The Daily Bread

Here’s what’s on the table this week. Note that I almost missed the photo opportunity. I left this out to cool before putting it in a storage bag, and before I knew it, a third of the loaf was gone.

Pecan Maple Buttermilk Bread

1 Tbl butter
3 Tbl maple syrup
1 cup water
1 1/2 cup white bread flour
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
4 Tbl buttermilk powder
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp yeast
1 1/2 Tbl gluten flour
2/3 cup golden raisins
2/3cup chopped pecans

I made the dough in the bread machine, and added the raisins and pecans towards the end of the kneading process so they didn’t get too mashed up. Knead it a bit by hand before you shape the loaf if you need to so that the fruit and nuts are dispersed evenly. It was baked at 350 degrees to an inside temp of 190 degrees (use an instant read thermometer). My oven runs a bit hot, so you might need to up your oven temp to 375.

Go here for my generic bread instructions.

You could add more or less syrup to taste, or use molasses for a little different flavor. You could also use different nuts, walnuts would be great, but I had pecans so that’s what I used. If you can’t find some of those ingredients, check out this online store. This bread is lovely toasted, with either cinnamon sugar or jam on top.

For something similar, but with a little less of a free-form recipe, check out Rose’s Cranberry Walnut bread from a couple of days ago. She uses a starter with hers, so it takes longer.

After reading her instructions for the cranberry bread, I realized why my Daily Bread turned out a bit dense this time. She suggests adding the fruit by hand, not in the bread machine, as it breaks up and will result in a compact loaf. So next time I make this, I’ll let the bread go through the initial dough cycle, and then take the bread out of the machine and add the raisins before it goes through the first rise.


About Lorette

My name is Lorette. I learned to knit in 1999, and took up spinning in 2009. I'm a physician specializing in internal medicine, and live in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy my blog!


The Daily Bread — 8 Comments

  1. Once again, why did I keep reading??? Now I really need some of this bread. And I mean NOW!
    Thanks for the recipes, though. I don’t have a bread machine, but am going to give them a try, nonetheless.

  2. Mmmm…I love bread machines! I too, only use the dough cycle and bake it “the old fashioned” way. Thanks so much for that link! I have a nice international market, but it’s a bugger to get in and out of the plaza it’s in.

  3. Mmmm, bread. This is why we banished the bread machine to the basement. When it was allowed in the kitchen, it worked WAY too much as seen by my expanding waistline! :o)
    I have a sock pattern question for you. Somewhere in your archives, you had mentioned where you found the directions for the picot edging on your socks. Would you please refresh my memory? I love how your socks turn out. (I too, prefer knitting basic socks over the fancy designs. It makes for a more portable -mindless- travel project.)

  4. Just happened onto your blog. All I can say is WOW. Like, how do you find the time and energy to blog, knit, bake, and heal the sick? I just learned to knit this year but am having major difficulty knitting in the round. I’m always searching the net for knitting tips like how to not have a hole show at the beginning of a row when knitting in the round. Suggestions?