Is it possible to do daily bread making? In a modern life? It is if you have a few tools and techniques on hand.
A few years back Kirk surprised me with a Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme 2-Pound-Loaf Breadmaker (there’s a mouthful!) to replace my worn out old bread machine. Since then, daily bread has become so easy to make. Mostly because the bread looks like a normal loaf. The machine has a long pan, with 2 dough paddles inside. Most machines have one paddle, and are square-ish in shape, and bake up tall. This means you can actually make sandwich bread!
This machine has allowed me to make nearly daily bread (3 boys go through a lot!), and without a lot of time invested. The biggest key is prepping it ahead of time, as seen above. I measure out the ingredients and put the flour in a quart mason jar (use a funnel), and any leftover flour (a quart holds about 4 cups all-purpose flour) goes into a second jar, along with any salt, dry milk, sugar, or other dry ingredients. You can prep out weeks of this mind you! *Update: I now gently rap the jar to settle the dry ingredients, and use a spoon to help push the flour down, and can fit it all into the quart mason jar.
Then, when ready to bake, I add in the water called for, any oil or butter, the dry goods, and then measure out my yeast. It takes less than 5 minutes to get a loaf going.
My favorite recipe:
White Sandwich Loaf
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, or olive oil
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp fine sea salt
- 4¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp dry milk
- 2 tsp yeast
Add ingredients in order listed. Set loaf for white bread.
If you have a large enough bread machine (2 pound capacity), just follow the method for adding ingredients that it calls for. Zoji’s warm the ingredients for you (this is why a cycle takes longer), so with other machines you would need to use warm water instead, and stack the ingredients as above.
Once fully cooled, store in a sealed bread bag, and use within 2 days for best results. This slices well for freezing. We take out slices at night, put in a sandwich box, and let thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Makes one 2 pound loaf.