Every so often the bread maker comes in useful to actually make bread, rather than just making a dough. This loaf is a perfect example of that, it is cooked on the delay timer to be ready for when you wake up, and makes an amazing breakfast treat. Still warm out of the bread maker it only needs a light toasting and a good helping of butter.
For a 500 g Loaf –
- 175 ml Milk
- 1 Free range egg
- 15 g Butter
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 350 g Bread flour (I used a mix of 250 g strong white to 100 g strong wholemeal)
- 1 1/2 tsp Yeast
- 2 tbsp Sugar
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Cinnamon (or 1 1/2 cinnamon + 1/2 mixed spice)
- 100 g Raisins (in seed dispenser)
Very simple bread maker instructions, wet ingredients first, then dry, keeping the salt, sugar and yeast separated.
Set the correct weight of loaf, a light crust and the delay timer to morning. The cooking cycle takes about 3 h 15 min, so time that to finish by morning.
Go to bed, and wake up to the smell of fresh bread.
(I tend to set it to a bit earlier, get up put it on a cooling rack then head back to bed for 1/2 an hour)
In general I am not a big fan of bread maker baked bread, I have never thought the crust works. On the other hand this loaf works really well, and is so convenient, perfect for those days when you don’t want to spend the time making something more fancy.