Bread machines brought homemade bread back into the home. You may have made your first loaf of bread, when you were a little girl, with your Mom or grandmother. It also may have been the last homemade loaf of bread you made. Now, with some really good bread machine recipes, you can bring that special aroma and taste to your own family.

Basic Recipe

You can make almost any type of bread you like, when you begin with a basic recipe. This is a white bread recipe, but to make whole wheat bread, simply use equal portions of white flour and whole wheat flour.

Mix together 1 cup warm (not hot) water, 2 tbsp. honey and 1 (¼ oz.) package dry yeast in a small bowl. Place it in the bread machine pan and let it sit for about 10 minutes, until it is completely dissolved and foaming. Into the bread machine pan, pour ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, 3 cups all-purpose flour and 1½ tsp. salt. Press the Basic button and then the Start button.

That’s it. The bread machine will do the rest, and all you have to do is enjoy the yeasty scent that fills your home. Of course, the appreciation of your family will be equally as enjoyable.

Specialty Breads

Try something totally different from a traditional loaf. Follow the instructions from the basic bread machine recipe in the previous section to make any of these recipes.

Does your family love pizza? Then try some pizza bread. Use the ingredients for the basic recipe. Add any or all of the following: 1 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, ½ cup chopped pepperoni, 1/3 cup mixed cheeses (mozzarella, cheddar, Monterey Jack), 1/3 cup canned mushrooms or ¼ cup Italian herbs and spices (from the grocery store).

Sour cream and onion bread would be a natural accompaniment to a roast beef, steak, prime rib, roasted chicken or turkey dinner. To the basic recipe, above, add a package of dried soup mix and a cup of sour cream. Cut the water down to ½ cup, from 1 cup, or you will have too much liquid. This recipe works well with half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour.

How about a yummy dessert bread? This cinnamon bread is fine for breakfast toast or an after-dinner snack with hot chocolate. To the basic bread recipe, add ¾ cup packed brown sugar and 2 tbsp. cinnamon. Exchange butter for the extra virgin olive oil. If you like, add raisins and nuts to this recipe. Spread on a cream cheese topping for extra fun. Just mix a 3 oz. package of cream cheese with a cup of confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar) and ½ tsp. of vanilla.