I've decided to start using my breadmaker again. It is quite a simple bottom of the range panasonic. I stopped using it because all the recipes in the instruction book came out really light - I don't want brick heavy bread but I want it to feel like you are eating something rather than air. Anyone got any good recipes I could try out in it please - it's the type where you have to put everything in at the beginning - you can't add ingredients half way through. Thank you.
I use a bog standard recipe which I've tweaked to make denser bread. 300ml water, splash of oil, 500g any type of flour (even the most economy level white flour although I like Allinsons seed and grain), small tsp salt, heaped tsp sugar, squirt of runny honey and small tsp yeast (half a 7g sachet). My machine you add wet ingredients first, yeast last. 3hrs basic bread cycle and the bread is always perfect! Sometimes add a few sunflower/pumpkin seeds etc or vary it by adding 2tbsp cinnamon and a cup of raisins or mixed fruit etc. Or herbs and some strong cheddar - always just that basic bread recipe though.
It does work, honestly. If the breadmaker isn't set to start working until several hours later the yeast gets mixed in straight away. But if you leave it on a timer the layer of flour does keep the yeast dry and the bread is just as nice.