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Help with a recipe

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Help with a recipe


  I have been making bread as a hobby for the last 2 yrs, I use a bread machine to mix the dough and then I do the rest in the oven or sometimes I just do everything in the bread machine, I have yet to make a bread that will make good toast, my mother used to make bread by hand and if I recall she used eggs in her bread, King Midas flour and cake yeast, that is all I recall, and it made toast that was out of this world, she passed on and if I only knew what I knew now I would have tried to learn more about her recipe. can anyone give me a good recipe that will make good toast, is it the cake yeast. I once made an easy no knead bread and it was a heavier bread but was better than most of my regular bread for toast.




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Mini Oven

Welcome to the site Chet!  Hope you can make one of the above work for you.  With eggs, sounds like your recipe may be closer to a Brioche recipe.


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this is a simple but really good recipe.



GUMP Bread


2 cups warm water
1 Tbsp. Sugar

 2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup oil
5 cups bread flour

4 tsp. yeast
Place ingredients into bread machine in the order listed and select the dough cycle. 

 When the dough cycle is done…beat dough down and make into loaves (this recipe makes 2 loaves). 


Here's the trick to get your bread to come out right.  You need to roll out the bread into a rectangle, then roll up into a loaf, like you would when making cinnamon rolls.  Lightly slice top of bread to get diagonal cut look when baked.


Let loaves rise for 20-25 minutes.  Bake on 350° for 20-25 minutes, until top of loaves are golden brown.  Let bread cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing.


This is a quick bread that makes really good toast. It is very biscuity, I love making toast with the leftovers from out meal the night before.

Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg

1.     Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.

2.     In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an 'X' into the top of the loaf.

3.     Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.


This bread uses eggs and makes a really nice soft loaf that toasts really well. It's a Challah Braid recipe...if you don't know how to do the challah braid there are how to videos on the subject all over youtube. Just Google "Challah Braid youtube" and you should find several.

Challah Braid


2 heaping tablespoons white sugar

1/4 cup honey
1/2 stick margarine (chopped up)
1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1-1/2 cups scalded milk
 2 large eggs – plus 1 egg yolk beaten

1/3 cup cool water
6-1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons yeast

3 heaping tablespoons Vital Wheat Gluten

1 egg – plus 1-tablespoon water beaten for egg wash


Place in bread machine in order listed and select the dough cycle.


When cycle is complete remove bread from machine and divide into 4 equal pieces. Roll into pieces into 14-inch long ropes and braid, place braid of baking sheet.


Paint with egg wash and rise for 1 hour. Paint with egg wash again and bake in a 350° preheated oven for 40 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 180°.