Honestly, before I got a breadmaker for review, I was pretty adamant that I didn't need or want one. First, I started using the machine for kneading. Now, I bake in it once in a while. It's not a pretty loaf, but it's a fast and easy.
And when I say fast, this time I opted for the fast baking option, which is 1 hour 55 minutes from start to finish. Since breads develop more flavor with more time, a fast bread like this benefits from a little extra flavor in the ingredients. So I used one of my favorite flavor enhancers - semolina flour.
Semolina White Bread
1 teaspoon yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
3 ounces (by weight) semolina flour
2 cups (9 ounces) all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup water
Place all ingredients in the bread maker in the order specified for your machine - this is the correct order for the Panasonic machine that I have.
Push buttons. Beep beep, boop boop. Beeeep.
Wait until the bread is done. Remove bread pan from machine, remove bread from pan and cool on a rack.
And there we have it. Bread. Done. It took me less than 5 minutes to dump the ingredients in the pan, and I didn't need to think about it again until the machine beeped to tell me it was done.
This has been submitted to Yeastspotting.