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For a while my bread-maker was rubbish and baking homemade bread wasn’t quite up to scratch. What it was producing was hard and heavy, and my whole family refused to eat it.
Now, on the other hand, we have light, airy, fragrant, new-baked, wheaty loaves which the family have been scoffing down with fresh salted butter and Nutella like there’s no tomorrow.
Want to know why? Well, I’m afraid it’s down to my mother in law. And I’m saying this through gritted teeth. She suggested, when she was here for Easter, that perhaps my yeast was out of date. I harrumphed and bridled and told her that dried yeast went on for ever – like sugar. But when we checked the sell-by date it was… wait for it… 2005! At the time, that was 6 years out of date. So turns out yeast can just stop working when it gets too old.
So I chucked out that yeast (the 500g tub which I was never going to get through considering I only make bread about once every 3-4 months) and bought some new 7g sachets. I’ve made a lovely chocolate loaf with Nutella marbled through it. It’s irresistible. Even though I’ve sliced and frozen it (homemade bread goes stale quicker than shop-bought because it doesn’t have preservatives in) it’s still calling to me from the freezer. I wish it would shut up – I’m doing low carb.
Ingredients (makes one loaf)
Basically add all the ingredients together then press the button. Three hours later you’ll have lovely bread!
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