This weekend my family had the honor of participating in our church wide garage sale. All the proceeds will be sent to an orphanage in Haiti. Our youth minister and his wife are in the process of adopting two children from this particular orphanage and have seen first hand how much the money is needed and know it will be put to excellent use. OLTCH (Operation Love the Children of Haiti) is a refuge for children in need of rescue. We raised over more money than we could have imagined for the facility and are praising God for it! It was a tiring event, but so rewarding. My husband and I enjoyed showing our daughter the joy which come when we help others. She learned what it means to do for others and why we need to help these in need. I encourage you to participate is such in events with your family, they become great teaching moments for your children.
While sorting through items for the sale, I was drawn to an electric bread machine which had been donated. I know how great you ladies are in the kitchen – and your baking skills blow me away. So many of you post your homemade bread and dough recipes. I am always in awe of your ability to bake everything from scratch! Now I will try my hand at it as well. Granted, most of you do not even use a bread maker – however, you have to start somewhere and the price was right. And, of course, the money is going to a good cause. So, the bread machine came home with me!
Now, I need something from you. If you are a baker of bread and have a favorite recipe, I would LOVE to hear from you. I suspect many of you have posts of bread and dough recipes on your blog. Would you leave a link to those recipes in the comments section? I know everyone would enjoy having the links. Or, maybe you want to share your bread recipe for this weeks link up. That would be great as well. Of course, if you have a recipe specific for the bread machine – I would be extra grateful for that.
After all this talk of homemade bread, are your ready to bake your own? Below are two recipes- one for a bread machine and one made the good old fashion way. I hope you find one of these perfect for you. And to you gluten-free women, I love to read your recipes and see what you can do without gluten in your dishes.
The bread machine recipe I am sharing is the first recipe I used with my bread machine. The garlic- herb bread was amazing and smelled so good while cooking. I cannot wait to try more recipes! (I apologize for no picture of my bread loaf. As soon as it was made, we quickly cut into it. Then the next day, I shared the remainder of the loaf with a friend, without ever even thinking of taking a picture. But, it was pretty!)
Garlic-Herb Bread recipe for bread machine
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 1 Tbsp butter, softened
- 2 gloves garlic, crushed
- 3 1/4 cups bread flour
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp dried rosemary leaves
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme leaves
- 1/4 tsp dried basil leaves
- 1 3/4 tsp regular active dry yeast, or 1 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast or quick – acting dry yeast
- Place all ingredients into the pan of the bread machine in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Press Start.
If you don’t have a bread machine then no worries. Below is an easy recipe for you!
Home-Style Yeast Bread
- 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 2 cups warm water (110 degrees to 115 degrees)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 7 cups bread flour
- In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, butter, salt, eggs and 4 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface. Divide into thirds. Shape into loaves and place in three greased 9-in. x 5-in. x 3-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Again, I would love for you to share your favorite bread or dough recipe, even if it is not for a bread machine.
Remember to link your recipe to our blog carnival!