Monday, January 23, 2012

Pinterest Fail & Success: Bread Baking

Last week was my first Pinterest fail.
I followed the directions to the letter for this blueberry bread

I questioned the recipe as I was making it as the directions were totally backwards for how I am use to making bread in my bread machine. Dry ingredients sifted together? With the yeast? And added first?
I also had to make a guess on what size loaf it made as the recipe didn't specify.
Anyhoo- the recipe was a big fat bomb.
It didn't really rise or mix thoroughly. There was about a quarter inch of flour on the entire bottom of the loaf.
I cut into it trying to salvage some of it- doughy. Really doughy.
Considering all the wonderful stuff I've made, cooked and baked via Pinterest, I was due for a misstep.
However- I didn't give up.
I liked this recipe for Cinnamon Raisin Bread as it was less involved and had less ingredients than the one in my bread machine booklet

This recipe is sooooo super yummy.
I made it the first time with raisins. The second and third times I've made it with cranberries. That means in the last 5 days, I've made this bread 3 times. We love it. Our dear sweet friends love it and my parents love it. [Took a loaf to our friends and we all gobbled it up, took it to share at my parents last nite and we ate 2/3 of the loaf!]
We had it for breakfast this morning- toasted and lightly buttered. Delicious!
I haven't broken down the cost on it yet but I do know that a loaf of cinnamon raisin bread at the store isn't cheap so I'm pretty confident that mine comes in under their price.
Cinnamon Cranberry Bread
1cup water
3 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp butter or margarine, softened
3 cups Bread flour
2 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast
3/4 cup dried cranberries or Craisins

Place ingredients in bread machine in order listed except for cranberries. Add cranberries as recommended by bread machine manufacturer (look up "add-ins"). My machine has a handy little compartment for adding "extras" and so I don't need to listen for a beep or time it for my add-ins.
Set your bread machine for sweet or basic/white cycle or if you've got a wonderful machine like mine- set it for fruit/nut bread. Use Medium or Light crust color.
When machine is done- remove baked bread from pan and cool on wire rack.
This is my bread machine:

If you're like my family- you'll let it cool a little bit and then slice it up for some warm baked yumminess.
This is a wonderful breakfast bread too!


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