I finally did it! I perfected my bread machine recipe. It took so much trial and error. Loaves of bread were turned into french toast, bread crumbs and barely tolerated as I tried to figure why I could not get it rise perfectly. Eric, our family bread maker, tried to give my advice, which I refused. I wanted to do it on my own. Last night, I pulled out of the bread machine a beautiful and tasty loaf of bread. With the help of many websites, I have my recipe.
Bread Machine Sandwich Bread
1 1/2 cup whey (I used the whey from our homemade yogurt)
3 tbsp honey
3 tbsp butter
3 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp yeast
Warm the whey, honey and butter to 110 degrees, make sure the butter is melted. I used the microwave, but the stovetop would work to. I used our candy thermometer to closely monitor that temperature. Put the liquid in your bread machine. Add the flour, salt and yeast. Use the whole wheat setting on the bread machine. This is a longer cycle, but it worked best for me.
I use a bread machine because I am not one of those people who find kneading bread soothing. Honestly, I am just not that patient. I wish I were. The bread machine gives me the best of both worlds. Homemade bread without the elbow grease.