Originally Posted by bakechef
Believe it or not, I've never used just the dough setting on my bread machine, just let it go all the way and make a loaf.
I use the Kitchenaid to mix and knead, dump it in, when it looks like the right ratio of liquid to flour, I just let it go for 5-10 minutes to knead. I make bread like this weekly. I think that the reason that I don't use the bread machine is that I want 2 loaves of bread, and my machine can't handle 6 cups of flour. I keep a loaf in the freezer for toast.
I easily make two loaves of bread using my machine. Here are my ingredients:
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
14 oz. warm water
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. vegetable shortening (not butter flavor)
4 1/2 to 5 cups bread flour
Throw it all in the machine and let it do its thing. Most of the time I will spray the top of the dough with vegetable spray when it's done being kneaded because more often than not, it will rise so high it will touch the underside of the lid. This makes it easier to clean up. Remove when done, shape into two standard 9x5 loaves, set to rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 hour. Bake at 400F (for glass pans, which I use) for about 30 to 35 minutes. If using metal pans, set the oven to 425F.
When I set my loaves for their final rise, I put a cereal bowl-sized bowl of water in my microwave and microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes. Wait about 2 minutes, then put my loaves in the microwave, along with the bowl of water. The inside of the microwave oven is nice and warm, reasonably humid and definitely free of drafts, plus it will stay adequately warm for at least an hour.
I've never had any bread fail doing it this way.