I am too used to baking bread loaf for hubby, but since he can only take soft food now, I baked a smaller loaf – for both myself and our dearie 19m26d. Instead of using the bread maker, I decided to hand knead and bake in the oven – first time doing so! Outcome is “good”! The crust is soft too (better than my bread maker outcome actually :P)
50g cream cheese
100ml fresh milk
1 tsp grape seed oil (no particular reason I used this, just trying)
1 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp molasses sugar
180g bread flour
30g cake flour
50g wholemeal flour
1 egg (I left some to brush on top of the dough before baking)
Mixed all ingredients and knead for 10 minutes. Leave it aside for 30 minutes. Knead again (add a little bread flour if sticky). Let it proof for another 1 hour. Before baking, brush a layer of egg.
Under preheated oven of 200 degree celcius with fan on, bake for 20 minutes. Lower temperature to 160 degree celcius, bake for another 20 minutes. Cool down before cutting.
Next round, I will try let the bread maker to knead but I bake it in oven instead, see if it makes a difference.
Though I agree that the bread maker is taking 3 hours to do what the hand can do for 30mins approximately (where the rest is just waiting interval), I feel that when I have an active, sometimes clingy & wants to nurse at unknown intervals, the bread maker does come handy when it comes to kneading – when I can’t get my hands dirty/sticky