20131102-004055.jpg“White Milk Bread for baby”

I know my handmade bread from scratch is tasty, but if I were to make a handmade loaf every other day for my 1-year old baby, it’s nearly impossible due to my busy routines as well as having this precious one clinched on me whenever he is awake.

20131102-004024.jpgEffortless baking, and for time saving purpose, I decided to get myself an electronic bread maker which will help to do everything, after placing the ingredients in.

No particular reason for choosing this brand, it was simply because Best Denki had an offer deal for this. Original price was S$179, and I got it there at only $139.

Well, if you ask me, I won’t mind using the renowned brands like Kenwood and Panasonic. Unless I’ve got a sponsor from them, I will stick to my economical yet good enough bread maker of this German brand for now. :)

To make bread with bread maker, frankly speaking, though it normally comes with its own bread making procedures and recipes which seemed easy to follow, the truth is, these recipes aren’t prefect in taste, most of the time, at least for the recipes I have tried. I blames it to its recipe, not the maker.

It was really not as flavorful as the store-bought loaves. I convinced myself that it is simply because, less is more. Less (artificial) ingredients makes healthier bread. No fanciful ingredients, only the basics were used in the baking with this bread maker. In fact, no sugar, no salt or whatsoever. Also, considered it a machine made (yes, homemade, but not handmade), after all, for the sake of convenience. So, what there to complain… Haha.

20131102-004036.jpgOne thing worth mentioning though, the texture of the bread was cottony soft, despite a little bit denser than usual.

Having said that, I still find ways to improve the taste of the original recipes there. No worries, I have successfully improved it, after a few trial. Happy.

If you, too, are finding a better ‘bread maker’ recipe. Consider this:

20131102-004047.jpgYields 1 large loaf
Ingredients
280ml of water
120ml of full cream milk
60gram of unsalted butter
500gram of bread flour, sift if necessary
100gram of plain flour, sift if necessary
1.5 teaspoon of yeast

3 tablespoons of caster sugar (use the measurement spoon provided usually)
1 teaspoon of salt (use the measurement spoon provided usually)
* Omit these two seasoning, if to make the loaf for baby, especially below 12 months old.

Method
Place the ingredients in the bread tin with the following sequence: water, milk, butter, salt and sugar (if applicable), flour, and yeast. Place bread tin into bread maker and operate as directed in its manual. Soft, aromatic and healthy loaf will be ready in 3 hours time.

And that, I have no excuse, but to make healthy bread for my family, especially the baby.

Getting a loaf off-the-shelve is fine, actually. However, The feeling of making my own bread for my loved ones is especially sweet and warm. I just feel good. :)

* Suitable for baby 9-months up. May consider adding BreastMilk or appropriate formula milk for your baby’s consumption. For baby above 12 months old, full cream milk is fine.

** Bread maker can be used to make more types of bakes. I will slowly explore and share in future.