I Got the Bread

Do you have a bread-maker?  I have had mine for a couple years and I am still amazed by it!  Baking bread seems too complex for a counter-top appliance so I imagine there are little baker elves inside.  I have checked at various stages through the window on top and no elves (unless they hide when they hear me coming).

I tried a few recipes from the booklet that came with the bread-maker and ones I found online.  Over time my bread-making has evolved into one amalgam recipe that is yummy and healthy and now I only make that.  Not very creative of me but it is that good!  Everyone loves it especially when it first emerges from its rectangular metal baking bucket.  After the first day it is great for toast and grill cheese sandwiches made from this bread are to die for!  Today I am going to share this recipe for those of you who have bread-makers and maybe it works for bead made by hand but I wouldn’t know because I have never actually made bread by hand.  By the way, if you make bread by hand, I am in awe!

Ann’s Bread-maker Multi-grain Raisin Bread Recipe


  • 1 3/8 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of corn meal
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • 1 cup of raisins or currents


  1. Put everything, except the yeast and raisins in the bread-maker, starting with the wet ingredients.
  2. Make a dish shape in the pile of dry ingredients and add the yeast.
  3. Select the whole wheat setting and press start.
  4. When it beeps during the kneading cycle, add the raisins.

Like I said, my whole family loves this bread and when my parents come over I always make a loaf for my dad to take home.  He has if with coffee for a dessert.

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If you are in the market for one, this is the model I have.  It’s a value model and I am perfectly happy with it!  To learn more about its features click on the image to go to the Amazon product page.

Oster ExpressBake Breadmaker

Oh, and get a bread knife too!  Here is an 8 inch one from Oxo.

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Do you have a favorite bread recipe, for bread-maker or not, please share!

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This post is linked up with Frankly My Dear and her What’s the Word? Wednesday.  Grab a coffee and head on over!



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    • Wow. That’s right, you’re from a big family. Incredible! Makes me feel like kind of a slouch.

  1. I love making home made bread, but my bread machine gets too hot, so I can’t bake it in the machine. Instead I let the elves — I mean, the machine — do the work and then I take it out and put it in the oven. It may be that I have overworked my machine since I use it so much (for bread, and for pizza dough). I’ll be getting a new machine soon and will look at the one you mentioned… so good to have a recommendation of a good one!
    Wow… I was going to link to my food blog post with the recipe for my favorite bread machine bread, but I’ve not posted it yet! Thought I did. Oh well, here’s the link to the pizza dough I make in the machine:
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  2. I have a goal that i will make all of the bread we consume in the house at some point, and stop buying it. It is hard to find bread without high-fructose corn syrup or artificial coloring in it. For now, I found one brand that we all like that fits the bill, but hopefully soon I can try my hand at bread making. I make banana bread from scratch, but that is a no-knead, no-yeast bread.
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    • I look for the no, no’s too! Would love to know the brand. I usually buy whole grain Arnold brand or Nature’s Promise but don’t know about the dyes. My parents were getting Alvarado until they discontinued it here. I just couldn’t get used to that one – too hard core. I love banana bread great use for old bananas!

  3. No bread maker here….always wanted one, but never have had the space! I do make homemade bread from the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, and it is really easy! We’ve made four or five different recipes and they all came out great. It’s been a year or so since I’ve done it, thanks for reminding me, I think I’ll try to bake some this weekend. Here’s the Amazon link to the book:
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  4. My parents got a breadmak but only made bread to eat as a snack, not to serve a purpose, like sandwich bread. They quickly lost interest. My sister got a bread make for Christmas that is the same brand as her rice cooker, no idea the name, but she loves it. It makes a fanatic pizza dough and for that alone, I keep thinking I might want to get one. I would love to had control over what goes in my read, but I just don’t have the counter space….
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    • I am not so much into baking either. I am glad my elves don’t make cookies or I’d be in trouble!!!

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