Thursday, 24 January 2013

Home Made Bread

It's a pity smells can't be shared over the internet, like pictures, as there's nothing to beat the aroma of home baked bread to put a smile on your face and make you feel all warm and cosy, is there?

My bread machine is a few years old.  We used to use it a lot, mainly at the weekends when everyone was at home for lunch,  then life got a bit too busy and it fell out of use, eventually ending up stored in the shed!  Well, some nice crusty bread and a bowl of soup is just what's needed for lunch in this freezing weather so I dug it out and got it going again.   The only downside is having to start it off quite early in the morning when I'm half awake!  To make life easy I've put the right amount of flour, sugar and salt in tubs ready to just tip in with the water and yeast, then I just enjoy the smell wafting round the house for the next 3 1/2 hours :)



Just had some with a tin of Thai green curry soup.  Very tasty and spicy but I do think homemade is best.  I've ordered a new hand blender to make whizzing them up easier.  Also just bought a new load of plastic boxes from Lakeland.  How sad, getting excited about boxes!!  but I had a drawer full of different size ones without lids and vice versa so got fed up and chucked them all out.  The new ones all stack and have the same size jolly coloured lids.  Brilliant :)  ( Think I need to get out more lol)



Stay warm
xxx


29 comments:

  1. I actually find the bread machine far easier than buying it, and never buy bought bread anymore except for wraps. I have to put mine on the timer the night before though to be ready in the morning. However, the rapid white recipe is actually preferred by my lot, fresh bread in 1 hr 50mins! I have also been bemoaning my plastic shortages since we moved, so many containers with no lids that I was ruthless and paired everything up and chucked the rest. Chinese takeaway pots are brilliant but we never seem to have enough as we so rarely have takeaway! I will need to have a look at those colour coded ones you have, sad I am too! Fiona

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  2. I dare not buy a bread machine as I'd eat the whole loaf myself, with lashings of butter - my favourite food.
    I love the Lakeland boxes and have some of the same myself - we get through a lot as they go to school for packed lunches and are never seen again!

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  3. Oooh, I love how tidy - and pretty - your new boxes look. I also have lots of boxes that don't stack very well. Maybe I should pay a visit to Lakeland!

    Do you add the salt in with the flour and yeast in your boxes of bread mix? I'm just curious because Paul Hollywood always goes on about keeping the salt and yeast apart.

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    1. If you're doing it in advance then the sugar and salt should go in first with the liquid, then the flour, then the yeast on top. As I set it off straight away it's ok to have the dry ingredients mixed but I keep the yeast separate anyway. xx

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  4. There's nothing like homemade bread whether you do it in a bread machine or by hand, I've not bought bread for 3 years now as I always bake my own and it tastes so much better besides being healthier.

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  5. I love my bread machine - would not be without it. The last one broke down after only about 18 months so we had to get another. Different shape loaf - more upright- which I don't like much, but hey, the bread tastes the same! Should get some of those containers - mine are all odd as well.

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  6. We use our breadmaker every other day.

    We sometimes use it just to make dough which is then left overnight in the fridge to rise - just then needs shaping and baking.

    Have you ever set up the breadmaker to bake bread overnight so you wake up to the lovely smell?

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    1. I've thought about it, but it is a bit noisy and I like to keep and eye on it at the beginning to make sure it's all mixed in. xx

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  7. Isn't it funny what gets us excited in January - for me it's anything with clear bright colours!

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  8. Have just been looking at the latest Lakeland catalogue & getting ready to order some of those boxes - I'm so looking forward to them as, like everyone else it seems, have got mis-matched bits & pieces. I definitely should get out more as the Lakeland catalogue is one of my favourite things to read!

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  9. That post has my mouth watering :-) Great tip abuot mixing the salt and sugar in the liquid if you are doing it overnight too. Hadn't thought of that. Do you mind me asking what make your machine is? I had a fabulous Cookworks one from Argos that worked for almost 10 years but which died recently. I replaced it with the same one but I just can't get the bread right so i think I need to replace it.

    Thanks so much
    xx

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    1. Hi, I bought this one from Marks and Spencer years ago but I don't think they do them now.

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  10. The recipe included in my bread machine does not make very good bread. Could you post your recipe?
    Thanks!

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    1. The one I usually make is the basic medium size white loaf; 500g bread flour; 1 cup water, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1tbs sugar, 1 sachet yeast. A glug of olive oil in the water helps too.

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  11. Bread looks delicious! I have toyed with the idea of a bread maker but never got any further. Fronm the comments on here, maybe I should. LOve the organized boxes.
    June

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  12. There is nothing like the taste and smell of home made bread baking. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  13. Mmmm lovely. I use the rapid bake on my ancient machine and it always bakes well. The other setting I use often is the dough bake for when I make pizza. We too have been having lots of soup and bread, it really does warm you up!
    Jilly

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  14. I can smell it now! I love my old bread machine, but have started using the dough setting then brushing it with water for a soft crust and poppy seeds after it has rested on the baking sheet for an hour. A Saturday task me thinks!! xx

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  15. I agree there is nothing like the smell of home-made bread. I use mine a couple of times a week and also use it for making home-made jam too. That's a great tip about measuring out before hand and those stackable boxes look a good buy too.
    Sarah x

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  16. There's nothing quite like home baked bread and warming soup at this time of the year! I've just done a fun course on bread-making with home-made leaven and no kneading necessary!

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  17. Oh I think I can smell it all the way here in Florida! YUM.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  18. I have phases of using the bread machine - mine takes 4.1/2 hours - but at least you always get a perfect loaf. Your soup looks delicious - I have been making soup with anything I can get my hands on I thinks it's great that you can turn most things into soup - beats bought soup any day.

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  19. Can you set the bread maker to come on during the night so it's ready by the morning?? I love mine, mainly because hubby thinks it's his and makes me bread. :)
    x

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  20. There is something satisfying about being organised and hence saving time, so i can (sadly!) identify with your excitement over the new tubs!!!
    Your home must have smelt wonderful with the smell of fresh bread!
    I borrowed a friend's breadmaker to try out before buying, but it took a lot of space to store and so long to bake, so instead I stick to making Irish soda bread if we want homemade(no yeast or proving!)and bought an expresso machine instead!
    Gill xx

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  21. I so understand the box thing :)
    L.x.

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  22. Yummy home made bread! I keep meaning to buy some of those lovely boxes too, to replace all the varied ones we have that don't stack nicely! Love the colours too.
    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    Helen x

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  23. Hi, wat a great blog you have. I have been scrolling down and i love all your Posts . I am also a big fan of Kaffe Fasset. I see you have that new book of quilting in Sweden, it is on my wishlist . I have most of his books and after seeing your photo's I am sure I need it. LOL. I love those fabrics with all the little flowers and soft colors. I was in a quilt shop yesterday and I have been sighing when I saw his fabrics. Instead of buying some I bought wool for crocheting, another hobby of mine. I. Sure must go back soon, lol. I gave my bread machine to my son but I must ask him if he ever uses it, it tastes always better than any bread.
    I am your newest follower.
    Riet in Holland.

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  24. Good old Lakeland ... I love my Lakeland tubs too :D

    The bread ... I think I can smell it from here ... oh, the power of suggestion!

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  25. Oh! It's dangerous looking at Lakeland's web site especially as they have such lovely useful things. I did wonder where you got such organised containers from so now I know....They are so pretty too. They do lovely jam making items too - and cake baking goodies..... :o)

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