When you first get your bread maker you’ll be as eager as anything to get baking as soon as possible. Whichever bread maker you choose, it should come with a recipe book, even if it is just a small selection with some basic recipes.
I would recommend that you start with a basic bread and get a feel for what works well with your bread maker – then adjust and experiment with other bread types. You’ll lose no friends when you offer out your freshly baked breads for people to test for you!
Each bread maker will vary slightly in what it suggests you put in to make your bread, but the basic principles will remain the same. For a basic loaf of bread in a bread maker you will need the following ingredients as standard;
Strong Bread Flour – see what brands and types you prefer. Experiment and don’t be afraid to test out the cheaper shop brand.
Golden Granulated Sugar
Easy Bake Yeast
& sometimes Instant dried Skimmed milk
And that is all you need (with some warm water) to get cracking when your bread maker first arrives. Consult your recipe book for measurements and order of ingredients.