The Breadmaker Bread Recipe That Changed Our Lives

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.

An artisan-style bread from a bread-maker that will please all. Photo © Liesl Clark

An artisan-style bread from a bread-maker that will please all. Photo © Liesl Clark

Here are the obvious benefits of this delicious bread:

1) No plastic packaging.

The little plastic bread clip

Bread bag with a little plastic bread clip.

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.

Teflon-Free Zogirushi Pans. Photo © Liesl Clark

Teflon-Free Zogirushi Pans. Photo © Liesl Clark

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.

This bread has changed our lives. Easy. Cheap. Healthy. Homemade. Plastic-Free. Photo © Liesl Clark

This bread has changed our lives. Easy. Cheap. Healthy. Homemade. Plastic-Free. Photo © Liesl Clark

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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16 Comments on “The Breadmaker Bread Recipe That Changed Our Lives”

  1. January 26, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    My bf enjoys making pumpkin bread….fresh bread is always delicious….

  2. Julie
    May 6, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    It is not actually teflon free, though. In the product description it states “non-stick coated pan.” If you call them, you will find out that the coating they use is the generic name for teflon, “fluoropolymer.” 😦 I have been looking and can’t actually find a bread machine that doesn’t have fluoropolymer coating. Sad state of affairs.

    • May 6, 2013 at 8:31 am #

      Very sad state of affairs, Julie. I had wondered what fluoropolymer is.

      • Kelly
        September 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

        You should really change or delete your article then — since the machine is indeed teflon-coated, and not only that, the coating tends to peel off both the blade and the inside tray within a year or so, if not sooner in some cases. Check out the 1-star reviews on Amazon…

      • November 6, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

        I’ve changed the article to mention this.

  3. Naomi
    February 8, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

    It always makes me nervous to follow a recipe that instructs to use a handful of this and a handful of that, and especially bread. I have learned that I can’t just add ingredients willy-nilly and expect my bread to come out great every time. I have larger hands than most people. And I always wonder, if the hand being used to measure is closed close to a fist, it won’t hold as much as if spread out palm up. Makes a big difference in how much food your hand will hold. So how exactly do you measure nuts, fruits, etc. with your hand?

    • February 8, 2016 at 5:22 pm #

      Hi Naomi. I can vouch for the fact that both my 10 year old daughter and I make this recipe. When she makes it, it tastes just like when I make it. The nuts and raisins are really just a hint in the whole bread experience, so go ahead, use big handfuls or little handfuls, it’s all good!

  4. August 8, 2016 at 11:11 am #

    What can I substitute for the egg, milk and yogurt? Is it possible? I have trouble with those things 😦 But I would really like to try this recipe. It sounds great! Thank you!

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