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11/7/13

Sour Cream & Vanilla Bread. The Best Bread Machine Loaf I have Ever Tasted.

Every once in a while I meander over to a site called Homesteading Today.  Recently I was enticed by this recipe for a bread machine loaf posted by Tirzah in the bread section of their on line cookbook.  I had planned a pot of clam chowder and the day was dark, rainy, and cold.  I  didn't feel compelled to leave the house for a loaf of bread and I was in no mood to do anything at all actually.  Sort of my recovery mode after doing a lot and being gone, if you know what I mean.

It turned out to be a high topped 1 1/2 pound loaf, with a crisp golden brown crust and very soft interior.  The kitchen smelled of vanilla while it was baking with but a hint of the flavor.  It was delicious and it toasted beautifully this morning for breakfast.

I am thinking of making it again minus the vanilla and adding ground flax seeds and perhaps a few more interesting ingredients.

It made a beautiful loaf with such a small effort, that made it perfect for my day!  The clam chowder was good and the day ended much better than it had begun.

Ingredients for Sour Cream & Vanilla Loaf:

1/2 C. warm water (under 115 degrees F.)
1-2 T. vanilla extract (I used 1 T.)
1/3 C. sour cream
1 egg ( I used large)
1 T. soft butter
3 C. bread flour (I used King Arthur All Purpose)
3 T. sugar
1 1/4 t. salt (I used kosher)
2 t. yeast (I used instant)

Place the first 5 ingredients in the bottom of the bread machine bucket.  Sprinkle in the next 3 ingredients evenly to cover the liquids.  Using a spoon make a shallow trough across the top of the flour and sprinkle the yeast into the trough end to end.

Select basic cycle and medium crust,  then start the machine.  Yield one delicious 1 1/2 pound loaf.

1 comment:

cambric cotton, pins and needles said...

That loaf looks so good, I can smell it from here. Like you, sometimes I just don't want to leave the house, especially if I'm in a trackie and don't want to change. I have often made bread or pitas, last time i made a dozen wholemeal rolls, I love fresh bread. Best wishes Wendy