Bread Machine Season

Growing up, I remember my mom making homemade “bread” from frozen dough. One day, her life was transformed when she bought a bread machine. Pizza dough, fun breads…it was quite a find for our family. When I got my first house, one of my first yard sale finds was a bread machine–I just knew I had to have one in my kitchen!

At first, I thought there were only so many bread recipes you could make. Little did I know what Donna Washburn and Heather Butt had up their sleeves. Last month, they published 300 Best Bread Machine Recipesa great resource for bread (machine) bakers everywhere. Admittedly, I was overwhelmed and couldn’t decide what recipe I wanted to make first.

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There are traditional recipes like French Bread and innovative recipes like Pumpernickel Flower Pots. (Can I be signed up to be in Washburn and Butt’s test kitchen?!?) As you can tell, it’s not just standard loaves that are covered. There are desserts, holiday breads, rolls, healthy options, and even recipes that are “beyond the bread”.  I had no idea I could make cookies using my bread machine, shh, don’t tell my mixer!

Tips are included (I love the tip for Jalapeno Cheese Bread–use the crumbs to top baked chicken!) as well as variations of the recipes to shake things up a little bit. Typical of Robert Rose cookbooks, there are gorgeous high-quality photos throughout the book to keep you drooling and craving carbs.

One of the fall staples in our house is chili, so of course I decided my first favorite recipe is going to be Chunky Chili Cornbread…and I’m happy to be able to share this recipe with you.

Chunky Chili Cornbread, page 127
Summer brings juicy, sweet ears of fresh corn to the farmers’ market, but this loaf can be a year-round treasure.

Makes 1 loaf

1.5 lb (750 g)

1 1⁄4 cups water 300 mL
1 egg 1
1/4 cup skim milk powder 50 mL
1 tsp salt 5 mL
2 tbsp granulated sugar 25 mL
2 tbsp vegetable oil 25 mL
3 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour 750 mL
1/3 cup cornmeal 75 mL
2/3 cup thawed frozen corn kernels,well drained 150 mL
1 1/2 tsp crushed red chili peppers 7 mL
1 tsp bread machine or instant yeast 5 mL

2.5 lb (1.25 kg)

1 1⁄3 cups water 300 mL
1 egg 1
1/4 cup skim milk powder 50 mL
1 tsp salt 5 mL
2 tbsp granulated sugar 25 mL
2 tbsp vegetable oil 25 mL
3 2/3 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour 750 mL
2/3 cup cornmeal 75 mL
3/4 cup thawed frozen corn kernels,well drained 150 mL
2 tsp crushed red chili peppers 7 mL
1 1/2 tsp bread machine or instant yeast 5 mL

1. Measure ingredients into baking pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Insert pan into the oven chamber.

2. Select Basic Cycle.

Tip
Thaw the frozen corn kernels completely and drain well before adding.

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Excerpted from 300 Best Bread Machine Recipes by Donna Washburn & Heather Butt
© 2012 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca All rights reserved: May not be reprinted without publisher permission.

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300 Best Bread Machine Recipes can be found at http://www.robertrose.ca. The book retails for $24.95 and would be an excellent holiday gift for the bread machine baker in your life.

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book to review from Robert Rose. All opinions are 100% my own.

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