Breadmakers seem to have personalities; I’m on my third machine (each from a different manufacturer) and each one has needed its own set of recipes. This recipe makes a perfect white loaf in my Panasonic SD-253. All measurements refer to the cup and spoon provided with the machine.
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- 24 fluid ounces of strong white flour (I highly recommend Doves)
- 1 tsp dried yeast (again, I use Doves)
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp white sugar
- 1 tbsp semi-skimmed milk powder
- ½ tsp vitamin C powder
- 2 tsp groundnut oil
- 350ml water
Put the yeast and the sugar in the pan of the machine. Then the flour, followed by the salt, milk powder and vitamin C. Next put in the oil, before finally putting in the water.
Put the pan in the machine and select the ‘French Bread’ program. Press start, and wait 6 hours for lovely fluffy white bread. To get a good crust you really need to take it out of the pan as soon as possible after it’s ready, so try and catch it within 5 minutes of the beep.
My general experience is that the stronger the flour the better the results. I’ve tried a few different makes and the only one that gives consistently good loaves is Dove Farms Strong White Bread Flour. If you keep getting flat or malformed loaves try changing brand of flour, increasing the water by up to 20ml, increasing the sugar by up to a teaspoon or reducing the salt by 1/4 teaspoon.