Friday, May 6, 2011

EVERYDAY BREAD (using a bread machine)

I love making my own bread, and my kids love it too. It’s nice to have something simple and perfect on hand for sandwiches. It is also lovely with butter and jam, especially when it first comes out of the machine. Don’t let the name fool you. While it is versatile, it is anything but ordinary. Sweet potatoes may be one of nature's unsurpassed sources of beta-carotene, and flax seeds are Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids and fiber (to name just a few of the many health benefits of flax).

1 cup milk
1 egg
1 cup sweet potato puree (you can buy this in a can, or make it yourself by pureeing sweet potatoes that you have boiled until soft)
2 Tbs. butter
3 ¼ cups bread flour
¼ cup ground flax seeds
1/3 cup raw sugar
¾ tsp. salt
2 ½ tsp. active dry yeast

Add the ingredients in the order listed above. When adding the salt and sugar, place on opposite sides of the loaf pan. Scoop out a well in the flour in the center and add the yeast into the well. Cook according to your bread manufacturer’s instructions. Enjoy!

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