I recently received compliments on my favorite homemade bread loaf, which I brought to a winery gathering, so I thought I'd share it here. It's great with hearty grilled foods and red wine. Enjoy with friends, family and customers.
I prefer an upright-style bread machine for even rising and baking. If you haven't tried using a bread machine yet, inexpensive models are available used on eBay and similar sites for around $30.
I prefer the upright model to the horizontal pan machines because it consistently produces a thoroughly mixed, fluffier, and uniform loaf. The basic recipe is for a large 2 pound loaf of white bread, but I add two secret ingredients: coriander seed and a saffron mix. Coriander seed gives the bread cubes a citrusy crunch, and the saffron blend gives it a deep yellow color and a toasty, almost tobacco-like aroma which is great with red wine. For another variation, you can also add dried safflower petals, which are frequently available in your grocer's Mexican spice section.
Here's the recipe, which you may want to adjust depending on your basic bread machine recipe . . .
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons "better for bread machines" yeast
- 2 tablespoons whole coriander seed
- 2 tablespoons "Maharajah" blend from Penzeys.com
Set the machine for 2 pound loaf, medium dark. Come back 3 hours later and it's done! Not to mention, it will make your tasting room smell great while it's baking!
Disclaimer: Wineries, please check with your local health department and obey all health code regulations.