There has been so many tempting bread machine recipes that I've seen other bloggers post over the past few years but I always thought I could get along without one. I did not want another appliance to store (and this is a fairly large one). I had lots of good reasons not to get one. Lots. Somehow, my WANT finally outweighed my NEED and I decided on an inexpensive model based on a recommendation from Patty Tierney at Olla-Podrida. She has some delicious recipes using a bread machine on her blog! I figured if I didn't like it, I wouldn't be out a couple hundred dollars, at least! The more serious baker might like the options that a more expensive model would have or, more likely, scoff at the thought of using one.
I rationalized that even if I used it merely to knead the dough I'd come out ahead with time saved, so I went on a hunt for recipes and chose this herb bread for the inaugural use of the new machine. I Googled "Best Bread Machine Recipes" and found this Rosemary Herb Bread (Jo's Rosemary Bread') that got over 800 rave reviews.
I decided to let the read machine make the bread from start to finish for the first time to make sure everything was in good working order, so I added the ingredients per my machine's recommended order and just hit Start. That's it! In less than three hours I had the most delicious-tasting herb bread and my house smelled wonderful. It's the perfect bread to serve with soup or dip in roasted garlic olive oil.
I tweaked the original recipe just a bit and added some ground flax seed and used some Original Mrs. Dash seasoning and also reduced the amount of rosemary which seemed excessive. Everything worked great and my machine turned out a delicious, fragrant loaf of bread. I can't wait to try more bread machine recipes!
I'll be linking this tutorial with Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum, On the Menu Monday at Stone Gable, and Your Cozy Home Party at Cozy Home Scenes.