Archives for October 2011

Simple Sourdough Bread Machine Recipe

If you’re like me, you’ve looked through dozens of bread machine recipes in search of that perfect sourdough bread machine recipe. In my own experience, most bread machine recipes have been great, except when it comes to sourdough. Why’s it so challenging to find just one fantastic sourdough bread machine recipe? Come here, lean in close, and I’ll tell you a little secret. They’re not all bad, I have found a fantastic recipe for sourdough using a bread machine, and I’ll share it with you, under one condition.

That condition is that you have to promise to share this sourdough bread machine recipe with your friends, or at the very least make it for them whenever they ask (As long as they ask nicely!) I love crusty breads to dip into a warm, hearty bowl of soup. I have heard of people who swear by dipping their crusty breads into water, milk, and even wine. However you choose to enjoy it is up to you.

Sourdough Starter

  • 1 1/2 tsp of bread machine yeast, or quick active dry yeast.
  • 4 cups of water (Warm, but not hot.)
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 4 tsp of sugar


  • 1/2 a cup of water
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour (You can also find flour specially meant for baking bread.)
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp of sale
  • 1 tsp of bread machine yeast, or quick active dry yeast.

Preparation Instructions

  1. As mentioned, you will need to prepare the starter a week ahead of time. Start by dissolving the yeast in the warm water, and then add the rest of the ingredients for the sourdough starter. Mix everything together very thoroughly until evenly blended. Cover with a towel and allow it to sit on the counter at room temperature undisturbed for a week. Once it has a sour smell and many little bubbles, it’s ready to be refrigerated, where it can wait until you’re ready to make the bread.
  2. Measure 1 cup of your sourdough starter and place it in the bread machine, then add the rest of the ingredients from the “Bread” section above. Some machines will offer you a particular order to put in the ingredients. I have found that it doesn’t make a huge difference but it may be worth looking into for your partcular model of bread machine.
  3. Use “Basic” or “Normal” setting (Will vary by machine.) and set the crust to light. Cooking time will vary depending on your machine, but your work is all done.

Allow a few minutes for the bread to cool, this gives you time to throw together your favourite spinich dip or just to enjoy the amazing aromas that are filling your home.

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Pumpkin Bread Recipe with Canned Pumpkin

After we finish carving our pumpkins, it’s a tradition in my home to bake a delicious loaf of pumpkin bread, and I’m going to share our favourite pumpkin bread recipe with you. I like to use fresh pumpkin that’s left over from the carving. It can get chilly in autumn and a warm loaf of bread from the oven makes a nice treat after a day of carving pumpkins. Now, if you aren’t able to get fresh pumpkin, you can certainly make this pumpkin bread recipe with canned pumpkin as well, making it an excellent treat all year round.

I urge you to give this recipe a try none the less the next time you’re in a pinch. Most people won’t be able to tell the difference, so it will be our secret!

This recipe makes two normal sized loaves, or one giant loaf!

  • 10 oz. pumpkin puree (Fresh or from a can)
  • 2 eggs (Medium)
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil (Whichever you prefer to bake with)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Click the video below to watch Chef John make an awesome Pumpkin Bread  Recipe;

Pumpkin Bread Recipe


Preparation Instructions:

1) If you are using fresh pumpkin for this recipe, it’s very simple to prepare the pumpkin puree yourself. Cut the pumpkin into pieces and boil or bake it until it is tender, then remove the skin and it will be soft and easy to puree. Skip this step if you are using canned pumpkin.

2) Preheat your oven to 350oF (That’s 180oC). While you wait, grease your baking pan (or pans if you’re making two smaller loaves) and coat it with flower.

3) Next, combine the pumpkin puree, eggs, vegetable oil and sugar into a medium sized bowl and mix until they’re evenly blended.

4) In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and the spices. If you prefer certain spices to others, you can adjust the amounts in accordance to your own tastes.

5) Combine both the dry and the wet mixture, whisk them together slowly into one bowl and then pour the mixture into your greased and floured baking pan.

6) Bake in oven for 45 minutes, or until you can poke it using a toothpick and have the toothpick come out without any batter sticking to it.

There you have it, a delightful alternative to banana bread that you can make year-round. It’s fluffier and less dense than a lot of pumpkin bread recipes, and the spices bring out a seasonal warmth that’s always welcome come the fall.

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Sourdough Bread Machine Recipe

If you’re not the type to wake up at 5am to bake the bread then let the bread machine wake up for you. This easy Sourdough bread machine recipe is as good as the bakers.

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Banana Bread Recipe

Toasted with tea or coffee, who can resist a good piece of banana bread. My banana bread recipe is sure to please.

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Rice Flour Bread Recipe

It’s time for the basics. I’ll show you how to create a healthy bread loaf from rice flour. That should keep the celiac’s off my back for a while….

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Indian Fry Bread Recipe

I’m busy preparing my Indian Fry bread recipe for posting soon…

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Bread Recipe Secrets

From healthy to hearty and vegan to vegetarian you’ll find an assortment of bread recipe for every taste and occasion.

And we mean EVERY occasion. Try our Indian Fry bread recipe, Sausage bread recipe or even the Garlic Cheese bread recipe.

For those with a milder palette check out our pumpkin bread recipe which comes with a number of varients including pumpkin bread pudding recipe.

Speaking of pudding, we’ve also posted our bread and butter pudding recipe and banana bread pudding recipe.

For our vegan and celiac readers you’ll find a number of vegan banana bread recipes and gluten free banana bread recipes.

For the weight concious how about low carb bread machine recipes and for the indulgent a white chocolate bread pudding recipe.

They’re all here with easy instructions and catagorised for your convenience. We’ve let loose our master team of chefs and captured their secrets for your benefit.

Remember, if you like the recipe’s or would like to add a variation then please leave a comment at the end of the recipe or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy Baking!

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