I AM ECSTATIC! I've been trying to make a really good bread with my new bread machine for weeks. I came across this recipe and decided to try it, using the dough cycle and finishing the bread in the oven.
WHEN THE DOUGH CYCLE WAS COMPLETED, I removed the dough from the bread machine;preheated the oven to 200 degrees (turning it off immediately after it reached 200 degrees); I cut the dough in half; shaped my loaves (I made two from this recipe); decided to just use a baking sheet (no bread pan); lined my baking sheet first with foil (I hate a mess) then placed greased parchment paper (I buy the sheets, and used only one) on top of the foil; placed my loaves on the baking sheet; covered the loaves with a greased sheet of waxed paper, then a kitchen towel, and placed them in the warm oven to raise for about 30 minutes (till they doubled in size). I then took them out of the oven(keeping them covered till the oven was heated); heated the oven to 350 degrees and immediately placed the loaves on the center rack and baked for about 24 minutes - till the crust was nice and brown, then checking for a nice hollow sound when I knocked on the bottom of the loaf with my knuckles.
They were beautiful and delicious. YAY!
You're my hero "SHECOOKS2." Mucho Gracias
PS: The only thing I changed, was to increase the salt to one and one half teaspoons. A professional baker, online, recommended that for a good loaf you need to use a half teaspoon of salt per cup of flour.
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I AM ECSTATIC! I've been trying to make a really good bread with my new bread machine for...