By Liesl Clark
Unlike most breadmaker owners, we actually use our machine regularly. We’ve been making bread from it non-stop for years. Yes, years! And it’s all on account of finding the perfect bread recipe for my family. It’s a whole wheat raisin and walnut bread that toasts perfectly, is moist, and has just the right amount of crunch in the crust. Try it, it works with most breadmakers and should definitely satisfy. We’ve got the routine down so we can assemble the ingredients in 4 minutes.
Here are the obvious benefits of this delicious bread:
1) No plastic packaging.
2) Saves money. Our locally-baked bread costs about $5.00 per loaf. We buy our ingredients in bulk and each loaf costs us less than $1.00.
3) Nothing better than the smell (and taste) of home baked bread coming out of the oven.
Whole Wheat Walnut Raisin Bread
1 Cup warm water
3/4 Cup combination of liquid ingredients (we use 1 egg + milk and a little yogurt)
2 Tablespoons flax seed oil (you can substitute another nut oil, but flax seed oil is excellent)
1 Heaping teaspoon salt (we use a celtic sea salt)
3 Cups flour (we prefer one cup whole wheat and 2 cups white, all organic)
4 Handfuls walnuts (this is also excellent with flax seeds)
3-4 Handfuls raisins
1 Tablespoon honey
3/8 Teaspoon yeast (we add more as our yeast ages since we buy it in bulk)
If you like a little body to your bread, add about 1/4 cup shredded zucchini or carrot which we do when those veggies are in our garden.
If you add all of these ingredients in this order, making sure the yeast is added near the honey so it can react to the sugars in it, you should be all set. This recipe makes a 2-3 lb loaf of bread and takes about 3 hours and 25 minutes in our breadmaker. Each breadmaker is different, so don’t sweat it if your bake and rise times are different. We’ve used this recipe on 4 different breadmakers and have had success each time.
What about the Teflon in the bread machine pan, you might ask? Zojirushi makes what many have called a teflon-free breadmaker that we switched to after reading all the negative press about the potential health hazards of cooking with Teflon. We converted our entire kitchen into a Teflon-free zone. I highly recommend this bread machine as they’ll readily send you parts if you need them replaced. However, I have to let you know that this machine is NOT teflon-free. They coat it with a generic polymer that is….Teflon, but it’s just given a different name. Alas, if you want Teflon-free bread, you’ll have to make it sans breadmaker.
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