Bread Machine: Ricotta Bread

If you are looking for a bread machine recipe that you can add to your personal home recipes, this may just be the one.

This yummy, moist bread is a favorite in my household. I usually make three or four loaves a month. The ricotta cheese gives the bread extra protein, which is always good when it comes to growing kids. This bread is so good that I once accidentally left out the butter and no one even noticed. It wasn’t until I opened up the microwave later in the day (that is where I melt my butter) and found the butter still sitting there.

You can serve this bread with an Italian meal, although I think it goes so well with just a regular old chicken dinner. And, my kids love it buttered for a snack.

For this bread, you’ll need the basic or white bread setting. This recipe makes a 1-1/2 pound loaf, and I recommend using a medium crust setting on your machine. Because of the ricotta milk and the cheese, you can not use your delay setting for this bread.

A good general tip when using milk as an ingredient is to bring it up to room temperature or even slightly warm. Place the milk in your glass measuring cup and microwave it for 30 or 40 seconds before placing it in the pan. You can skip this step if your bread machine has a pre-warm setting that will warm cold ingredients automatically.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 whole egg, beaten
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of dry active yeast or bread machine yeast

DIRECTIONS:

Place the ingredients in your bread pan in the order that is recommended by your manufacturer. (Generally, this is wet first, then dry, then yeast.) Select your setting and press start.

Mary Ann Romans writes for the Frugal Living Blog here at Families.com, where she shares money saving tips for today’s families. She also writes for the Computing Blog here at Families.com where she shares everything from the latest news on technology to cool downloads and fun websites.

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Mary Ann Romans is a freelance writer, online content manager, wife and mother of three children. She lives in Pennsylvania in the middle of the woods but close enough to Target and Home Depot. The author of many magazine, newspaper and online articles, Mary Ann enjoys writing about almost any subject. "Writing gives me the opportunity to both learn interesting information, and to interact with wonderful people." Mary Ann has written more than 5,000 blogs for Families.com since she started back in December 2006. Contact her at maromans AT verizon.net or visit her personal blog http://homeinawoods.wordpress.com

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