and techniques. Sometimes as little as 1 tablespoon liquid can make the difference between a great bread and a not-so-great one. Use a dry measuring cup for your flours and grains. They normally come nested in ¼-, 1/3-, ½-, and 1-cup sizes. Avoid using the measuring cup as a scooper! This has been the cause of many a short, heavy loaf. To measure your dry ingredients properly, gently spoon them into the cup (do not pack them down with the back of the spoon or tap the side of the cup to settle them), and then level them with a straight-edged knife or spatula. Why be a spooner rather than a scooper/ Because, when dipping down into your canister or bag of flour with the measuring cup, you can pack in at least 1 extra tablespoon of flour per cup, enough to make a big difference in your final product.
Use a clear plastic or glass liquid measuring cup for your liquids; set the cup on a flat surface and check the measurement at eye level.
When a recipe calls for more than 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, cut it into smaller pieces to ensure that it will blend well with the other ingredients.
If a recipe calls for both oil and honey, measure the oil first. The honey or molasses will then slide easily out of the tablespoon.
To make use of the last few drops of honey or molasses that coat the sides of the jar, remove the lid and place the jar in the microwave on High for 10 to 15 seconds. It will then pour easily into your measuring spoon.
Any ingredients that are heated or cooked on the stove should be allowed to cool to room temperature before you add them to the rest of the ingredients; otherwise, they will kill the yeast. We suggest, too, that you add the ingredients to the bread pan in the order listed, adding the yeast last. Avoid adding yeast directly on top of the salt or vice versa. The two don't mix.
Tips for High-Altitude Bakers
Try any or all of the following suggestions if your breads rise too quickly and deflate when baked due to lower pressure at high altitudes: Reduce the amount of yeast by about one-third, increase the salt by 25%, and add ½ to 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten per cup of flour. If all else fails, try baking your bread on the Rapid Bake cycle.
Store all whole-grain flours, bran, cracked wheat, bulgur, wheat germ, and nuts in sealed containers in the freezer or refrigerator to prevent them from turning rancid. They all contain natural oils and do not have a long shelf life.
If you plan to bake bread several times a week, make it as convenient for yourself as possible. We fill our canister sets with bread flour, sugar, nonfat dry milk powder, and oats. In the cupboard overhead we have containers of salt, honey, molasses, brown sugar, instant potato flakes, raisins, cornmeal, baking soda, herbs, and spices. With that arrangement, it's possible to toss together all the ingredients for a loaf of bread in just 5 minutes.
If you like to bake a wide variety of breads, we suggest having these ingredients on hand:
FLOURS: Bread, all-purpose (unbleached or regular), whole wheat, rye, barley, buckwheat, millet
LIQUIDS: Milk or nonfat dry milk powder, buttermilk or dry buttermilk powder
WHOLE GRAINS: Oats, wheat bran, wheat germ, cracked wheat or bulgur, millet
SWEETENERS: Granulated sugar, dark and light brown sugar, confectioners' sugar, honey, molasses
FATS: Margarine or unsalted butter, vegetable and olive oil, shortening
MISCELLANEOUS: Yeast, salt, instant potato flakes, eggs, sour cream, sunflower seeds, oranges, raisins, imported Parmesan cheese, various herbs and spices
Once a loaf is done, remove it from the bread pan as soon as possible. Even with the Cool Down and Keep Warm cycles, bread left to sit in the pan too long will turn damp and soggy on the outside.
Baked bread and rolls, if allowed to cool completely and wrapped well in plastic, foil, or plastic bags, can be frozen satisfactorily for 1 month. It's best to slice the bread first for convenience sake. We don't recommend refrigerating bread. Bread stales 6 times faster in the refrigerator than when stored at room temperature.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the second copy of this cookbook. I had the original and I literally wore it out. I am so glad it was republished with the larger bread size. Now I don't have to figure out what to add to make the 2 lb. loaf. Everything I have made is just wonderful.
this is my favorite bread machine book, i just love the dinner roll recipe and the sweet dough recipe. my family requests things from me out of this cookbook all the time .
I have tried other bread machine books and this one is the best! The book includes great tips, wonderful veriety of breads and has very easy to fallow recipes.
I bought this book shorty after being given my bread machine 5 years ago. It describes the purpose of each ingredient with a trouble shooting section, and describes many of the brands of bread machine with the idiosyncrasies of each. There are over 55 recipes that have kept us satisfied. I am very pleased with this book.
My son gave me a bread machine for Christmas about 5 years ago and I only tried using it once.The recipes in the book that came with my bread machine were a disaster for me. The First recipe I tried from this book came out great. I can't wait to try more recipes. My Local Whole foods market have all the ingredients I need.
This book is packed with simple and easy to follow recipies. Though I would be happier if they used something other than 5/8ths measure as I have to constantly flip back to convert it to a 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons (so much easier).
I sought this book after purchasing a Zojirushi Mini Breadmaker and having disastrous results with the recipes that came with the machine. I purchased Bread Machine Magic and read through the information on bread making. All the recipes that I've tried from this book have had great results. The book is very informative and great for novices.