Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cinnamon Walnut Bread - overnight in the bread machine

A while back I got a bread maker to review, and although I was initially skeptical about whether it would be useful or not, I've started to like it. It does a great job kneading. Oh, sure, I could knead by hand or with my trusty KitchenAid stand mixer. And most often, I do use my stand mixer.

But the bread machine is handy when I don't have time for anything but dumping in the ingredients and pulling out either finished dough or a finished loaf.

I'm still running the machine through its paces. One feature I hadn't tried yet was the timer. When you make a loaf of bread, you should take it out of the machine then it's done. If you delay the start of the process, you can have a loaf ready when you're ready for it.

The other thing I hadn't tried yet was the unfortunately-named raisin dispenser. I don't like raisins. But it was a prefect way to add the walnuts at the appropriate time. The interesting thing about walnuts is that even though they're not very dark, they turn the bread an interesting color. Check out the photos. Yep, that's what color the bread is.

So there I was one evening thinking that I might like a loaf of bread in the morning. This was the result.

Cinnamon Walnut Bread

2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 cups (13 1/2 ounces) bread flour
1 teaspoon instant yeast

2 tablespoons butter
1 1/4 cup water
1/2 cup walnuts

Put the sugar, salt, cinnamon, and bread flour and butter in the bread machine. Put the yeast on top of the dry ingredients. Put the walnuts in the dispenser. Pour the water around the outer edge of the bowl - you don't want to get the yeast activated yet.

Set the timer, as desired. Remove the loaf from the machine when it is done.

This has been submitted to Yeastspotting.


Sherri M said...

I think I'd like a bread machine for just the reasons you state. I'd like to wake up and have it made, instead of letting it rise overnight, then having to bake it. I could grab the finished product and head out the door. But as I'm new to bread making, I'll just keep practicing and when I get better, then I'll add one. Thanks for letting me know they are worth having.

Winnie said...

Tje loaf look great, and I really love the cinnamon-walnut addition

Daddyvan said...

This recipe turned out really good, thank you

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