Friday, November 20, 2009

Lemonade Bread

Since I've been trying to make bread at home, I've been having fun looking for crazy recipes that will make the kids' lunch not so boring for school.  When I saw this lemonade bread recipe, it definitely ignited my curiosity and I decided to give it a shot.

First off, the original recipe is seriously lacking some liquids, so I modified the recipe below to about how much extra water I estimate I added.  A quarter cup of liquids is going to be laughed at by nearly four cups of flour, so I had to play around with that.  The bread itself was ok - I think me having to rework the bread over and over again due to the liquids left me with a tough loaf, and the flavor was so-so.  I think that if this recipe was played around with a bit it could be a lot better, but its a good start.  The kids sure are loving their sandwiches with the lemonade flavored bread, so maybe its just me being too critical.  If you are creative in the kitchen (which I am so not), I bet you could tweak this recipe to make it spectacular.  One day I'll be brave enough to be more creative :)

Lemonade Bread
Yields 1 (1 1/2 pound) loaf

2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 3/4 cups bread flour, plus 2 tablespoons
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
3/4 - 1 cup water

Measure all ingredients into bread machine pan in the order suggested by machine's manufacturer. Process on basic cycle.


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