by Texas Homesteader ~
Recently I learned that bread machines have apparently changed for the better. Now I find I really love the convenience.
So I tweaked RancherMan’s favorite Honey/Oatmeal Sandwich Bread recipe to make a 2-Lb Loaf for a Bread Machine. I use that bread machine to whip up hot, fresh homemade bread for him several times a week.
Since I’m baking bread so often I went looking for ways to shorten my bread-baking tasks. Let me tell ya, whether using a bread machine or mixing & baking it up the old fashioned way, these shortcuts make homemade bread a breeze!
Weighing The Flour Instead
To measure flour properly for bread you need to spoon the flour into the measuring cup, then scrape the excess away with the flat edge of a butter knife.
If you just scoop the flour out it will be compacted. That means you’ll end up with way too much flour, resulting in a dense, heavy loaf that won’t rise correctly.
So although spooning in the flour is the proper way to measure it for bread, it takes so much more time when you’re measuring several cups for a recipe.
But weighing the flour instead of measuring is SO much faster! So I measured & weighed the amount of each of the flours for my recipe. Then I made notes of those weights to go with the measurements on my recipe card.
Now I simply tare the weight of an empty coffee can on my kitchen scale and start pouring in the flour until it weighs what I’ve noted in my recipe. FAST!
NOTE: I’ve heard that the weight of your flour could vary based on type, and even the humidity in your area. Although this is probably only an estimate, here’s a link from King Arthur Flour that gives estimated weights of a cup of flour.
Pre-Measured Bread Machine Packets Ready To Go
Since measuring out the dry ingredients is now so fast, I’ve pre-mixed several batches of the bread’s dry ingredients at one time. Using the weighing shortcut I can make up several bread ingredient packets in just minutes.
Although I’d prefer to store this mix in glass jars, the volume just doesn’t quite fit into even the largest jars I have. But at least I’ll be able to reuse these small baggies for years. They’re my own inexpensive convenience mix!
I keep all my bread ingredient packets in an empty but properly labeled coffee container along with a list of the wet ingredients needed for my bread. On bread-baking day I just bring out my bread machine, dump in the wet ingredients, top with my dry ingredients and my dry yeast. Then I simply push a button & walk away!
Work smarter, not harder…
Other Favorite Breads
- Soft Sandwich Bread
- Oatmeal Sandwich Bread
- No-Knead Rosemary Skillet Bread
- No-Knead Boule Bread
- Jalapeno/cheese Yeast Bread
- Basic Beer Bread
- Rosemary/Cheddar Beer Bread
- Pesto Beer Bread
- Homemade Country-Style Buttermilk Biscuits
- Leftover Biscuit Dough Cinnamon Rolls!
- Snappy Jalapeno/Cheese Biscuits
- Jalapeno Cornbread
- Corn Dodgers – A Delicious Accident
- Mix-n-Pour Tortillas
- Easy Corn Tortillas
- Sweet Pumpkin Bread
- Cantaloupe Bread w/Pecan Praline Glaze
- My Favorite Bread-Making Kitchen Feature
- Homemade Bread-Making Shortcuts, Tips & Tricks
- Bread Machine Recipe: Honey Oatmeal Bread
- Making My Own Oat Flour For CHEAP
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