I used to bake bread all the time when the kids were in middle school. At that time, the bread machine craze went through the desi community like a wildfire, and everyone had one. I got one too - it was the Breadman brand, and it did wonders! I would dump everything in it, set the delay start so that the bread would be ready when we woke up in the morning. The entire house would come alive in the mornings with the fragrance of freshly baked bread. I used to add some ready made Mccormick spices, I think it was called Soup mix or something like that in the bread machine for a slightly savoury bread. It was the best bread ever!
As everything that's good that eventually ends, my Breadman eventually stopped working. And by that time, the kids were out of the house, and I never got around to buying another one. I have recently started to bake bread again, and this time around, I am trying without a breadmaker - I did get one when we moved to Jacksonville, but the bread simply falls flat with this one, and I have simply moved on to using the oven for making bread. Let's see how long this phase lasts.
For today's recipe, I coudn't find the McCormick spices, but Raj picked up something very similar - it is called Knorr Vegetable Recipe mix. It's basically some dehydrated vegetable flakes, with some spices mixed in.
I used Walter Sands' Basic White Bread recipe from King Arthur flour website with minor modifications for ingredients I coudn't find readily. On to the recipe now!
I substituted Baker's special milk with nonfat dry milk by Nestle (Nido), and instead of making cinnamon raisin bread for the second loaf, made it a slightly more savoury bread with Knorr vegetable mix recipe.
The breads turned out great, per my daughter who took a lot of the pictures and was the official taster!