I have been enjoying Mary’s Frugal Tips discussion at OwlHaven, and decided to respond to Shana’s request for bread machine recipes with this beaut that I got from my sister-in-law Sue. This bread is made on the dough cycle, then plopped onto a sheet of parchment and into a cold oven, set to 350 degrees. It has a chewy, bagel-like texture that makes it great for the toaster.
TIP: Brushing the loaf a few times with water while it is baking also adds some moisture to the oven and gives the bread a slightly glossy, less floury finished appearance.
RAISIN BREAD (Bread Machine dough cycle to oven)
1 cup + 2 Tbsp. water
2 Tbsp oil
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
3 cups flour
1+ 1/2 tsp yeast
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup raisins
Note that if you put all ingredients in your machine at the start, the raisins get a bit beaten up. If you can drop them in about half way through the mixing stage, you will get a prettier product, though if you wait too long, the raisins don’t distribute evenly through the bread (Is it just my machine?)
Once you have lightly shaped your finished dough on a parchment-covered baking sheet, pop it into your cold oven on a middle rack and set the oven to 350 degrees and the timer for 35 minutes.
Let me know how you like it.