I’m a bread lover—I mean I’m plumb foolish for bread!
At most meals, I’d rather have the bread than whatever else is served. I like biscuits, I like cornbread, I like rolls-I like bread!
When The Deer Hunter and I were first married Miss Cindy shared her sourdough starter with me and for a good long while I made sourdough bread.
Somewhere along the way Miss Cindy decided to get a bread machine and give it a try. After she got the hang of using the machine she found us one at a local thrift store and showed me how to use it. The bread machine came with a cookbook which has recipes ranging from regular sandwich bread to elaborate Danish pastries.
Miss Cindy wanted a basic bread for sandwiches, but one hearty enough to be served with a meal too. When none of the recipes from the booklet satisfied her she made up her own bread recipe.
Her recipe is so good I glued my hand written copy inside the cover of one of my cookbooks for easy access because I knew it would be my go to loaf bread recipe and all these years later I’m still making it.
- 3 cups of unbleached bread flour (all purpose works too!)
- 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup quick cooking oatmeal
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 heaping tablespoons of peach or apple jelly (or 2 heaping tablespoons of sugar if you don’t have or don’t want to use jelly)
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 teaspoon yeast
The best thing about using a bread machine is you pour all the ingredients except the yeast in together (the yeast goes in a separate place) turn it on and forget it.
The bread machine Miss Cindy found for us is a Panasonic SD-YS200. Bread machines can be pricey, but by keeping an eye out at thrift stores and yard sales Miss Cindy has managed to nab several for friends and family at a good price. I’m still using the bread machine Miss Cindy gifted us with.
Once I add the ingredients, I choose the Basic Bread option which takes four hours. If I’m in a hurry or just want my bread faster I choose the Rapid Basic Bread option which takes three hours.
I’ve never tried it, but I’m sure Miss Cindy’s recipe would work well if you made it without the bread machine and went by a basic sandwich bread’s rise and bake times.
Once the bread is baked and out of the machine, I let it cool and then slice the loaf down the middle long ways so I end up with two smaller loaves.