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Sunday, March 8, 2009

quick bread success

quick bread success, originally uploaded by ebbandflo_pomomama.

... and of course in order to successfully craft portably you must be able to tear yourself away from the household duties too!

Enter the bread machine! We have a Sunbeam model (another great Airmiles offer) which is chugging away at a loaf of french at this very moment. In all honestly I love kneading dough, watching it rise and knocking it back but the time is simply not there these days!

So far I've been fairly unadventurous with recipes, sticking to multigrain bread flour and the basic cycle. Further reading into the machine manual though introduced freshly kneaded pizza dough (no more putting off homemade pizza night!) and the ability to quickly whip up a batch of pretzel dough for the wee guy when he comes home from school (making pretzel worms and then eating them is a great after-school activity).

Today's featured loaf uses yet another program - the quick bread! ie. breads not made with yeast. These breads utilise baking powder and baking soda as raising agents, have a faster cycle in the machine and are generally best eaten the day of baking.

Cardamom and Flaxseed Bread
3 cups all purpose flour (i used a mixture of plain and wholemeal)
1/2 cups ground almonds
1/2 cups flaxseeds
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 and a half cups milk
1/4 cup veg oil
1/4 cup liquid honey
For bread machines, spray the bread pan with PAM then follow the advised order of wet and dry ingredients and set the machine to a quick bread (no yeast) cycle.
For regular baking mix the dry ingredients together, and the wet ingredients together then combine the two into a smooth batter. Pour into a greased and floured 9x5" loaf pan and bake at 350F for approximately 50 minutes.

Verdict = delicious, especially with herby cream cheese, butter or with soup. The cardamom flavour was delicate and improved overnight. Great but dense toast in the morning.


Unknown said...

Wow this not only looks yummy, but healthy too!!! I've copied the recipe and will try it!!
I just joined byhand.me and finding my way around...not too sure what I'm doing..eheheh!

pomomama said...

It is delicious!!! I made it again last night but baked in the oven instead. The bread machine program is convenient but takes longer. In the oven there was a flying crust problem but the bad was more cooked thru. The bread machine produced a more uniform loaf. Both were as tasty and the taost the next morning is delicious with marmalade, choc spread or honey!

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