Although I like kneading and shaping bread and baking a loaf in the oven, there are times when a bread machine makes a lot of sense. Making bread by hand isn;t that difficult. Using a stand mixer to do the kneading makes it even easier. But even so, you have to be around at the right times to complete each step.
With the bread machine, you only have to be around to put the ingredients into the machine, and you have to be there to remove the bread when it's done.
A loaf from a bread machine is never the prettiest thing in the world, but if you're making a sandwich or toast, that doesn't matter as much.
This bread is a little rich from the butter, just slightly eggy, and it's also soft and fluffy. It makes a good peanut butter sandwich (which is one of my major criteria for any sandwich bread) and it makes good toast as well.
Bread Machine (sort of) Brioche
1 teaspoon instant yeast
3 cups (13 1/2 ounces) bread flour
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg plus water to equal 1 1/4 cups liquid
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Add the ingredients to your bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer - they're all a little different. If you have optional settings on the machines, set it for a standard loaf, large, and dark crust.
Start the machine. When the bread is done, remove it from the machine and let it cool completely on a rack before slicing.
If you're curious, this is the bread machine I use: