Makes 2 loaves or 2 dozen rolls
Put ingredients into pan of bread machine in the following order:
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons salt (sea salt preferred)
- 4 cups unbleached flour (use a combo – 1 wheat/3 white)
- 1/3 cup sugar (honey preferred)
- 1/2 cup instant potato flakes
- 5 teaspoons active dry yeast
Set bread machine on “dough” cycle. Once done with dough cycle, turn out onto floured surface. Knead a little to get all the air out, then shape into 2 loaves or 24 rolls and put into greased pans. Put in warm oven with a dish towel over the pans to raise. (Before I put the pans in, I usually turn the oven on for a few minutes to warm it up, then turn the oven off and turn the oven light on to keep it warm inside while the bread raises.) Let bread raise for about 1 hour in the oven.
This recipe will not make huge loaves, but the dough should raise until about even with the top of the pans, then raise more as it bakes.
When ready to bake, remove towel, leave pans in the oven, turn oven on to 325 degrees and set timer for 25 minutes. The bread will continue to rise a little while the oven is warming up. I find this works pretty well.
Note: As I said above, this recipe does not make huge 2-lb. loaves like some do. This recipe was from my bread machine book and I just adjusted it to make two small loaves of bread. I think it will make more like two 1-lb. or 1 1/2-lb. loaves.