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My Favourite Breadmaker Recipe!

I love the smell of homemade bread! When I got quite a bit of birthday money a few years back, I finally decided to buy a breadmaker, and I haven’t regretted it yet 🙂 I do have to be  careful not to cave to the temptation to eat half the loaf when it comes out of the breadmaker, but generally I manage that! I only just managed to get this photo taken this morning before my dear husband came and pinched a bit of bread off the side…

Homemade bread is also a great way to bless people, as most people love it, and it’s a fun thing to serve when you have company, with some butter and cheese. Here is my favourite recipe for the bread I make most days, that my family loves.

Yeast 1.5tsp

Strong White Bread Flour 350g  (2 and 3/4 cups)

Strong Wholemeal Bread Flour 125g  (1 cup)

Sugar 1.5tsp

Butter 25g  (2 tbsp)

Salt 1.5tsp

Water 320ml  (1 and 1/3 cup)

Chewable Vitamin C tablet crushed (this helps it to rise)

I use the grams and ml since I’m in the UK. The measurements in brackets are as near as I could convert to, so hopefully it still works if you use cups! I put the ingredients in the breadmaker in the order shown, as exactly as I can. If you use a measuring scale, the water can be measured as grams which is quite handy – 320ml is the same as 320 grams. I put this in the breadmaker with the Rapid bake (2hrs) program, for a white loaf, large size and light crust. The bread stays moist for a couple of days and tastes great.

In case anyone is looking at buying a breadmaker, it might help you to know that I have a Panasonic SD254 and I love it, apart from I think the one with the raisin dispenser gives you a few more options. It does seem to be a good idea to research models before buying, as I have heard a lot of bad stories about breadmakers not working very well.


The Blessing of Being Early

I have had a revolutionary week. I implemented one small change in my day and it had amazing results! A friend gave me some advice which I have heard before but never figured out how to fit it in my day. She suggested I prepare the dinner straight after breakfast, and just fit the homeschooling in after that.

I thought I’d give it a try, and the results were amazing! Dinner has always been one of the most stressful times of the day – I’m tired, the kids are tired, everyone’s hungry. But if most of it is ready, it is all so easy. And it also means dinner is more likely to be on time, which means I have more time afterwards to get everything else done before the kids go to bed and I hit a wall. I have been a lot more relaxed as a result – which helps with everything else too, like patience, and saying the right things, and loving my husband and children!

So I think God is trying to impress on me how doing some things ahead like that can really make a difference. I read the other day how Abraham, having been told to sacrifice his son, got up early the next morning to journey three days to obey. It really struck me that he got up early to do something that must have been very hard. If you do things before they need to be done you save yourself so much stress, and get things done better and on time.

I think we need to look at our lives every so often and think, what is it that is causing me a lot of stress or tiredness? What is there that I can do early?