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Bread Machine Recipes That Will Change The Way You Use Your Bread Maker

Pretzels, English muffins ... DOUGHNUTS.

It’s time to dust off that breadmaker and get creative by making some amazing things besides leavened loaves.

This handy machine from Conair (though other companies do make their own models, too) takes the work out of mixing, kneading, and punching that dough.

Just toss all the ingredients into the machine, select the required settings, push start, and voila — you’ve got dough for making some all-time favourites such as pretzels, bagels and doughnuts!

Follow our step by step guide to making donuts using your breadmaker.What You'll Need:
2/3 cups of milk (slightly warmed)
¼ cup water (room temperature)
¼ cup butter, soft
1 egg, slightly beaten
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups bread flour
2 ½ teaspoons bread machine yeast
vegetable oil for deep frying
Start off by accurately measuring all the ingredients! Butter, water and egg should be at room temperature, warm milk slightly in microwave.
Place all ingredients into bread pan in following order, milk, water, butter, egg, sugar, salt, flour and yeast. Do not stir! Set bread maker to dough cycle, push start.
When cycle is complete, dough will be nicely risen and ready to make into donuts.
Remove dough from breadmaker and place on lightly floured surface.
Roll dough to ½ inch thickness.
Cut dough using a floured donut cutter or circle cookie cutters.
Transfer to baking sheet lined with wax paper.Cover with wax paper, then place towel on top. Let rise for 30-40 minutes or until slightly raised. While donuts are rising, heat vegetable oil in deep fryer or large heavy pot to 375º F (190º C).
Fry 2 or 3 doughnuts at a time until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towel. Sprinkle with granulated or powdered sugar.
What You'll Need:
1 cup water
1 ½ teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups bread flour
1 teaspoons bread machine yeast
1.Place all ingredients in order listed into bread machine pan.
2.Do not mix!
3.Insert baking pan securely into baking unit, close lid.
4.Select dough setting on breadmaker, push start button.
5.When cycle is complete, remove dough from pan and transfer to lightly floured surface.
6.Divide dough into 10 -12 equal portions.
7.Roll into balls, then using thumbs make a hole in the center of each ball, working dough until hole is about 1 inch.
8.Place on a greased baking sheet.
9.Grease top of each bagel with soft butter. Cover with wax paper and dry towel, let rinse for 30 minutes.
10.Meanwhile, bring 3 quarts of water and 1 tablespoon sugar to a boil.
11.Reduce heat, lower bagels into water, as many as can fit
12.Simmer 1-2 minutes per side.
13.Drain on paper towel, then, place on greased baking sheet.
14.Brush lightly with egg wash.
15.Bake 400º F for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown.
Optional — sprinkle with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, diced onion, coarse salt, cinnamon sugar prior to baking.
Makes: 10-12 bagels
Soft Pretzels
What You'll Need:
1 cup water (room temperature)
1 tbsp. butter (room temperature)
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 ¾ cups white flour
1 tbsp. dry yeast
For Water Bath – 6 cups water, 1/3 cup baking soda.
Egg wash (1 egg, whisked with 1-2 teaspoons water)
coarse salt
1.Place first 6 ingredients into bread pan fitted with kneading paddle in the order listed! Do not mix.
2.Insert pan securely into baking unit, close lid.
3.Select DOUGH setting and press start.
4.When cycle is complete, remove dough and transfer to lightly floured surface.
Shape Pretzels
1.Divide into 12 equal portions.
2.Roll each piece of dough into a thin rope about 18-20 inches long.
3.To shape pretzel - shape dough rope into a large U, take the 2 ends in your fingers and cross one over the other about 3 inches from the ends. Bring twisted end toward you, fold down leaving ends over-hang a bit. Press dough down a bit where it intersects at the bottom.
Prepare water bath
1.In large wide pot bring 6 cups of water to rapid simmer, add baking soda, stir to dissolve the baking soda, reduce heat to maintain a simmer.
2.Place 1 to 2 pretzels into water bath (or as many that will fit without crowding). Simmer for 30 seconds, flip pretzels and simmer for another 30 seconds.
3. With large slotted spoon remove pretzels and transfer to baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper and lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
Baking Pretzels
1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.After all pretzels have been dipped in the water bath, brush with egg wash.
3.Sprinkle with coarse salt.
4.Bake 400 degrees for 10 -12 minutes until golden brown.
Makes: 12-16 pretzels
English Muffins
Impress your brunch buddies with homemade English muffins. This Buttermilk Honey Wheat recipe from Pitch Fork Diaries is better than any plain or whole wheat version you'll find in stores.
Cinnamon Buns
Baking can be a big production, but with a bread maker on hand, even complicated recipes like cinnamon buns are so simple. So stop storing that bread maker and break it out for the best breads and doughs you'll ever have.
Get the full recipe at Diana Dishes.
Pizza Dough
Making pizza at home is fun for the whole family. Instead of buying day-old dough from the grocery store, pull out your bread maker and make it at home. It's as easy as pouring in the ingredients and pressing start.
Get the recipe at The Blind Cook.


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