Frolicking Food Scientist and Fiber Fanatic
 
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There are few things in life better than homemade bread.  Just the smell of it has orchestrated instant marriage proposals; motivated children and teenagers to instant obedience; brought about world peace.....ok, maybe not world peace but I'm willing to bet it wouldn't hurt the efforts.

This is how my Mom made homemade bread - kneading by hand, lots of flour, lots of effort, lots of time....you get it.  Probably why not many of us busy working Moms make bread by hand anymore.  Below are 2 modern conveniences that have revolutionized the process.
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The bread machine, and the dough hook for my Kitchen-Aid mixer.  Both items make the messiest and trickiest part of mixing homemade bread  - the kneading - a breeze.  Too often it's easy to add too much flour while kneading, resulting in a heavy, tougher  loaf of bread.

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I like using the bread machine to mix and knead the dough.  Check the manual for your particular bread machine, but I add the wet ingredients first, then the dry ingredients on top. I like to make a 'well' in the flour and add the yeast last.  I start my bread machine and use it on the 'dough' setting - this is where I'm a bit old fashioned....I like to bake my loaf in my oven in a traditional loaf pan.

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Finished!   Now to find the butter and pear preserves.....

 


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