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March 7th, 2012

Buns in the Oven – Finding the Perfect Breadmaker Recipe


Ever since I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle I’ve been intrigued by the idea of making my own bread. Or, more accurately, intrigued by the idea of the author’s husband making bread for her. So for Valentine’s Day, my husband got an Oster Breadmaker.

The two of us were relatively excited to get started in the next step of urban homesteading, buying all the yeast, dry milk, seeds, oat bran, and whole wheat flour to make the nutty, grainy bread we’re used to buying at Whole Foods twice a week for $5 a loaf. The process to get started is pretty much as simple as a slowcooker – add ingredients and press go. Three hours later the result was a pretty dense, doughy loaf – though it didn’t taste too bad.

Two batches later, I finally found perfection with a modified recipe and the result is a delicious, healthy, homemade bread! Interestingly, an article just came out in USA Today stating that bread is a big source of sodium for Americans – my 2-pound loaf only has 2 teaspoons.


To be used according to breadmaker directions for 2 lb whole wheat

1-1/3 cups warm water
3-4 tablespoons honey
2 1/2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons salt
1 + 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 + 3/4 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon dry condensed milk
2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Optional ingredients:

2 TB oat bran
1 cup quick cook oats
Flax seeds, sunflower seeds, raisins, etc

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11 Responses to
“Buns in the Oven – Finding the Perfect Breadmaker Recipe”

  1. paigewolf says:

    Hi Daniel! I haven’t figured out the cost, but I know it’s cheaper than the $5 per loaf I had been spending at Whole Foods!

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  7. Kate S. says:

    Thanks for the recipe, looks yummy :) The reason bread is a high source of sodium is that we’re only supposed to have just over 1/2 tsp of salt per day!

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