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  1. Weigh your flour; or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup, then sweeping off any excess. Place the flour and all the rest of the ingredients into the pan of your bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer.

  2. Program the machine for basic bread, light crust, and press Start.

  3. Check the dough's consistency about 7 minutes after the kneading cycle begins, adding additional water or flour to form a soft, smooth ball of dough. Allow the machine to complete its cycle.

  4. Cool the loaf completely before serving. Store bread, well wrapped, at room temperature for several days. Freeze for longer storage.

Tips from our Bakers

  • Don't have a bread machine? Mix, knead, and shape the dough, then let it rise until very puffy. Deflate the dough, shape it into a log, and place it in an 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" pan. Cover the pan, let it rise until it's crowned about 1" over the pan's rim, uncover, and bake in a preheated 350°F oven for about 35 to 40 minutes, until it tests done.