If you are out on your boat for extended periods of time, you will know that fresh bread can be a challenge. First up, it doesn’t last that long in the salt air and grows mould quickly – even in an airtight container stowed in the microwave. I prefer to keep mine in the freezer, but it takes up valuable real estate.
A fellow boater turned me on to a compact bread maker, and I thought I would try it. I purchased the Oster Express Bake Bread Maker but have also tried the Hamilton Beach Bread Maker. Both units offer an express cycle that makes a one-pound loaf of bread in one hour. I find the bread isn’t as airy as the three-hour cycle, but when I am at anchor and concerned about battery power, it is a great option.
I chose the Oster over the Hamilton Beach because it has a separate compartment at the top to add nuts and raisins to the mixture. There are so many great bread recipes, but the basic ingredients are flour, water, sugar/honey, oil, a dash of salt, and yeast. Note that if you use the express setting, you must use rapid-rise yeast, whereas the three-hour cycle uses active dry yeast.
I also purchased a set of Chef’s Path Food Storage Containers (the seven-piece set). It was one of the only sets I could find that came with labels and a pen! They are stackable and fit perfectly in the cupboard.
The added bonus is that you can make dough for dinner rolls, pizzas, and super dee-lish cinnamon rolls.
Basic Bread Machine Boat Bread
- 1 Bread Machine – Express bake cycle uses less battery power if you are at anchor
- 1 cup warm water
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tbsp sugar or honey
- 1/4 cup vegetable or olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 packet bread machine yeast (rapid for express bake or active for basic)
- Pour the water into the bread machine pan first
- Add the dry ingredients
- Make a small indent in the top of the dry ingredients for the yeast – don't let it touch the water
- Select the basic or express bake setting
- Remove loaf from the machine after the cycle is done; cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning it out onto a rack to cool completely
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