If you asked me which of my kitchen appliance serves me best. Without hesitation, I would say is my breadmaker - The Sanyo Bread Factory. Why? It has over the past 10 years taken not only the hard work of kneading but also the time keeping from me in churning out fresh good loaves of bread. Today, I can no longer live without my home made bread as I am so dependant on it to start my day. Besides my usual morning coffee *grin*, of course.
With breadmaker, all you need to do is to pile the ingredients in the pan provided according to the manufacturer's instruction. And......viola 3 hours later you get freshly baked bread. Some breadmaker like mine also has a delayed function. Which means you can put all the ingredients in the pan provided and set the time that you want the bread to be ready. I usually set my bread to be ready by 7am the next morning so that I get to wake up to the smell of freshly baked bread. It would be perfect if this is coupled with the smell of freshly brewed coffee.
For the above loaf of bread, I used the following recipe from Betty Crocker's Best Bread Machine Cookbook.
1 cup plus 2 tbsp water
2 tbsp butter (room temperature)
3 cups bread flour
3 tbsp milk powder
2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp active dry yeast
Place all ingredients in breadmaker pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Basic/White cycle. Remove bread from pan immediately after the baking has completed and cool on wire rack.