My Favorite Bread Machine Recipes

I am a self-professed bread machine addict. I love my bread machine!  The first one I purchased was at a yardsale for $5 and it lasted me for years!  I've since upgraded, and paid a little more for my current one.  But oh, it's so worth it!  There are so many things you can do with your bread machine and it's so super easy! Not to mention the control you have over what your family eats. I wanted to list my top favorite recipes for y'all to enjoy!



Bagels

Ingredients
1 cup warm water
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons white sugar
3 cups bread flour
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 quarts boiling water
3 tablespoons white sugar
corn meal
2 tsp melted butter

Instructions
Place water, salt, sugar and flour in the bread machine.  Add the yeast on top. Secure pan in machine, close the lid and set on dough cycle. Press start.

When dough cycle is complete, let dough rest on a lightly floured surface.  I put a clean cloth over mine so the dough staid soft. In a large pot add 3 quarts of water and 3 tablespoons of sugar.  Bring to a boil.

Cut dough into 9 equal pieces and roll each piece into a small ball. Flatten balls. Poke a hole in the middle of each with your thumb.  This takes a big to get the hang of. Spin the dough around to enlarge the hole.  Try to make the dough even all the way around.  Let the bagels rise for 10 minutes.  Again, cover them with a clean cloth.

Lower the bagels into the boiling water one at a time. Boil for 1 minute, turning half way through. I then laid them on a towel to drain some of the water off.  Lightly dust a baking sheet with corn meal.  Place the boiled bagels on the baking sheet.

Brush the tops with melted butter.  Now is when you would add your bagel toppings (poppy seeds, cheese or diced onion).  Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes until well browned.


Sweet Rolls With Honey Butter
Roll Ingredients
¼ cup lukewarm water
1 cup lukewarm milk
1 large egg, room temperature
3 tablespoons melted butter, room temperature
¼ cup sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
¼ cup melted butter for basting rolls

Cinnamon Honey Butter Ingredients
1 stick butter, softened
¼ cup powdered sugar
¼ cup honey
1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions
In a bread machine pan, add the water, milk, egg and butter. Add in the sugar, flour and garlic salt. Add the yeast on top. Secure pan in machine, close the lid and set on dough cycle. Press start.
When cycle is complete, remove dough from pan and place on a floured work surface. With a rolling pin, roll out dough in a rectangle to approx. ½ inch in thickness. Using a pizza cutter, divide into 18 square pieces. Place each piece 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to double in size. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. When rolls have risen, place on middle rack of oven. Bake 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately brush with melted butter. Trust me, serve them warm!

To make the honey butter, whisk all ingredients together.


Homemade Hot Pockets


Ingredients
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp oil
4 cups flour
1 1/2 tbsp yeast
filling - Meatball {meatballs, sauce and mozzarella cheese}, Ham {ham and cheddar cheese}, Pizza {pepperoni, sauce and mozzarella cheese} and Breakfast {scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage and cheddar cheese}

Instructions

Add water, sugar, oil, salt, flour and yeast to your bread machine {make sure to follow the order your specific bread machine calls for} and set it to the dough setting. While your bread machine is working, prepare your fillings and set them aside.

Once the dough is ready, take handfuls of the dough and roll out into a small circle about the size of your hand. Add your desired filling and fold the circle of dough over to make a half circle. Seal the edges and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

To freeze: After baking, cool the hotpocket completely. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap and place in a freezer safe ziploc bag. Freeze for later use.

To reheat from frozen: Unwrap plastic wrap, cover in a paper towel and heat for 1 1/2 minutes. After it has been thawed, heat up in microwave for 30-60 seconds.

Recipe Notes
This recipe makes about 8 large hot pockets.


Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

Roll Ingredients
1 cup warm milk
2 eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup margarine or 1/3 cup butter, melted
4 1/2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast

Filling Ingredients
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup margarine or 1/3 cup butter, softened

Frosting Ingredients
3 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Add milk, eggs, butter, salt, sugar, flour and yeast in bread machine.  {make sure to follow the order your specific bread machine calls for} and set it to the dough setting and press start. 

While your bread machine is working, prepare your filling.  In separate bowl combine cinnamon and sugar.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

After dough has finished, turn it out onto lightly floured surface and roll into a 16x24 rectangle.  Spread dough with butter and sprinkle evenly with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Beginning on the long end closest to you, roll the dough.  I like to use a "roll and tuck" method.  

After the dough is rolled, cut it evenly into 12 rolls.  I use dental floss (or string) to make these cuts as a knife squishes the dough, but you can use either.  To use the string, slide it under the end of the dough roll.  Slide it down to where your first cut will be.  Bring both sides of the string up, tie a simple knot and tighten it until it touches the dough.  Continue to tighten it, as it tightens it will cut right through the dough.  Continue this pattern until all the cuts are made.

Place rolls in lightly greased 9x13 pan.  Cover and let rise in a warm spot until almost doubled (about 30 min).  I sit mine on top of my stove near (but not up against) the oven vent.  The warmth from the oven preheating will help them rise faster.

Once rolls are done rising bake them for 14-16 minutes. 

While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioners sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls.  Trust me, do it while they're warm.  That frosting will melt right down inside the rolls.



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