My bread machine broke! Long story short, I tried this recipe in the machine, I think the yeast I used was old, and the dough didn't rise. Because it didn't rise, it was too compact for the machine to cook, and the blasted thing overheated and melted the plastic compound under the bread pan, which stuck to the plastic.
Let's paint a quick picture: I had to put the bread machine on the floor, put my foot on it to brace myself, and pull the loaf pan out with all the strength of both my Popeye arms.
I thought the machine was still okay though.
I really wanted to make this bread for an upcoming recipe, so I was pretty bummed that it failed. While I was at work, Chris went to get more yeast, and I coached him on how to use the machine. Well, then the dang display wouldn't come on, and the buttons weren't functional. Pretty sure the bread-making-beauty went kaput. So, I told Chris to toss all the ingredients in the stand mixer, then let it rise for an hour. We baked it when I got home from work, and it was DELICIOUS!
I think the lesson is that maybe I don't need a bread machine, though it's pretty convenient to toss everything in one pan where it mixes, rises and bakes. Decisions, decisions.
EATING TIP FROM A PRO EATER: Cut two slices, spread both with a tablespoon of pesto. Top with two tomato slices, a pat of Brie and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Voila. Best sandwich ever. I ate four this weekend, in case you were wondering.
Head on over to The Kitten Kitchen for the simple recipe!
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