Ok, these may not be the best-looking buns, but they tasted pretty good for a 4th attempt at bread making!
Last week, hubby bought me a bread making machine. A smart investment on his part, since he’s the main beneficiary of said purchase!
Anyway, I’ve longed toyed with the idea of getting one. The primary push factor is due to health reasons. Did you know that commercially-produced bread contains a fair amount of preservatives and additives? Since we consume bread on a near daily basis, I was concerned about the long-term effects that these additives would do to our bodies.
It might not necessarily be more economical to bake our own bread, but at least we know what exactly goes into it!
Having a bread machine makes life easier for the amateur home baker. For my first 2 attempts, I let the bread machine do all the work. Just measure the ingredients into the pan, and the machine mixes, kneads, proofs, and bakes the loaf.
But for fancy shapes or individual buns, we still need a conventional oven.
First, place the ingredients in the bread machine, and select the Dough setting — the machine will mix, knead, and proof the dough. After that, remove the proven dough from the machine. Shape the dough into desired shapes and add toppings if desired. Place on a baking tray and let proof a second time before baking in the oven.
As this is only my 4th attempt at bread making, I’ve still a long way to go. Definitely need to improve on the appearance of these crude-looking buns! But I was quite happy with the texture of the bread — it was airy and quite moist.
Oh, and nothing beats the aroma of freshly baked bread wafting through the home!