Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Bread for the Bread Machine

If you are trying to sell your house or want to make a delicious treat for guests, this is the recipe for you! It is by far our favorite item via the bread machine. Consumed warm from the bread machine or toasted a few days later, it will not disappoint.

Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Bread:
  • 1 1/4 cup milk;
  • 3 cups bread flour;
  • 3/4 cups oats (I use old fashioned);
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar;
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt;
Dump into baking canister. Push all four sides up, creating a well in the middle

  • 2 tbsp butter, cut into 4 pieces. Place one piece in each corner;
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast or 1 1/2 tsp fast rise yeast (I use fast rise). Pour into the well you created in the center.
Insert baking canister into bread machine, lock into place. Select the "sweet" setting. It will beep about 15 minutes into the process. When it does, lift the lid and dump in 1/2 cup raisins. Walk away and in just under 4 hours you will have a lovely bread. Crunchy on the outside, moist and yummy on the inside.

Lessons I've learned with my bread machine. Add ingredients to the baking canister with the canister outside of the bread machine. Should anything fall over the edge, which is easy when working with flour, it may land on the element. And just about the time you need to add the raisins the entire thing will be smoking enough to set off a smoke detector.

Thanks to my devoted reader at Midwest Potato Blog for emailing with questions about using a bread machine. A "previously owned" model had made its way to her home and she was looking for suggestions. She had found the manual on-line with a Google search, but the 30 page owner's manual was not an easy read.

If you are frugal and looking for a bread machine, I suggest stores like Savers, Hospice Thrift, St. Vincent de Pauls, or Goodwill. They have endless models, and manuals can be downloaded from the web.

2 comments:

  1. Yum! I have been doing the Bread in 5 thing and loving that, so for someone who is bread-machine-less, I suggest it as a frugal homemade bread alternative. Their website is http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/
    I don't have a pizza stone for the freeform loaves but use a cast iron pizza pan.

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    1. Thanks for commenting Cindy. I am not familiar with Bread in 5....tell me more!

      The machine we have was inherited from an aunt who passed away. My earlier one was a Hospice Thrift store find for about $12. If you'd like to add one to your kitchen and don't want to pay for new, there are usually quite a few in the 2nd hand shops. Manuals can be downloaded for free using an internet search.

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