If you don’t have a bread machine, this post may not apply to you. Although I highly suggest picking up a bread machine if you don’t already have one. You really don’t know how much you use it until you have one. Ours is used on a VERY regular basis, and we’ve had it for quite a few years. Homemade bread makes a WONDERFUL snack for kids!
For those of you that do have a bread machine, I’d like to share a tip with you. This tip has come from much trial and error (and several breads that didn’t come out unfortunately). That tip is….melt the butter.
If your bread recipe includes butter, pop it in the microwave for a few seconds BEFORE you put it in the machine. If the butter isn’t melted, often times the dough clumps and doesn’t mix the way it should. It’s also not a bad idea to have warm (not hot) water instead of cold.
Sure this might not be a major tip, but I sure wish someone would have given it to me long before I figured it out on my own!