Pain Maison (bread machine)

The husband and I have just gotten back from our little vacation in Split, Croatia. And oh boy was it an eye opener. I knew zilch about Croatia before this, apart from the few main points of its political history. But the culture, the architecture and most of all, the cuisine was truly astounding. Incredibly fresh seafood still briny from the sea, delicious sauces and stews, pasta that was almost always homemade and if you’re lucky, a good dosing of squid ink. And with every dish, you’re given a complimentary basket of crusty bread to mop up every last bit of sauce on your plate.

So when we landed in Geneva, the first thing I was thinking about was using my bread machine for the second time in my life, and whipping up a loaf of crusty bread. I used the recipe stated on the back of the flour packet for basic homemade bread and tweaked it.

Ingredients

  • 150ml whole milk
  • 150ml cold water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp yeast

Put the liquids and salt in the bread pan then dust the flour over it. Put the yeast in a well in the flour or in the yeast receptacle (if your machine has one). Select the program for plain white bread and choose the option for medium crust. My bread machine creates rather funny shaped loaves, so I will probably be purchasing a proper loaf pan soon, like this one.

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