Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Man & His Bread Machine

Oh, he's a man of many talents: he can purify proteins, amplify genes, and he knows what sine oculis is (I still can't tell you what said "sine oculis" is, despite the fact that he tells me about it every evening at dinner). Did I mention that he makes bread? Yep, he's my husband :) (side note: he was a bit resistant to me taking this early-morning photograph)

Last summer, Adam returned enthusiastically to our house after his usual run holding a large, white Bread Machine in his hands. "Look what I got! For free!" Apparently our neighbor was so desperate to get rid of this bread-producing electronic box that she was willing to hand it over, at no cost, to my sweet, enthusiastic husband. And so we added yet another large piece of random cooking equipment to our cabinets.

The bread machine was revived in December though, with more zeal than ever. I got Adam Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food-- a book which argues that the food we consume should be whole and natural, with little to no processing at all. Adam jumped on Pollan's bandwagon, and proclaimed to me one night while we were reading in bed that he no longer wanted to purchase bread at the store, but would rather make it from scratch each week. Really?

Well, I can honestly say the man is true to his words. He pulls out that ridiculous, yet amazing, Bread Machine every Sunday and makes a loaf of bread for the week...every week! It's basic and simple, but I suppose that's what Mr. Pollan would want.

So, if you've got a desperate neighbor trying to up the feng shui-factor of her kitchen and unload an unwieldy bread machine, take her up on it. You might junk up another cabinet, but your body will surely thank you for consuming preservative-free bread :)

Basic Bread Machine Bread
(adapted from this recipe found at


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 1 packet active, dry yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cups of unbleached flour (Gold Medal "Better for Bread" flour is awesome!)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 TBSP flaxseed (optional)

1) Pour warm water in the bread machine pan. Add sugar and sprinkle yeast on top. Allow to sit for 10 minutes, until foamy.

2) Add oil. Pour flour, salt, and flaxseed on top (do not stir!)

3) Select the option on your bread machine for a regular/light loaf

*Variation: you can substitute up to 1/2 cup whole wheat flour and get a bread that is the same consistency. The more whole wheat flour you add after the 1/2 cup, however, the more dense the bread will become.


  1. Hey! Love the Blog, and can't wait to try some of these recipes! We are really trying hard not to eat out anymore, and have been crafting menus. I will definitely be adding some of your recipes!

    But anyways...on the bread making. I totally have been wanting to do what Adam is doing! We have a bread maker, and have used it on and off (usually making pizza dough) but I want to start baking bread for the week. I feel like ours always looks deformed, not pretty like Adam's loaf. I might have to ask him for tips!

  2. Yay for bread-making! Heather--try this recipe and let me know if it works for you. I think once you start making homemade loaves, you'll be hooked (it's hard to beat the taste of fresh-baked bread, you know?). Likewise, if you find any awesome bread-maker recipes, send them my way because I'd love to try a new one, too.

    Thanks for checking out the blog...visit again soon :)

  3. Hi Kylie! I can completely relate to you because my boyfriend loves to make his own bread too, although he is clearly a big eater because I think he makes it at least TWICE a week, lol. ;) This is an awesome basic bread recipe and I bet anyone would love it. Also, although I haven't read "In Defense of Food" yet, I did read "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and it was a fantastic book. Both you and Adam would probably love it!

  4. Hey Amanda! I love that we've both found bread-making men :) Although I haven't read "The Omnivore's Dilemma," Adam has and he agrees with you--he actually says he likes it better than "In Defense of Food." I'll have to give them a try and weigh in on it.

  5. This looks great Kylie! Question though, is bread flour good for you like whole wheat? I don't know anything about bread flour lol and the point of me making bread at home is to have it healthier than whats at stores!! Let me know :):):)