Knead help converting a bread machine recipe to an oven.
March 22, 2013 1:20 PM Subscribe
My grandmother's in heaven, my bread machine is in the trash and my family can't wait to have Easter Bread next weekend. Help me successfully get this recipe back in the oven where it originated.
posted by kimberussell to Food & Drink (21 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My Italian granny used to make what she called "Easter Bread" every year until she passed away 10 years ago. It's a sweet bread. Her "recipe" consisted only of a scrawled list of ingredients. After she passed I messed around with my bread machine and those ingredients until I came as close as I could to her recipe. Since then I make 5 or 6 loaves of this bread for my family every Easter, and they are pleased.
BUT ... my bread machine has broken and my budget doesn't allow for the replacement that I want for a while. Shamefully, I've never made bread before without one and Easter is fast approaching. (You can hear Mom-Mom laughing at me now, right? I sure do.)
I'd look for another conventional recipe, but other Italian Easter bread recipes online have almonds, raisins, or orange/citrus flavoring. They also mention braiding the dough around dyed eggs. All of that is intriguing to me, but my family is fond of the plain loaf.
This weekend I plan on testing the recipe but before I start wasting ingredients, I have some questions for the experienced bakers here.
1) I don't even own a loaf pan. What size conventional loaf pans should I buy?
2) The recipe makes a single 1.5 lb loaf, but my bread machine loaves were tall and squat. Would the below recipe make two "normal" loaves?
3) After mixing the dough, how long should I let it rise? Do I let it rise twice?
Here's the bread machine recipe in case anyone is curious...
3/4 cup warm whole or 2% milk
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 or 3 teaspoons anise flavoring, as desired
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup soft room temp. butter
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
Put ingredients in the bread maker on the sweet bread setting, medium crust, 1.5 lb loaf.
When bread is finished, cool, glaze if desired and bring to Easter dinner, where everyone ignores the tell-tale bread machine hole in the bottom of the loaf and tells you that Mom Mom would be so proud of you for keeping up this tradition.
Any tips or tricks you can offer would be well-appreciated. Thanks!!