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Like a Bridge

Certain kitchen devices have always made me a little nervous, items such as: potato ricers, meat tenderizors, certain types of graters/mandolines and bread machines. Most of them are because I am a klutz, I am really good at hurting myself by doing stupid stuff…like not letting go of the cheese and trying to grate my knuckles instead. Bread Machines on the other hand, well I have this fear of forgetting about it and either waking up to a fiery inferno or coming home from work to a pit of ash. I understand that this is not a rational fear but then again I’m the girl that is terrified of going over bridges so rational fears aren’t really my thing. However I love bread and Joe loves bread and the delicious fresh bread at Wegmans just doesn’t fit in the budget so I bit the bullet a few months ago and got a bread machine. There have been a few mistakes, like not adding water…or yeast…but for the most part I’m rocking it out. This being me I then decided I needed to experiment with recipes and make something totally mine own. Since I had apples from the local farm, and some apple cider as well, I decided to mess around with those ingredients in an attempt to make an Apple Cider Bread. To add to things I also decided I needed to use the Killer Bee Honey I picked up at the MD Ren Fest the other week. I have now made this bread four times, and three of those attempts were edible! This is the final recipe and it was only tested in my Panasonic Bread Machine so I can’t be 100% sure how this will translate to other machines.

– 1 1/4 tsp yeast
– 3 cups 2tbsp all-purpose flour
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1/4 cup white sugar
– 2tbsp butter/margarine
– 1 1/4tbsp dry milk
– 1 1/2 tbsp honey
– 1 cup apple, finely diced
– 1/2 cup apple cider
– 1/2 cup water
In my machine this makes one medium loaf on the basic setting.  I tend to turn the crust setting to low, but that’s a personal preference so feel free to crank that up!

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