So yes I am a bread machine slut. And while I have purchased Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day recommended by my pal, I have yet to make the incredibly simple, abundantly forgiving and delicious five-minute-a-day dough. Maybe tomorrow. Or the next day.

For now, after a lot of heartache over dense, flavorless bread I have found the *perfect* bread machine recipe. Or two. I'll start with our not-favorite so as to lead the reader to a climax of nook-and-cranny, blissful-crust-and-crumb seedy, luscious, everyday perfection for toast and sandwich and dinner accompaniment...ahem, for now, the cornmeal molasses loaf that is really good too.

:: cornmeal molasses bread ::

1 cup water
1/4 cup molasses
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour*
1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

* I am annoyed with everyone calling for bread flour. Not necessary, in my limited but resolute experience. Unbleached, white flour is best.

The bread is simple and lovely. It dries out quickly so it is best to make when you have a very hungry husband and a 14 month-old who love it. Or some sort of similar scenario.

(also, nobody told me that the bread machine bread looks like a total disaster when it is mixing and not to fret and scrape the sides of the pan like mad woman who fears bread with chunks of flour in the crust. Because it always mixes just swell).

And, now, the epic seedy creation. I was initially inspired by a recipe but it wasn't quite there for me. The loaf had delicious flavor but was a scosch dry and dense. And I really wanted cornmeal in there. Like, in a bad way. So this is where I landed and oooh boy. It's tasty. And makes a mean toast with eggs from chickens in your backyard or tuna sandwich or just a fist full with a roast or whathaveyou. It's really effing good.

:: seedy bread ::

3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons water
4 teaspoons honey
5 teaspoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cup flour
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
3 tablespoons flax seed
2 tablespoons sesame seed
2 teaspoons poppy seed
2 teaspoons active dry yeast

throw in the machine, light crust, normal setting.

It also dries out a bit quick (like three-four days) but we don't have a problem devouring the entire loaf in two days. It has become our staple. Really, I could live on bread, cheese, vegetables, fruit and adult beverages so seeking this easy-as-pie (maybe the expression should change to easy-as-seedy-bread-machine-loaf) recipe just makes me so so happy. Try it and tell me what you think.


Chiot's Run said...

I love baking bread. Although I'm quite the opposite, I love to spend long hours searching for that perfect artican bread. I love kneading for 10 minutes and I love the several day wait for the perfect ciabbatta. My kitchen cupboards are stocked with various grains that I grind fresh for my breads. My kitchen is also stocked with various baking tools like a bakers couche a dough scraper and various large glass bowls for overnight proofing. I love the process of making a good loaf of bread almost as much as I enjoy eating a delicious bread.

Although I must add that I don't have children, so perhaps that affords me the time to invest in searching for the perfect bread (or pehaps it's just that pesky personality trait that makes me search for perfection in everything no matter the cost).

dig this chick said...

Chiot: I can't wait for the days when I can invest in bread the way you do! For now, the quick and dirty loaf that is made with whole grains and organic ingredients for a fraction of the local bakery's price is what I am after.

Grinding your own flour? dang, sister. That's impressive!

Tammi Salas said...

Small world...again. I'm returning the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes book to my mobile library tomorrow. I wasn't hip on it and really wanted a beautiful loaf (like you have pictured). Ironic that you posted this today, as I just asked my best friend to send me her breadmaker that she has been storing in her garage. She used it a few times and I told her I would love to take it off of her hands. It's in the mail. I'll definitely try your recipes.

Chicken research in full swing. It's raining a bunch here and we'll work on converting old greenhouse into chicken coop. How many eggs do you get a week from your three hens? My little boy is going to sell our eggs to the store we used to own (www.gourmetaubay.com). I used to sell a neighbors eggs for $5 per dozen and the locals love them. My husband is allergic to eggs, but can eat fresh eggs with no hospital visits!

Take care.


Heather said...

Ha! A surefire way to get a lazy lurker to comment is to link to her! I must remember this. Still here lady, no doubt. Effing busy and alla that. Your seedy bread looks amazing and has reminded me how much I like bread with bonus non-flour things in them. Maybe I will just throw some seeds in my dough next time.

P.S. Bug sure is cute in her skiing gear.


jen said...

the artisan bread book is awesome! i've tried several at a friend's house ... and i've been meaning to buy it for weeks ...

but my absolute most favorite part of this post was your confession that you could live on bread, cheese, veggies, fruit ... and adult beverages. please can i come over for dinner?

Kelle said...

sounds delightful. you had me at "blissful crust-and-crumb seedy." and then it elevated with the rest until, by "toast with eggs from chickens in your backyard" i was ready to swipe my credit card for a wheat-grindin', dough-siftin' machine. oh, and chickens. and i have no place to put them.
i picture that lovely bread toasted with a healthy spread of your peach butter. divinity. especially that there sweet baby at the end.
xoxo smoochas.

Zamma said...

Can I make the Seedy Bread w/out a bread machine? My mouth is watering! xoxo

sarah said...

will you explain to me what the bread machine does? it mixes and cooks? i want one!

FinnyKnits said...

I've never given in to the Bread Machine calling, but that seedy bread looks HOT.

I love the diet, too. I could live that same way, yet Bubba would be angry that we were BBQ-free. We need it in our lives.

Katie said...

Thanks for posting the bread machine recipes. I have made no-knead bread, but I really enjoy making it with a bread machine. Less to think about in an already crowded brain I suppose.

Alana said...

Yea the jumper fits - glad to get a little peak here on the other blog! The bread looks scrumptious; I could live on bread, cheese, fruit, and adult bev's too!

cat said...

I used to make a batch of bread every other day. I always used regular flour - never anything that said "bread" on it...just flour.

And it always worked out fine. I had a favorite bowl...green ceramic that I used to rise the bread. I'd put it on top of the water heater in the water heater closet...and it worked out great.

I miss making bread. damn. I never did buy a bread machine. I was afraid I'd do something the wrong way, and was too set in my system.

TRB Holt said...

You have quite a following Burb! I am not used to not being in the "TOP 10" to post. Nonetheless, I may just have to buy a bread machine. I bought my usual bread just yesterday, $3.29 & nothing like your breads are. The $ is not so much the issue as just making the perfect sandwich on homemade bread, & you know I LOVE my sandwiches....especially if someone makes it for me, why is that?

AND our sweet Bug sampling the end result is the perfect finish to this post!

xo, Mom

dig this chick said...

Sarah: Yes, with a bread machine, your throw it all in a pan, close the lid and press a button. Three hours later, bread!

Alana: LOVE the jumper. Thanks!

Finny: if you love the crock pot, well then. The bread machine will make you swoon.

Ma: I know! So much more affordable and fun!

Cat: It's like riding a bike...I fall in and out of the habit but when I get back in it, I'm all why haven't I been doing this? It's so easy and satisfying?

katie: yes! Too crowded brain=bread machine lover.

Zamma: I believe it should be fine. You'd just knead and let rise as you would with a regular ole loaf and then toss in the oven.

Kelle: When you come to Montana I will serve you homemade bread with peach butter daily.

Tammi: really with the egg allergy? That is amazing. Good luck with your new bread machine! Also, was the artisan loaf fugly or something? do tell.

dig this chick said...

Oh and I missed two! shit.

H! Glad to have you here. Look forward to hearing about your seedy bread. And, yeah, bug is sweet sweet.

Jen: the next time you are in Missoula, come on over for dins!

The Hip Homemaker said...

I just got my mom's hand-me-down machine at Christmas and I have tried a few things, but most have been big fat flops. I'm going to try one of these this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration! Oh, and see you tomorrow night to party!

Joan said...

I love margot's curl. I tried to make bread with a mixmaster once. Once, key word. The thing had dough hooks so I set the machine a goin and left the room. When I came back the dough had worked its way up the hooks and into the motor. The fun happened when the dough bagan to rise. It came out of every slit, crack, vent possible. We went breadless that night.

Tammi Salas said...

I ended up buying a breadmaker from a nice lady locally. Tried both of your recipes and they turned out perfect. Thanks for the recipes and inspiration.

April said...

yeah, i know, it's 8 months later, but the seedy bread is busy mixing in the bread maker! thanks for the recipe, dig. i'm so glad i thought about it. i'm sure looking forward to dinner. i think a fist full of this bread will rock with my roast!!

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