Put a bread machine to work for home-baked bread with very little work and without heating up your home. Just dump wholesome, organic ingredients into the baking cylinder, set the timer so it bakes at night, then wake up to fresh bread for toast and sandwiches.
Update: In June 2016, it cost just $1.75 a loaf using mostly organic ingredients. (I can't find organic wheat germ or sorghum.) That's just 22 cents for two half-slices, enough for a sandwich! Now also see the nutritional information at the bottom of this recipe.
Here's how to make Good Whisk Bread in a Dak or Welbilt bread machine.
You can use this recipe in other machines that call for about 3 1/2 cups of flour per loaf. Check the directions for your machine. Some bread machines call for the liquid ingredients to be added first.
See below the recipe to learn what a bread machine costs and what it saves.
Good Bread-Machine Bread, Whisk Style
Active time: 5 minutes. Total time: 3 hours. One loaf with about 16 half-moon slices.
- 2 1/4 teaspoons rapid-rise or instant yeast (one packet)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (240 grams)
- 1 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour (150 grams)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sorghum syrup or golden molasses
- 1/4 cup wheat germ (32 grams)
- 1 1/2 cup water
- Put all ingredients into the bread machine in the order listed and close the lid. You don't need to grease the pan. Set the baking cycle to white bread, set the timer if desired, and turn the machine on. (I set the timer for 4 a.m. so it's had a chance to cool and stabilize before I slice it at six.)
- When the bread has finished baking, remove the cylinder and pop out the loaf.
- Hook your finger through the hole in the paddle and pull it out.
- Slice and enjoy! The bottom two slices will have indentations from the paddle, but just slice along the paddle line to make them barely noticeable.
- Keep at room temperature for about four days wrapped in a tea towel or a plastic bag.
About Bread Machines and the Wildly Affordable Organic Kitchen
You may recall from my book that I had a miserable failure the first night of the Cook for Good experiment because I used the wrong type of yeast in my bread machine. And you may also recall that I spent three months developing the Good Whisk Bread recipe so you don't need to have a bread machine to make healthy, delicious bread at home without having to pay for a bread machine. But these marvelous machines cost less than you might think and pay for themselves quickly.
What bread machines cost
You can scrimp or splurge on a new bread machine, paying $60 to $280. Want a faster payback? Get one for $30 or less on eBay, through Craig's List, at a thrift store, or at a yard sale. You may be able to get one in exchange for few loaves of bread if you ask around: who knows how many of your Facebook pals have one gathering dust?
Update: My DAK finally gave out. I'm now using a Zojirushi bread machine I got through Craig's List. This recipe works perfectly in it as well.
What bread machines save
- Save about two dollars a loaf making organic bread at home. Two dollars for five minutes of work: that's $60 an hour! And you can do it in your PJs while listening to the music of your choice.
- Save energy by heating up a very targeted area instead of your whole oven. There's no pre-heating, so all that heat doesn't whoosh out into your kitchen when you open the oven door.
- You'll gain flexibility: set the bread machine to bake while you are asleep or at work (after reading any fire-hazard warnings in the instructions). I feel like Judy Jetson waking up to bot-made bread!
- You'll save time. Hand-made Good Whisk Bread takes twenty minutes for two loaves and about eighteen minutes if you cut the recipe in half to just make one loaf. Making a loaf of bread machine bread takes just 5 minutes because you don't grease the pan, don't stir, don't kneed, and don't shape. In fact, making bread-machine bread takes less time than dashing to the store to buy a loaf.
- You'll save your hands and wrists. If you ache from arthritis or overuse, let the bread machine do the kneading. When I hurt my shoulder last year, I let the bread machine do the hard work, then I just shaped the bread, let it rise again, and baked it in the the oven.
Per serving assuming 8 servings per loaf.