The first purchase we made when we moved to the island was a bread maker. We wanted to try our hand at making bread at home, and since the shops weren’t as easy to get to, it kind of made sense to be a little more self sufficient.
It has been one of our best purchases to date, and we use it multiple times a week for bread, buns, pizza dough and cinnamon buns.
And once you get past the “trying to be creative” part and just use it for what it does best (make dough) you can simplify the process and just ADD CHEESE.
It is my last month as a Canadian Cheese Ambassador, which means we get to try out amazing cheeses we may not have purchased on our own. This weeks french bread was topped with an “Old Growler” from That Dutchmans Cheese farm.
The french bread recipe was the one that came from the Bread Machine instructions, and we set our timer to “dough” setting.
When done, we flop the bread on a floured surface, and form into two french style loves. I let it rise, slice the top on diagonal with a sharp nice and cover with cheese.
30 minutes or so in the oven at 350′ and you have the kids lining up in the kitchen for fresh cheesy bread!
We LOVE taking a hot loaf out by the fire pit and enjoying a “European Dinner” of fresh bread, sliced meats, cheeses and salmon!
- 1.5 + 3TBS water
- 3 tsp butter
- 4 2/3 c bread flour
- 2 tsp salt
- 2TBS sugar
- 1 3/4 tsp yeast
- Add ingredients ( as listed) to bread machine pan and set to DOUGH
- Remove dough from pan when done and toss on lightly floured surface
- Form into “french loafs” or rounds
- Slice top diagonally with a sharp nice apx. 1/2 inch deep
- Top with a tasty cheese like and Old Growler
- Bake at 350 for apx 30 min (until done)