Bread Machine Recipes https://www.breadmachinediva.com Bread Machine Recipes, Troubleshooting and Tips Mon, 05 Dec 2022 22:02:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.breadmachinediva.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/cropped-DivaHead2-1-32x32.jpg Bread Machine Recipes https://www.breadmachinediva.com 32 32 Eggnog Bread Recipe for the Bread Machine https://www.breadmachinediva.com/egg-nog-bread-for-the-bread-machine/ https://www.breadmachinediva.com/egg-nog-bread-for-the-bread-machine/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2022 11:04:12 +0000 http://www.breadmachinediva.com/?p=874 Every year I wait for eggnog to appear in the grocery stores. Not only does that mean that the holidays are coming, it means that it's time for eggnog bread! This yummy, easy bread recipe is great for the holidays as well as breakfast on chilly autumn or winter mornings.

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Every year I wait for eggnog to appear in the grocery stores. Not only does that mean that Christmas is on its way, it means that it’s time for one of my favorite bread recipes, Eggnog Bread!

Eggnog bread

Last Updated on December 5, 2022 – Originally posted in November of 2011

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This was delicious! I made one with some leftover eggnog, and immediately made a second loaf for an elderly neighbor. So glad I found it. ~ Joanna


Every year I wait for eggnog to appear in the grocery stores. Not only does that mean that Christmas is on its way, it means that it’s time for eggnog bread!

This yummy, easy eggnog bread recipe is great for the holidays.  It’s also wonderful for breakfast on chilly autumn or winter mornings.

In addition to eggnog, the recipe calls for another seasonal item, dried cranberries. You can substitute raisins for the cranberries if you’d like, but the cranberries give the bread a little zing. 

Plus cranberries look really pretty in the finished product.

Eggnog Bread Ingredients

Here’s the loaf of eggnog bread after it came out of the bread machine . . .

Egg Nog BreadAnd here’s how it looked when it was sliced . . .

Eggnog breadSee how pretty those cranberries are? 

And how does it taste?  It’s really, really good!  The bread has a cake-like texture.  There’s a slight nutmeg, eggnog flavor.  The cranberries give it a little bit of contrast.

AND if you’re not a cranberry fan, raisins work just fine too.

Here's a loaf of eggnog bread with raisins

Here’s a loaf of eggnog bread with raisins instead of cranberries.

Let’s Talk About Eggnog

Eggnog

What the heck is in eggnog that makes it so darned good?  It traditionally includes milk, cream, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and of course, eggs. 

It’s thick, rich and typically served with a little bourbon, rum or cognac.  Just to be clear, the bread recipe doesn’t include any of those.  

Historically speaking, a drink called posset may have been the forerunner of eggnog.  Posset is a medieval British drink.  The punch was made from hot milk curdled with wine or ale.  Sometimes eggs and figs were added too.  

Cranberries, Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em

Christmas Cranberries

Cranberries are native to North America and filled with antioxidants.  Great, right?  However, for some people, the zingy, tart taste of cranberries is off putting. 

There is a big divide about cranberries in my house.  I love them and The Man of the House (TMOTH) does not enjoy them.  Not even a little.

So while I think that this bread is better with cranberries, I make it with raisins.  To be honest, eggnog bread is really good that way too.

French Toast Alert!

It’s a given that eggnog bread makes wonderful toast.  A little cream cheese on top and I’m in heaven.

However, you might want to take it to the next level.  The flavor, texture and existing egg content mean that this bread is a natural for French toast.

Don't Want to Wait for the Holidays?

Anytime Eggnog Bread

Don’t despair if it’s summer and you’d like some eggnog bread.  I’ve got a recipe for Anytime Eggnog Bread.  It captures the taste of this yummy bread, but without the eggnog.

FAQ for This Recipe

Eggnog Bread Instructions

This recipe is for a two-pound loaf.  Use the basic cycle with either the light or medium crust setting.

Follow the instructions that came with your bread machine in terms of which ingredients to put in the bread machine first.    With my bread machine, I add the liquids first. 

I’ve always used Zojirushi bread machines.  Over the yearsI’ve made this bread with two different Zojirushi machines.  

On the Zojirushi Virtuoso breadmaker, the medium crust is best with this recipe.

However, I liked the light crust setting when I used my Zojirushi BBCCX20 Bread Machine.

I advise people making this recipe for the first time to try the medium setting.  Then make changes if needed based on your first loaf.

Make sure you check on the dough after five or ten minutes of kneading.  Pop open the top of the bread machine and see how the dough is doing.  It should be a round ball.  If it’s too dry add liquid a teaspoon at a time until the dough balls up.  If it looks too wet,  add flour a tablespoon at a time until it looks as expected.

Eggnog Bread Ingredients

Again, this is for a two-pound loaf, using the basic cycle with the light or medium crust setting.

1 cup eggnog
½ cup milk
4 cups bread flour
½ cup dried cranberries or raisins
1 ¼ teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoons oil or butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 ¾ teaspoons active dry yeast

Eggnog bread
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Eggnog Bread for the Bread Machine

Every year I wait for eggnog to appear in the grocery stores. Not only does that mean that Christmas is on its way, it means that it’s time for Eggnog Bread!
Course Bread Machine Recipes
Cuisine American
Keyword eggnog, eggnog bread, eggnog bread recipe, holiday bread
Servings 12 slices per two-pound loaf of bread
Calories 213kcal
Author Marsha Perry

Ingredients

  • 1 cup eggnog
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • ½ cup dried cranberries (raisins work fine too)
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons active dry yeast

Instructions

  • Follow the instructions that came with your bread machine in terms of which ingredients to put in the bread machine first.
  • Over the yearsI’ve made this bread with two different machines.  For the Zojirushi Virtuoso breadmaker, I used the medium crust setting. For the Zojirushi BBCCX20 Bread Machine, I used the light crust setting.
    I advise people making this recipe for the first time to try the medium setting.  Then make changes if needed based on your first loaf.
  • Make sure you check on the dough after five or ten minutes of kneading.  Pop open the top of the bread machine and look at the dough.  It should be a round ball. 
  • If it’s too dry add liquid a teaspoon at a time until the dough balls up.  If it looks too wet,  add flour a tablespoon at a time until it looks as expected.

Notes

This is a recipe for a two-pound machine. You’ll be using the basic or white cycle with the light or medium crust setting. 
You can make this recipe with either cranberries or raisins.
This recipe was developed and tested using US customary measurements. Metric measurements are calculated automatically.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 268mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 91IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg

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2022 Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks and Bakers https://www.breadmachinediva.com/holiday-gift-guide-bakers/ https://www.breadmachinediva.com/holiday-gift-guide-bakers/#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2022 18:00:27 +0000 https://www.breadmachinediva.com/?p=5796 Going through this list of items is like visiting with me in my kitchen. You can see what tools I use as I'm making bread.

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Welcome to my 2022 Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks and Bakers! Are you looking for a gift for someone who cooks or bakes? (Don’t forget to get something nice for yourself too!) Here are some gift suggestions suggestions based on things I use all the time!

2022 Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks and Bakers

Last updated November 22, 2022 – Originally posted in 2017

Going through this list of items is like visiting with me in my kitchen. You can see what tools I use as I’m making bread.

Let’s get started!

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Measuring Glass – The Man of the House said we needed a measuring glass.  I wasn’t convinced, but it turns out he was right.  We use it all the time.  It’s perfect for measuring small amounts of honey or other liquids.

Measuring Glass

Dry Measuring Cup Set – Speaking of measuring things, people who make bread will need two types of measuring cups.  One set for dry ingredients and another set for wet ingredients. Dry measuring cups are for measuring things like flour and sugar.  You scoop things into the cup and then level off with a knife or other straight-edged kitchen utensil.

Dry measuring cup set

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Wet Measuring Cup – For measuring liquids like milk or water you need a see-through measuring cup. I have a collection of sizes to accommodate various recipes.

Water, apricot preserves and egg

This kind of measuring cup comes in handy for making apricot bread.

divider16.5 by 11.75 inch baking and cooling rack – In 2019, I needed a new cooling rack.  

As I was reading the reviews for different cooling racks, I noticed that the big complaint was rust.  People bought a cooling rack, only to discover that it quickly became rusty.  This seemed to happen on every cooling rack I read about.  

It made it difficult to choose a rack.  I crossed my fingers and ordered this one.

It’s November of 2022 and I’m happy to report that my new cooling rack hasn’t rusted at all!  It’s as bright and shiny as the day I got it.

Here's a loaf of eggnog bread with raisins instead of cranberries.

Here’s the cooling rack in action under a loaf of eggnog bread.

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Zester  – Some of my bread recipes, like the one for orange bread, call for zest.  When I first started making bread, I didn’t own a zester.  I tried to use a carrot peeler instead.  What a pain!  Zesters don’t cost that much and make zesting a breeze.
Zester

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The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook – I received this as a gift a few years ago.  It’s a great cookbook with 300 recipes! The recipes are for two pound machines as well as for one and a half pound machines.  There’s an orientation section that covers topics like bread ingredients and troubleshooting.
The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook
Bread Knife – If you’re going to make homemade bread, you need a good bread knife.   Just like my bread machine, I use our bread knife all the time.
Bread Knife

 
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Bench Scraper Set– I’ve started using a bench scraper when working with dough.  It helps me move sticky dough around and I love it when I’m dividing dough for rolls or buns.  I use a plastic one, but this set also comes with a stainless steel scraper for those of you with more durable working areas.

Bench scrapper

Challah dough is SO sticky. The bench scraper helped a lot!

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Gamma Lids – We bought this set of eight 2-gallon buckets with Gamma Seal lids to store flour and other food products.  I love them!!  (If you’d like to buy them one at a time, here’s another link for single two-gallon buckets with Gamma Lids.)

Gamma Lids

See more about how we store flour in bulk with our Gamma Lids

If you’re not familiar with Gamma Seal lids, you’ll want to check them out.  It makes opening buckets of flour a breeze!   Note the top of the buckets.  I can easily grab the top of the bucket and twirl.

And moving from 5-gallon buckets to 2-gallon buckets makes my life much easier!  I could lift the 5-gallon buckets . . . barely.  Here’s more information about how we store flour in bulk.

 

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Pizza Stone – The Man of the House, TMOTH, has always made great pizza.  It’s even better now that we own a pizza stone!

We wondered if a pizza stone would really make that much of a difference.  It totally did! We’re thrilled that we bought it.  

Pizza Dough in the Bread Machine

This pizza recipe has a few shots of the pizza stone in action.

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Wondering what bread machine to buy?  I’d buy a Zojirushi machine

Zojirushi bread machines are well built and make great bread.

I make all the bread, hamburger buns, dinner rolls, pepperoni rolls and hot dog buns for our household.  That means that I use my bread machine two to three times every week.  In my experience, Zojirushi bread machines will last four to six years under those conditions.  

Zojirushi currently offers two models of two-pound bread machines.  Those are the the BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme and the BB-PDC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Plus.  

Both are good machines.  I’m giving you the highlights here, but if you want to know more I’ve got an article devoted to picking out a bread machine.  

Virtuoso Plus

The BB-PDC20 Virtuoso Plus machine is really popular. However, I had questions about this machine, including the usefulness of the special cycles.  I wrote about this in my article devoted to picking out a bread machine.  

Pros of the Virtuoso Plus:

  • Gluten-free setting


Cons of the Virtuoso Plus:

  • More expensive
  • No quick dough setting

Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme 2-Pound-Loaf

I think the BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme is a good choice for most people.

Pros of the Home Bakery Supreme:

  • Less expensive
  • Has a quick dough setting


Cons of the Home Bakery Supreme:

  • No gluten-free setting

 

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Labor Day Recipes for Your Bread Machine https://www.breadmachinediva.com/labor-day-celebration/ https://www.breadmachinediva.com/labor-day-celebration/#respond Mon, 29 Aug 2022 10:57:11 +0000 http://www.breadmachinediva.com/?p=5696 Labor Day weekend is coming! I've got recipes to help you make the most of time spent with friends and family. Hot dog buns. Hamburger buns. You'll love 'em!!

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Labor Day Hot Dog and Hamburger Buns
Last Updated August 29, 2022 – Originally published September 1, 2017

Labor Day weekend is coming.  For me it’s a bittersweet holiday.  

Let’s start with the bitter.  Labor Day marks end of summer.  I love the warm weather and working outside.  I know that it’s soon going to end because autumn is coming.

The sweet involves having an extra day off.  That gives me a chance to visit with friends and family.  I also try to squeeze in one or two small projects over the holiday weekend. 

I hope you all have a productive and fun Labor Day Weekend!



Here are some recipes for your bread machine/bread maker that would be great for your Labor Day celebration. 

Hot Dog Bun Recipe

I think you’ll really enjoy this hot dog bun recipe for the bread machine.  This is my original hot dog bun recipe.  It holds a special spot in my heart because I worked hard to find a hot dog bun recipe that worked.   And I tried a lot of recipes!

The problem was that the bun would split and I had more of a hot dog sandwich.  Not anymore! This bun holds the hot dog and condiments securely.

One reader wrote, “I just started making my buns with this recipe since the quarantine.  Love it!  My family says no more store bought “


Challah Hot Dog Buns

Looking for a soft, pillowy hot dog bun? Then you’ll love this challah hot dog bun recipe. The buns are are incredibly tender. Plus, the egg wash makes them so pretty.

One reader wrote, “Awesome! Best hot dog buns ever!!!!”


Hamburger bun recipe

These homemade hamburger buns are great for summer burgers cooked on the grill.  I’ve been using this recipe for years and I love it!

There is one problem with homemade hamburger buns though.  Once you’ve tasted them, there’s no going back!  You’ll turn your nose up at store-bought buns.

BTW, some people have written that they appreciate having a hamburger bun recipe without eggs or milk.  


Challah Hamburger Buns

This challah hamburger bun recipe makes the best hamburger buns I’ve ever had! The challah hamburger buns are fluffy, soft and sweet. They can totally take your hamburgers to the next level!

Here’s my favorite comment about this recipe, “I made these last Saturday and WOW! They are the most delicious buns I’ve ever baked! They rose up quite high and they are actually really tasty on their own! I have another batch in the machine as we speak!”

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Homemade Hoagie Rolls https://www.breadmachinediva.com/homemade-hoagie-rolls/ https://www.breadmachinediva.com/homemade-hoagie-rolls/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2022 08:21:57 +0000 http://www.breadmachinediva.com/?p=5709 The Man of the House wondered if I had a hoagie roll recipe. I found one and they've become a regular item on our menu. We use homemade hoagie rolls for sandwiches and out-of-this-world garlic bread.

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You’ll love these homemade hoagie rolls.  They’ve become a regular item on our menu. We use homemade hoagie rolls for sandwiches and out-of-this-world garlic bread.

Homemade Hoagie Rolls

Last Updated on August 2, 2022 – Originally Posted September 4, 2017

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I see myself making these at least once a week. No more store-bought rolls for us! Many thanks!! ~ Lars


A few years ago The Man of the House (TMOTH) asked if I could make hoagie rolls. Hoagie rolls? I didn’t have a recipe, but I told him I’d check it out.

I found and adapted Pammy’s Hoagies recipe. Now we’ve got hoagie rolls!

These beauties are so soft. They’re perfect for sandwiches.  Just how you refer to that sandwich depends on where you’re from. 

You might call it a hoagie or a Cuban sandwich or a grinder.  Some people would say it’s a hero, Italian sandwich, sub or torpedo.  And don’t even get me started on weather the correct term is poor boy or po’boy!

Whatever name you use, these homemade hoagie rolls will do you proud in a sandwich!

How to Make Homemade Hoagie Rolls with a Bread Machine

I make the below recipe in my two-pound machine. It makes six hoagie rolls.  Note that you’ll be using the dough setting.

Follow the instructions that came with your bread machine in terms of which ingredients to put in the bread machine first. I have a Zojirushi machine and with that I add the liquids first. 

hoagie roll ingredients in the bread pan

homemade hoagie roll ingredients in the bread pan

Again, you’ll be using the dough setting. 

This dough may not form a smooth, round ball as it’s being kneaded.  It can look a little too wet.  For this recipe, that’s okay.  

When the dough is done put it on a lightly floured board and divide it into two equal sections. Then divide each of the two sections into three pieces. The goal is to get 6 balls of dough about the same size.

I use my bench scraper to help handle the dough. 

Bench scrapper

Here’s the bench scraper in action with challah dough.

Form the balls of dough into elongated ovals and place those on a greased cookie sheet.

Score or cut the rolls. The official tool for this is a lame. Before I bought my lame, I used a bread knife to score the rolls.

scored hoagie rolls

Cover the rolls with a clean, light-weight kitchen towel and let the dough rise for half an hour. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in an oven preheated to 400 degrees. The rolls should be lightly browned.

Homemade Hoagie Roll Recipe for Bread Machine

Again, this is for a two-pound loaf using the dough cycle. 

1 cup water
2 ¾ cups bread flour
2 teaspoons sugar
4 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast

Homemade Hoagie Rolls
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Homemade Hoagie Rolls

You’ll love these homemade hoagie rolls. They've become a regular item on our menu. We use homemade hoagie rolls for sandwiches and out-of-this-world garlic bread.
Course Bread Machine Recipes
Cuisine American
Keyword hoagie rolls, sub rolls
Servings 6
Calories 250kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 ¾ cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast

Instructions

  • I make this recipe in my two-pound machine. It makes six hoagie rolls.  Note that you'll be using the dough setting.
  • Follow the instructions that came with your bread machine in terms of which ingredients to put in the bread machine first. I have a Zojirushi machine and with that I add the liquids first. 
  • This dough may not form a smooth, round ball as it's being kneaded.  It can look a little too wet.  For this recipe, that's okay.  
  • When the dough is done put it on a lightly floured board and divide it into two equal sections. Then divide each of the two sections into three pieces. The goal is to get 6 balls of dough about the same size. I use my bench scraper to help with this.
  • Form the balls of dough into elongated ovals and place those on a greased cookie sheet.
  • Score or cut the rolls. The official tool for this is a lame. Before I bought my lame, I used a bread knife to score the rolls.
    scored hoagie rolls
  • Cover the rolls with a clean, light-weight kitchen towel and let the dough rise for half an hour. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in an oven preheated to 400 degrees. The rolls should be lightly browned.

Notes

This is a recipe for a two-pound machine. You’ll be using the dough setting.
High Altitude Instructions:   Note that this recipe was tested and developed at sea level.  If you're above 3,000 feet you'll need to make adjustments.  I have a page that gives general information about using your bread machine at high elevations.  
Metric Measurements: This recipe was developed and tested using US customary measurements. Metric measurements are calculated automatically.

Nutrition

Serving: 1roll | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 393mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

 

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Fourth Of July Recipes for Your Bread Machine https://www.breadmachinediva.com/4th-of-july-recipes/ https://www.breadmachinediva.com/4th-of-july-recipes/#comments Sun, 26 Jun 2022 08:12:49 +0000 http://www.breadmachinediva.com/?p=5478 Here are some recipes for your bread machine/bread maker that would be great for the Fourth of July. We're talking homemade hot dog and hamburger buns!

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Here are some recipes for your bread machine/bread maker that are great for the Fourth of July. Challah hot dog buns. Homemade hamburger buns. I’ve even included a fun, non-traditional recipe for your holiday celebration.

Fourth of July Recipes
Last Updated on June 26, 2022 – First Posted on June 28, 2021

I’ve always enjoyed the Fourth of July. 

I grew up in Montana where my hometown started its celebration with a parade on the second of July. I remember standing along the parade route while people on floats threw candy to us kids.

My mother’s family would gather for a picnic on the Fourth.  There would be salads that were only served on special occasions.  My Grandmother would be at the center of the swirling mass of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Later there would be a rodeo. 

Sometimes we went to the rodeo and other times we didn’t.  However, we’d always watch the sky for the fireworks that were shot off after the rodeo finished.   The beautiful explosions were so big that they could be seen from almost the entire town.  

A  lot of time has passed since those days  Despite that, some things remain the same.

The Man of the House (TMOTH) and I usually celebrate the Fourth by grilling hamburgers.  TMOTH loves to make large, pub-style burgers and I contribute by making the hamburger buns.  

After we’ve eaten, we sit on the deck and look out at the view.

I hope you all have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July


Here are some recipes for your bread machine/bread maker that would be great for your Fourth of July celebration. 

Hot Dog Bun Recipe

I think you’ll really enjoy this hot dog bun recipe for the bread machine. I struggled for a long time to make hot dog buns.  The problem was that the bun would split and I had more of a hot dog sandwich.  Not anymore! This bun is soft enough to work as a bun and not split.  It’ll hold the hot dog and condiments securely.

One reader wrote, “Family really enjoys these buns. They won’t eat store-bought anymore.”


Challah Hot Dog Buns

Looking for a soft, pillowy hot dog bun? Then you’ll love this challah hot dog bun recipe. The buns are are incredibly tender. Plus, the egg wash makes them so pretty.

One reader wrote, “Awesome! Best hot dog buns ever!!!!”


Hamburger bun recipe

These homemade hamburger buns are great for summer burgers cooked on the grill.  There is one problem though.  Once you’ve tasted these hamburger buns, there’s no going back!  You’ll turn your nose up at store-bought buns.

As one reader commented, “I love love love these rolls! I’m making them right now! I haven’t bought hamburger buns since I’ve found your recipe! My whole family loves them!”


Challah Hamburger Buns

This challah hamburger bun recipe makes the best hamburger buns I’ve ever had! The challah hamburger buns are different because they’re fluffier, softer and sweeter. They can totally take your hamburgers to the next level!

Here’s my favorite comment about this recipe, “I made these last Saturday and WOW! They are the most delicious buns I’ve ever baked! They rose up quite high and they are actually really tasty on their own! I have another batch in the machine as we speak!”


 

Pizza Dough in the Bread Machine

How about going non-traditional and having pizza for the Fourth

For years we’ve had pizza night once a month.  However, we also have it for special occasions.  One year we even had pizza for Christmas!

The Man of The House makes the pizza dough in the bread machine.  Any more than once a month and we wouldn’t fit through the front door.  If we had it any less, we’d have horrific pizza withdrawal symptoms.

Here’s the recipe and exactly how TMOTH makes our homemade pizza.

 

 

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High Altitudes and Your Bread Machine https://www.breadmachinediva.com/high-altitudes-bread-machine/ https://www.breadmachinediva.com/high-altitudes-bread-machine/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2022 11:23:25 +0000 http://www.breadmachinediva.com/?p=5537 My hometown is at 4,500 feet in elevation.  So I understand the challenge of high-altitude baking. Here are some hints for adjusting bread machine recipes so that they work, no matter the altitude.

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High Altitudes and Your Bread Machine

Last Updated June 18, 2022 – Originally Published July 17, 2017

The recipes on this site were developed when I lived along the Pacific coast.  In other words, the recipes were developed at sea level.

However, early in 2022, I moved back to the mountains where I grew up.  I’m currently living at about 4,800 feet.  Let me tell you, it makes a difference in using the bread machine!

Why Does Higher Altitude Affect Baking?

At elevations of 3,000 or more feet above sea level you’ll need to adjust your bread recipes for higher altitudes.  Why?  At that height the air pressure is lower.  That makes the dough rise faster. It also means that moisture evaporates more quickly.  That can translate into dry or misshapen loaves of bread.

Hints for High Altitude Baking When Using Bread Machines

As with any adjustments to a recipe, make small changes and document it.  View the results and make more adjustments as needed.

  • Decrease yeast – at 4,800 feet I’m using about 25% less yeast that I did at sea level
  • Increase liquid by 1 to 2 Tablespoons
  • Decrease sweetener by 1/2 teaspoon
  • Increase the salt slightly
  • If the recipe calls for the medium crust setting, try the light crust setting
  • Try using flour that has a higher protein count. If you go this route you may also want to add vital wheat gluten.
  • ALWAYS check the dough after a five or ten minutes of kneading.  It should be a smooth, round, ball.  Make corrections as needed.  

Be Aware of the Humidity

When I moved to the mountains the altitude wasn’t the only thing that changed.  I’m now in an environment with much lower humidity.

Humidity affects baking because flour can absorb humidity from the air.  If you’re using the dough cycle of the machine, this can lead to soft, sticky dough.   If you’re making a loaf of bread in your bread machine this can cause to bread with a sunken top.

The fix for high humidity is to lower the liquid in the recipe.  The fix for low humidity is to Increase the liquid in the recipe.

No Universal Adjustment

One thing that makes this whole situation challenging is that there’s not a one-size-fits-all adjustment for high altitudes.  Did your humidity change at the same time?  Are you at 4,000 feet or 6,000 feet?  The adjustment for each situation can be a little different.

Watch This Page

As I learn more about this issue, I’ll update this page.  And I’ll add high-altitude adjustments for my recipes as I figure them out.

High Altitude Sour Milk Bread

I made this lovely loaf of sour milk bread at about 4,800 feet.  I’ve added the instructions to the recipe.

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Sour Milk Bread Recipe – Two Pound Loaf https://www.breadmachinediva.com/two-pound-sour-milk-bread/ https://www.breadmachinediva.com/two-pound-sour-milk-bread/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2022 10:10:56 +0000 http://www.breadmachinediva.com/?p=388 I use this sour milk bread recipe all the time. Simple ingredients! Great taste and texture! No wonder this is the recipe that I make the most often. AND you don't even need to have sour milk! Note that this recipe now has high altitude instructions.

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Sour Milk Bread Recipe
Last Updated on June 16, 2022 – Originally posted in June of 2010

Sour milk bread is the recipe that I use most often.  We always have it on hand.  I love the simple ingredients list and the texture of the bread.

The Man of the House (TMOTH) loves it for breakfast.  We don’t have toast every morning, but when we do TMOTH is disappointed if he can’t find milk bread.

What Does Milk Add to a Bread Recipe?

Milk in bread recipe

Why would a person use milk instead of water in a bread recipe?

First of all, milk adds nutrition to bread.  Beyond that, milk also contributes some great qualities.

The sugar in milk, lactose, isn’t consumed by yeast.  So it stays in the bread making it a little sweeter. 

Milk improves the bread’s texture and flavor.  The bread is softer, fluffier and richer tasting.  It enriches the dough with milk proteins and fat.  

Should You Scald the Milk?

Some bakers advise that milk should be scalded before it’s used in making bread. 

That’s because milk contains glutathione.  That’s a chemical that can prevent the dough from rising properly. 

However, I’ve never scalded the milk and my bread has always turned out fine.  Maybe the preheat cycle helps with this?  Maybe scalding milk was necessary before the era when milk was pasteurized?

I’m not sure.  I only know that I’ve had no problems with using milk right of out the refrigerator with this recipe.

In a Hurry?

I normally use active dry yeast in this sour milk bread recipe. 

If time is short, you can make this recipe with the quick cycle of your bread machine.  If you do this, substitute the active dry yeast with three teaspoons of instant yeast, bread machine yeast or rapid rise yeast.  

Instant yeast, bread machine yeast and rapid rise yeast can be used interchangeably.  If you’d like to learn more about what yeast to use in your bread maker, check out this article.

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Sour Milk

Don’t have sour milk, but want that tangy taste?

To make sour milk, add one tablespoon of vinegar to one cup of room-temperature milk. (Adjust amounts as needed for each recipe.) Stir and wait about 5 minutes.

Note that you can use either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to sour the milk.

Type of Milk?

For years I made this recipe using 2% milk.  It worked great.

Because of the virus, I’ve been limiting my trips to the grocery store.  I’m usually able to get whole milk with a better expiration date, so I’ve been buying that.  

I started wondering if the type of milk might make a difference in the bread’s rise.  You never know until you try. So I did an experiment.

Whole Milk versus 2%

These loaves of bread were both made with the quick cycle and rapid rise yeast.  The only difference is that the loaf on the left was made with 2% milk and the loaf on the right was made with whole milk.

Whole milk versus 2%

Here’s another look at the two loaves of bread.  The loaf in the front (#1) contains 2% milk.  The loaf in the back (it’s #4 but the flag got cut off in the photo) was made with whole milk.

You get a slightly better rise with whole milk.  Either way though, I think you’ll be thrilled with this recipe.

Oil is Optional

You’ll notice that I’ve added oil as an optional ingredient. 

The bread tastes fine without it.  However, we freeze our bread.  We noticed that after freezing, the toasted crust is a little tough without the oil.

High Altitude Instructions

Note that this recipe was tested and developed at sea level.  If you’re above 3,000 feet you’ll need to make adjustments.  I have a page that gives general information about using your bread machine at high elevations.  

High Altitude Sour Milk Bread

I have since tested this recipe at about 4,800 feet. 

After a lot of testing, I can now get a great loaf of sour milk bread at a high elevation.

Here’s how I did it: 

  • Lowered the amount of yeast to 1 1/4 teaspoons of active dry yeast. 
  • I had better results using the light crust setting  instead of the medium crust setting
  • Always check the dough after it’s been kneading for a few minutes!  About half the time I need to add a little more flour.  

 

FAQ for This Recipe

Here are some questions that come up for this recipe and articles that should help.

Sour Milk Bread Instructions

This is for a two-pound loaf using the basic or white cycle with medium crust.

Follow the instructions that came with your bread machine in terms of which ingredients to put in the bread machine first.  With most machines, you add the liquids first.

Make sure you check on the dough after five or ten minutes of kneading.  It should be a smooth, round ball.  If it’s too dry add liquid a teaspoon at a time until it looks OK.  If it looks too wet,  add flour a tablespoon at a time until it looks OK.

Sour Milk Bread Ingredients

Again, this is for a two-pound loaf using the basic or white cycle. Set the crust at medium.

  • 1 ½ cups sour milk (I make mine with regular, not-sour milk and it works fine. See instructions above for making sour milk.)
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons oil (optional)
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons active dry yeast
Sour Milk Bread
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Sour Milk Bread - Two Pound Loaf

Sour Milk Bread is our go-to bread recipe. Simple ingredients! Great taste and texture! No wonder this is the recipe that I make the most often. AND you don’t even need to have sour milk!
Course Bread Machine Recipes
Cuisine American
Keyword milk bread, sour milk bread
Servings 12 slices per two-pound loaf of bread
Calories 206kcal
Author Marsha Perry

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups sour milk I make mine with regular, not-sour milk and it works fine.
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons oil optional
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons active dry yeast

Instructions

  • Note that this is for a two-pound loaf of bread. Use the basic setting with medium crust.
  • Follow the instructions that came with your bread machine in terms of which ingredients to put in the bread machine first.  
  • Make sure you check on the dough after five or ten minutes of kneading.  Just pop the top of the bread machine and see how the dough is doing.  It should be a smooth, round ball.  If it’s too dry add liquid a teaspoon at a time until it looks OK.  If it looks too wet,  add flour a tablespoon at a time until it looks OK.

Notes

This is a recipe for a two-pound machine. You’ll be using the basic or white cycle with medium crust.
If time is short, you can make this recipe with the quick cycle of your bread machine substitute the active dry yeast with three teaspoons of fast-rising (rapid rise) yeast.
Don’t have sour milk, but want that tangy taste? To make sour milk add one tablespoon of vinegar to one cup of room-temperature milk. (Adjust amounts as needed for each recipe.) Stir and wait about 5 minutes.
High Altitude Instructions:   Note that this recipe was tested and developed at sea level.  If you're above 3,000 feet you'll need to make adjustments.  I have a page that gives general information about using your bread machine at high elevations.  
I have since tested this recipe at about 4,800 feet.  I found that making these changes turn out a great loaf of bread at my altitude: 
  • Lower the amount of yeast to 1 1/4 teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • I had better results using the light crust setting  instead of the medium crust setting
  • Always check the dough after it’s been kneading for a few minutes!  About half the time I need to add a little more flour.

Metric Measurements:
This recipe was developed and tested using US customary measurements. Metric measurements are calculated automatically.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 257mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg

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