Friday, May 12, 2006

Soft Plain White Loaf

My breadmaker produces 1 kg loaf but I have found that if I use ingredients for a 1 kg loaf, my bread pushes against the lid of the breadmaker. So I only need to use ingredients for 750g but still produces bread that rises over the pan when baked.

All the bread produced from this recipe have been consistently light and fluffy, similar to commercial bread. This recipe for white bread have never failed me and is good for toast or sandwiches.

soft plain white loaf
Ingredients (for 750 g loaf)
310 ml warm water
1½ tsp salt
1½ Tbsp+1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp lechithin
1 Tbsp+1 tsp milk powder
2¼ tsp surebake yeast (my surebake yeast have bread improver in it)
450gm bread flour


Method
1. Place ingredients into the bread pan according to your breadmaker instructions.
2. Setting : White bread
3. Bread dough will rise to within 1" from top of pan before the baking process begins.
4. Sliced when cooled.

breadmaker soft white loaf
Notes :
1. As temperature here is quite cool, I use warm water to help in the rising process.
2. I use lecithin granules as I find it produces a better loaf.
3. If you cannot find lecithin, use 1 Tbsp oil and reduce water to 295ml.
4. Surebake yeast have bread improver in it. For normal yeast use 1½ tsp+1 tsp bread improver.
5. My loaf usually measures 7" x 5½" x 6"H.

26 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Hiya....lovely blog u have here, Sinner! So many yummy recipes tht im itching to try out. Ur bread looks really good - soft n fluffy. Could u advise the brand of bread maker n model no ? Im thinking of buying a bread maker myself - so tht i can try baking bread at home.

Lily

Sinner said...

Thanks for dropping by Lily. My breadmaker is Breville Bakers Oven. I highly recommend this breadmaker as it is not expensive and is flexible enough as you get better with breadmaking to have some control over the machine.
Do not be disappointed if the first few loaves turn out dense - mine did but I persevered and now are consistently producing soft and light bread. Would love to hear feedback from any recipes you try.

Anonymous said...

Thks for the tip, Sinner! Will try to get bread maker soon n try ur bread recipes.

Lily

Anonymous said...

Which model of the Breville Bakers Oven do u have - BB280 or BB290?

Lily

Sinner said...

Mine is BB280. Happy baking !

Sinner said...

Latest update : 24/1/2008

I am retracting my recommendation for the Breville Breadmaker BB280.

They have changed certain features, most probably to cut cost and I have found their newest model BB280/A (label underneath) is not as durable.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am so glad that I have found your blog, I live in Wellington, NZ and have been trying to have a good recipe for white loaf. Could you pls let me know where I can get Lechithin granules in NZ, New world? Thank you.//yee

Sinner said...

yee, I get mine at the bin section either at Pak n Save or at Bin Inn which is cheaper. The prepacked ones at the health section is more expensive.

Anonymous said...

Thank u so much. I have bought the Lechithin.I just bought a Brevile BB280 breadmaker same like yours i think, do you follow the order stated in the instruction booklet or should the order be modified? Thanks again./yee

Sinner said...

yee, follow the instructions as per booklet which is water first.

If your first loaf comes out dense, please do not despair. Before you eat your first loaf, do a quick measure of its height so you will know whether it has risen to the same height as mine.

Do let me know how your first loaf turns out. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Hello, i tried to bake the white loaf today and it turned out soft but dense. The yeast taste was pretty strong and the bread was actually yellowish, not white : ) I guess i put too much yeast. I will try again thanks.// yee

Sinner said...

yee,
To try and pinpoint your problem, I have a couple of question :

1. did you follow this recipe
2. what brand high grade flour did you use
3. what was the height of the baked bread
4. what type yeast and how many tsp used
5. did you use warm water

Anonymous said...

Hi Sinner, i did follow the recipe exactly. I use bread flour bought from Chinese grocery shop made in taiwan (high protein flour) The bread measurement were about 15cmx5.5cmx6.5cm. I used the same surebake yeast that you mentioned. and used warm water too. I follow the orders as mentioned in Breville booklet putting in the ingredients. The crust was really hard too, i actually left it cool down in the breadmaker for about 35 min before taking it out, wonder if it actually makes the different. Thanks.

Sinner said...

yee,
I prefer to buy my flour from the supermarket as they have a higher turnover so can guarantee that they are fresh. Old flour can cause problems with rising etc. Since the price of flour is now so expensive, I have switched to using HomeBrand from Countdown which has a protein of 11%. Can you have a look at the pack and see whether there is a use by date and also the protein level ?

Your bread measurement is in cm. Doesn't sound right. Looks like you got a very small loaf. How high was the bread ? Just before it started baking was the dough within 1" to the top of pan?

Because we are using surebake, you can't really reduce the yeast by much. Hope you measured it as level tsp and not heaped.

Don't leave the bread in the breadmaker as the bread will sweat and get damp. Better to take it out immediately and leave to cool on a rack. I usually leave it until the next morning and then cut up for breakfast and freeze the leftover. Still nice and fresh.

The bread shouldn't be yellowish - could be the flour.

Sorry about the questions but hopefully we will get you your fluffy bread in the end ;)

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much Sinner. I just tried your Nan's short bread using cookie cutters. My daughter loves it, thanks again.//yee

Sinner said...

yee
So glad your daughter likes the Nan's Shortbread :)
Thanks for the feedback.

Vivien said...

Just wondering...how do you manage to slice the bread into so thin slices? I used a serated knife but my bread slices are big and uneven, like door wedges. :(

Viv from Singapore.

Sinner said...

Vivien,
We have something similar to this. The added bonus is that the bread that is cut from this cutter comes out very smooth too. Best tool ever especially if you make your own bread. Even though it looks bulky, it is quite light weight.

It used to be such a chore cutting bread with a manual or electric knife and we too used to get doorstops and uneven slices.

Problem solved. One less complain from this household :)

Vivien said...

Thank you for your reply. Did you buy this gadget in Auckland?
The family will be going to NZ in November and I hope to get it then.

Sinner said...

Vivien,
Yes, bought my cutter here in Auckland. I got it from Countdown for $60 but they don't sell it anymore.

I have seen something similar at Kmart for $100. My blade is serrated (like the one pictured) wherelse the one at Kmart is a smooth round one.

Vivien said...

Oh, I think a serated blade is better. I will look around the shops when I'm there.

BTW, do you need any stuff from Singapore? We are travelling light and under utilising the baggage allowance. Do let me know,OK?

Sinner said...

Vivien,
You sure know how to tempt a person ;). You are much too kind. Now you have put me in deep thought. lol. Thank you for the offer.

Hope you and your family have a good trip.

Vivien said...

Sinner,
I have no luck looking for the bread slicer in Auckland, Rotorua and today Im looking for it in Taupo with no success. Went to Countdown, Pak n Save, Farmers and Harvey Norman.
Will be going to Hamilton before heading back to Auckland. Hopefully I can find it. I did not see any K Marts so far.

Sinner said...

Vivien, there is 4 K Mart in Auckland. The one where I saw had the bread or meat slicer (I think that is what they call it) is in Henderson. Don't know whether it is still in stock. The other 3 KMart are in Papatoetoe, St Luke and Botany. Can you get hold of a telephone directory? Might be easier to give them a call to find out if they have stock.

Hope you are enjoying your trip so far and the weather behaves for the rest of your trip.

Vivien said...

Thanks Sinner.Will look for the Kmarts when back in Auckland. The weather is so far so good but the sun is so bright and very "glaring".
The Chinese restaurants/takeaways so far have not very good. You can cook better than them cos I have tried your recipes and always thumbs up from my boys.
Once again, thanks alot for sharing your recipes.
Vivien

Sinner said...

Vivien, thanks for your compliment. Glad your boys like the recipes but I believe it would be due to your good cooking skills :)
Chinese food here cannot compare at all to Msia or Sg.
Temperature is heating up fast. Summer is fast approaching.

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