I love making bread, but my time is pretty limited. I pulled out my bread maker, and started playing around with bread recipes. I was never happy with the bread that came out of my bread maker. It was too dense, and I didn't like the shape. I started making the dough in my bread maker, and baking it in the oven and it was so much better!
I start off with proofing my yeast.
1 1/4 cup of warm water
2 1/4 tsp of bread machine yeast
3 tbsp of sugar
(wait 10 minutes)
After 10 minutes, It'll look foamy
3 cups of flour
1 tsp of salt
1 tbsp of shortening
I put the machine of dough, and let it cycle. In the end it rises, and looks like this:
Baked at 350 degrees for 30 mins.
All in all, it sounds time consuming, but I really don't mind doing it. The bread tastes so good, and the machine does most of the work.
Once it's out of the oven, I put it on a rack to cool and lightly butter the crust.