Perfect is a word that perfectly describes this bread. It has the perfect texture – not the dense rocks that normally come from a bread machine. This bread is light and airy with a flaky crust. It also has the perfect flavor. It’s delicious enough to be eaten on its own with some butter and also subtle enough to be used for sandwiches, french toast, or any other recipe you want to try it in. It’s also perfectly easy to make. Ready for some perfect bread?
STEP ONE: Bloom the Yeast
This is a step that isn’t usually in bread machine recipes, but it is worth the extra ten minutes. Trust me. Add the yeast, sugar, and water to the bread machine and allow to sit for ten minutes. You will see the mixture foam up a little bit. If you have an instant read thermometer, be sure to temp the water to make sure the water is somewhere between 105-110 degrees. I used to just guess at the temperature, but once I started using a thermometer, I realized how far off I was on the correct temperature for blooming the yeast.
STEP TWO: Add the Rest of the Ingredients
Add the oil, butter, flour, and salt to the bread machine and select the white bread, 2 pound loaf cycle. My little boy loved watching the machine knead the dough. I loved seeing his happy face and feeling so domestic with very little effort. My husband was able to come home to the smell of freshly baking bread on a cold and rainy day. It was perfect 🙂
STEP THREE: Remove Bread from Pan and Cool
Remove the bread from the bread pan as soon as the baking cycle has finished. This will really help keep that wonderful texture. Place bread on a cooling rack and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes. Do not cut into it during this time. After the 30 agonizing minutes, slice yourself a nice big slice and slather it with butter and honey. Pure bliss.