I was going to post my favorite bread machine recipe for all those of you who have bread machines. And then I decided I wanted to make a loaf before I posted.
And then my machine decided to die 5 minutes into the cycle. It would seem the main bearing has went out of it.
So I decided to dump the dough out, knead it, throw it in a bowl to let rise, and see what I could salvage.
But now... now this recipe is not only my favorite bread machine recipe BUT it's now my all around favorite recipe! It can be made in your machine OR by hand and turns out wonderfully!
It is different how it's put together.... this is no typo. Be sure to go against most bread machine's manufacturers recommendations and put together the bread just as typed.
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C) cost: For the sake of argument .01
2 tablespoons white sugar cost: .02
1 package bread machine yeast cost: I by the jar, .47
1/4 cup vegetable oil cost: .08
3 cups bread flour cost: .49
1 teaspoon salt cost: .01
Place the water, sugar and yeast in the bread machine pan. Let the yeast dissolve and foam for 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes, add the oil, flour and salt to the yeast. Select Basic or White Bread setting and press start.
Now when my machine's beater started to whip around it made a couple of passes and then nothing.
I dumped all out of the pan into a bowl and started mixing and kneading with my hands, just folding it over and over. I did this about 50 times. Oiled the top of the ball, flipped over and oiled the bottom of the ball and flipped it back over. I placed saran wrap over the bowl and let rise for about 1 1/2 hours. I then punched the dough down, pinched off walnut size pieces, shaped into balls with smooth tops and dropped two balls into each buttered muffin tin. I covered the tins once again, let them rise for approximately 1 hour, threw them in a 375 degree oven for 11 minutes and this was the best dinner rolls I've ever made!
The total cost for this recipe was $1.08. It made 12 dinner rolls and 1 1 pound loaf of bread. It would make approximately 1 2 pound loaf of bread.