How about starting your day off with some homemade bread that is as easy as a touch of a button? This is one of my many favorite recipes from King Arthur Flour using my 1 pound Mini Zo (Zojirushi) Bread Machine. It is so easy to use, just add the ingredients and push start and in about 3-1/2 hours you have some yummy bread. This particular recipe is very healthy too and I highly recommend it if you have a bread machine. The flavor is outstanding and is good on its own or you can always toast it and add a pat of butter or better yet some of Grandma’s Applesauce which is the way I like it.
This might not be a “fancy” recipe but I think appropriate as it is something different for Friday Feast #8 at The Novice Gardener’s site where so many delicious recipes have already been posted. Celebrating spring with a good loaf of bread, my Gene would give his thumbs up 🙂
As you can see from the display on the front of the machine you can make all kinds of delicious items; cookies and pasta dough, cakes, jams, cookies, croissants, doughnuts, rolls; in addition to all of the different types of bread such as white, whole wheat, French, raisin, cheese and onion and the list goes on and on. You can just use the knead and/or rise cycle for something like a baguette and then bake them in your oven.
If you want to have some fun with a kitchen gadget get yourself one of these. There are many brands in addition to Zojirushi such as Panasonic, Sunbeam, West Bend, Hitachi and so on. If you want to see the other recipes I have posted so far using my Bread Machine just search Mini Zo.
The dough first rests for 30 minutes…
Then the dough kneads for 30 minutes…
It takes 2 hours for the dough to rise…
And finally about 60 minutes to bake!
If you have a bigger family you might consider a 2 pound bread machine, also a Zojirushi. My niece Bethany with her first loaf of bread from the Zojirushi 2 pound bread machine which I gave her when I bought a smaller model.
You can eat it alone or toast it and spread a pat or two of butter on top. Or my favorite is to use my Grandma’s Applesauce. This is a Fall ritual where I use Cortland apples and cook them all day until the applesauce gets a deep pink color and is rather thick. If you like to can/freeze please check out this old treasured family recipe. The applesauce has no sweeteners or spices added to it, just the wholesome goodness of the apples. Toasted with a pat of butter – delicious!
Toasted and spread with the best applesauce in the world 🙂
I love this “toy” or “kitchen gadget” and the bread always comes out perfect; not like a few of my bread baking experiences.
Oatmeal, Walnuts and Maple Bread for the Mini Zo Bread Machine
- 2/3 cup walnut pieces, toasted if desired (I always like to toast my nuts for additional flavor)
- 1-3/4 tsp. instant yeast
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. warm water (110°F)
- 2-1/2 tbsp. good Michigan maple syrup
- 1-1/2 tbsp. unsalted, melted butter
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1-2/3 cups unbleached bread flour
Place the ingredients in the order given above in your bread machine. Set the machine for the white bread cycle and either regular or firm. Press start and go do other things. In about 3-1/2 hours your bread will be done. Allow time to cool for easier slicing and then enjoy!
Recipe by cooking with aunt juju
Two favorite resources besides my Mini Zo’s manual which gives all kinds of great recipes. I especially favor the one on the left and it has been my “bible” for over 20 years.