This recipe started with a recipe from the booklet that came with our Breadman bread maker. I like it because it’s an uncomplicated recipe that always makes a great loaf of bread and doesn’t need “supervision.” I do check the dough ball at the beginning of the mixing cycle and add water if necessary… usually less than a tablespoon… but that varies from day to day.
I have made a few changes to the recipe. The original recipe for this bread does not include an egg… instead of all purpose flour, I use organic white whole wheat flour… I also substitute orange juice for part of the water. (The orange juice acts as a dough conditioner to produce a soft white bread that is excellent for sandwiches. And no, you do not taste the orange juice in the finished bread. More about this and making salt-free bread in an upcoming post.)
Here’s the original recipe with the changes I have made in parentheses:
1 1/4 cups water (or the way I do it… 1 egg plus approximately 1/4 cup orange juice plus enough water to equal 1 1/4 cups)
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups all purpose flour (I use organic white whole wheat flour)
2 teaspoons yeast
I add all the ingredients in the order listed and use the basic program with the light crust setting. This recipe makes a two-pound loaf.