Best Bread Machine Bread
Great and simple recipe! Some advice from a long-time bread baker:
1) Don't worry about mixing the yeast and water in the bread machine. This is just fine! This allows you're yeast to bloom and become active, and is the norm for traditional hand methods. THE EXCEPTION is if you are using a delay cycle for your machine (i.e., throw it together in the morning, and have it start 4 hours later).
2) To keep the dough from falling apart, as a few had problems with, it's important to give the bread a 'peek' once or twice during the kneading cycle. If it is crumbly or in pieces, just add a little water about 1 teaspoon at a time. In general, a wetter load is better than a dry one. The ideal dough is still slightly tacky, yet will stay together when kneaded.
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Mar. 29, 2012