Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bread made in bread machine & stuff

Good afternoon Folks ~ Hope your week is going well in spite of the weather wherever you are. It is very warm and humid here. Summer is here early and we just have to work outside as early as possible. It's not bad in the shade, but pretty soon even that won't feel good. DH is working on a restoration project that I'll tell about later.

This morning I got another load of laundry washed and hung out to dry. Did two loads yesterday and
worked outside in the gardens both mornings. I got a loaf of Old Fashioned Oatmeal bread going in the bread machine before I headed outdoors this morning and it was done by 10:15 or so. This is one of my favorite recipes.

My bread machine is made by Oster. I've had it for 12 years now. If I ever have to get another one, it will be one that the pan is like a regular loaf, not this upright loaf. Although, that will probably be a bigger machine, and space is valuable here in our little Plum Cottage. One thing to look for when you buy a bread machine is to make sure the paddle comes out for easy cleaning.

One reason why I like the bread machine is that I don't have to worry about it rising, and another reason, is it does not heat up the kitchen like the oven would.

My bread machine.


Water, molasses, butter in pan.

Dry ingredients added and yeast into an indentation.

Ta Da ~ A wonderful, healthy loaf of bread.


1 c. water
1/4 c. molasses
2 T. butter softened
3 c. bread flour
1/2 c. quick-cooking or regular oatmeal
2 T. powdered milk
1 tsp. powdered sage
1/2 tsp. marjoram
1/2 tsp. caraway seed
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1 3/4 tsp. yeast

1 ~ Measure and add liquid ingredients to the bread pan. 2 ~ Measure and add dry ingredients (except yeast) to the bread pan. 3 ~ Use your finger to form a well (hole) in the flour where you will pour the yeast. Yeast must NEVER come into contact with a liquid when you are adding ingredients. Measure the yeast and carefully pour it into the well. Bake according to your bread machine, on sweet setting.


Thank you all for you kind comments about my little crocheted birdies. Each one takes time, but so worth the results.

I haven't found a lavender that likes our heat and humidity so I can't grow it. I bought the organic dried lavender bulk from online where I order other bulk herbs.

I will be working at my job the next three days, so have tried to get things done around here. It's now time to think about making up a meatloaf to in the oven for supper.


All the art of living

lies in a fine mingling of

letting go and holding on.

Havelock Ellis


Zone 10 ~ s.e. FL


Southern Lady said...

Yummy, now I am really wanting a bread machine. I have somehow missed your last few post, but I just got caught up on them. The little birds are adorable. It sounds like you are staying very busy. Carla

Balisha said...

Hi..Thanks for the answers about bread machines. If I buy one...I will remember this post. I hope that I can find one at a garage sale. I think that so many people buy appliances and then put them in the cupboard and never use them.A bread machine might just be one of those, so I may find one. Thanks again...Have a wonderful Easter.

NellJean said...

Bread looks delicious.

I can't grow lavender, either. I tried Spanish lavender. It lasted through a winter and the next summer. By fall it just up and died.

gld said...

The bread looks wonderful. I love the even brown color. I am saving the recipe. I think it would work in the traditional way I do mine using a mixer and then baking in the oven.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

That does look good. I had a bread machine that my parents didn't want anymore. I kept forgetting to use it, partly because it was in a closet in the dining room. I gave it to our son and daughter-in-law a couple weeks ago, when they found out their 3 year old was allergic to a number of things, including soy. Most bread has soy in it.

Our weather is quite different from yours. It is currently 48 degrees. The high was 59 or so. I hope you get a reprieve from the heat.

Karen said...

I am seriously thinking about purchasing a bread machine now too. Your recipes are all so tasty and nutritious. My mother used to make homemade bread every week but I have to admit, I never have. I think the machine would make it a little easier. Next to fresh laundry off the lines, my next favorite aroma is of fresh-baked bread.

Have you received any rain yet? Our weather is so opposite and yet we really aren't all that far apart in distance.

Masha said...

It is getting too hot? Here we have been having temperatures in the 60s, and we are still wearing sweaters :(. It is not warm enough for me, but at least rose blooms last a little longer (if they open...). Thanks for showing your bread machine, I have wanted one for awhile, but they are not cheap. Maybe some day.

Skeeter said...

We have an Oster bread machine as well. We do not like the upright loaves plus this machine makes a bit of noise while mixing like a screeching sound. It is very annoying. We will try this recipe once we clear out the store bought bread while company was in the house...

Skeeter said...

Oh, I forgot to mention. I have Coco Purple Lavender (Lavandula Coco purple) in my Georgia garden. It does well but is more a dward shrub...

Jeri Landers said...

I have this bread machine and have only used it a few times. That bread looks pretty tasty and healthful. I think I'll dust off my Oster and let it do it's job!

Susan said...

Hi Flowerlady...I've often thought about buying a bread machine. One reason...I would know that there are all natural ingredients in my bread and not a bunch of preservatives. Plus, there's nothing quite like fresh bread from the oven and your oatmeal loaf looks very good. Have a nice Easter.

sherryocala said...

Hey, FlowerLady, we haven't used our Welbilt breadmaker in years. I wonder if the new ones are much improved. I love oatmeal bread. I'll have to look into this more. Have you tried Spanish Lavender? I grew it a couple of years ago in my front garden when the roses were babies and I had extra room. It got quite big and had no problems. It smelled, too, though I don't really care for the smell. :((

One Woman's Journey said...

Your bread looks wonderful
I love fresh bread
But to make for one person
Almost to much breade....

sweetbay said...

I will have to make this recipe. Just got a new bread machine after our first one finally died and need to try it out!

Debi@7Gates said...

I have no bread machine, so can I just use the same recipe and go from there and judge my cooking time? Lavender doesn't do well for me either, but I know it can be grown with good conditions in N.C. as there is a lavender farm down the road. I think I can smell your bread. Yummy.....