I love baking with my kiddos, and a bread machine is an easy way to get them in on some baking action! When I was young, I loved to watch my grandpa make fresh bread. The aroma of his baking bread was divine, and I could hardly wait to take a bite of his delicious creations. Looking back, I wish younger me would have had the foresight to learn his tricks for the perfect loaf (apparently, I was too busy eating the dough)! February is his birthday month, and although he is no longer on this side of heaven, I think of him every time I smell fresh, warm bread! I am excited to share how my kids and I create that sweet smell of fresh-baked bread in our own home!
It’s true that bread machines leave a lot to be desired when it comes to the appearance of a loaf, but my two-year-old couldn’t care less about that. (Truthfully, the bread is usually cut and enjoyed before anyone would have the time to notice its shape, anyway.) Both of my children thoroughly enjoy dumping in the ingredients and making their own bread, and the smile on their faces as they watch others enjoy their creation and their declarations of “I made that bread!” followed by, “Do you like it?” are priceless!
This is our favorite recipe for the bread machine. It gives off that sweet aroma of baking bread with very little effort!
Follow along as my little lady shows how to make your very own great-smelling loaf! 🙂
Bread Machine Bread
For this recipe, you will need:
A bread maker
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
⅓ cup white sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
3 cups bread flour
2 ½ teaspoons bread machine yeast
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Place ingredients in the bread maker according to the manufacturer’s directions. If you don’t have the directions, just add ingredients as directed below! 🙂 QUICK TIP: take care not to get ingredients on the heating elements, or the smell may not be so lovely (Speaking from experience)!
Put the liquids into the machine first.
Next, add your flour, then add the salt and sugar.
Last, add the yeast!
Select the sweet bread setting for a 1 ½lb loaf.
Once finished, allow the bread to cool, then enjoy!
I hope the aroma of freshly-baked bread will fill your home soon, and that you will make some sweet memories of your own!
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