One of my ‘Reddit’ followers made Italian bread with this recipe!!
“I made this recipe, but substituted the milk with more water, and instead of letting the machine bake the bread, I used the dough program, then made a ball and let it rise in a greased bowl for an hour. After that I formed an Italian loaf and placed it in a cold oven. I turned the oven up to 450 F and baked the bread until it was done. It came out great! (The important thing of the recipe is the ratios, they’re spot on.)”
++ If you’re an experienced bread baker, give this a try. I know I will!
King Arthur Flour Company calls this recipe ‘Bread Machine Bread – Easy as Can Be’, but I prefer the name ‘Five-Star Bread’ because this recipe is so highly rated! The loaf bakes up super high with a lovely, springy texture – great for sandwiches, toast and French Toast.
Because ‘Five-Star Bread’ is made with a bread maker, you just add the ingredients, press a button and, in a few hours, you’ll be making sandwiches with freshly baked bread.
Judging from the reviews on the King Arthur Flour web site, it seems people have fallen in love with this sandwich bread. In fact a few people said they make this bread two to three times a week. You can’t have a better recommendation than that!
King Arthur Flour, based in Vermont (USA), has been in existence as a flour mill since 1790 – that’s a long, long time. I truly love their products. When we had our farm in Quebec we traveled back and forth between our ‘Yellow Farmhouse’ here in Massachusetts and our farmhouse ‘up north’ – and I loved to drop by King Arthur’s Flagship Store, aptly named The Baker’s Store, in Norwich, Vermont. If you’re ever in the New England area, I highly recommend dropping by!!
The King Arthur Flour’s Baker’s Hotline can answer and & all of your baking questions! 1-855-371-2253.
Directions for Large Loaf (1 1/2 – 2 lb.)
++ For a Smaller (1 lb.) Loaf — continue scrolling down.)
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1/3 cup lukewarm milk ++ warm, briefly, in microwave
- 3 Tbs. butter – slightly softened
- 3 3/4 cups all-purpose or bread flour
- 3 Tbs. sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast OR instant (bread machine) yeast ++ I used bread machine yeast
Follow your bread maker’s instructions for basic white bread. With my bread maker I set the machine to ‘Regular/Basic’, which takes 3 hours and 50 minutes. Enjoy !!
Instructions for Smaller (1 lb.) Loaf
- 2/3 cup lukewarm water
- 1/4 lukewarm milk ++ warm, briefly, in microwave
- 2 Tbs. butter
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose or bread flour
- 5 tsp. sugar
- 1 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. active dry yeast OR instant (bread machine) yeast
Follow your bread maker’s instructions for basic white bread. I know with my bread maker I set the machine to ‘Regular/Basic’. Enjoy !!