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.