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mspatts

Small Batch/Loaves in Bread Machine

I just bought a Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker and want to make smaller batches.. i am just baking for 1 person, and 1.5 to 2 LB's of bread is alot for me.. i'd just like to make one sandwich roll of varying recipes each day .. i'd also rather have everything done in the machine, rather than removing to bake in the oven.  is this possible?

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SylviaH

mspatta,

I'm not sure but I don't think you can make anything smaller with success than a one pound loaf.  You could make rolls from a one pound recipe and freeze the rolls!  But then you would have to bake them in the home oven...with a bread machine...the baking is so much better done in the home oven...also you could make a batch of dough in the machine freeze it individual rolls, thaw, proof and bake one at a time in a small toaster type convection oven....that might work.

There is a book for Bread Machines by Beth Hensperger, Author of The Bread Bible.

It is called The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook..It is a wonderful detailed book with a great assortment of recipes for bread machines.  There is a section with one pound loaf recipes in it that are called Sampler Brioche Egg Loaf, Sampler Country White, Sampler Buttermilk White, Sampler Honey Whole Wheat Loaf, Sampler Oatmeal Loaf and last sampler Hawaiian Sweet Loaf.  They are small loaves meant for one or two people, or if you like fresh bread everyday....or you can cut the measurements for the 2lb. loaves in half with any of the recipes in the book.

Sylvia

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mspatts

ok.. thanks for the info.. i guess i'm stuck baking manually.. i was hoping to just "set it and forget it"..

if i freeze dough, at what stage do i do this?  most of the recipes i have seen call for you to let the bread rise a few times.. (maybe the bread machine takes care of these phases for you, but i haven't read the manual yet)... do i freeze after all the rises? or will it have to rest/rise again after thawing?

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SylviaH

Personally I have never frozen any dough.  Just bread that has been baked.  You can freeze bread dough.  I would let the machine knead it and do the first rise..then press the dough down and put it in a freezer bag.  When ready to use it just thaw overnite in the fridge then shape it  and let it rise and bake.  This is what I would do...some dough's might be different...for instance I would not do a first rise with my pizza dough if I were going to freeze it...I would just knead and freeze and leave it to thaw in the fridge overnite.  Your bread machine manual will show you how to use your machine correctly.  Be sure and use good flour like King Arthur for baking in your machine.

I would just make your bread rolls and freeze them and thaw out what you want to use. 

Sylvia

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mspatts

great, i'll give this a shot!