Polynesian Sweet Bread takes only minutes to prep and you let the bread machine do the rest of the work. The crust is perfectly tender and flakey and the inside is light and soft and the secret ingredient is the key to the amazing flavor!
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I have a long standing love affair with my bread machine. When we got married it was one of those things that I registered for that I thought there was a good chance I wouldn’t actually really use. Boy was I WRONG! Although I do tend to go through phases I have used my bread machine much more than most gadgets in my kitchen.
Once you make your first loaf and taste how wonderful the result is and see how it takes almost zero time to get that fresh loaf of bread…. oh it’s trouble. Big trouble. Do not attempt to own one of these if living the low carb lifestyle is your thing, because it is WAY to easy to use and the taste of fresh bread, well, there is not much in the world that compares. I have a machine very similar (older model) to this bread machine. However if I was going to buy now, I would get either one like this that has auto fruit & nut dispensing, because I really like to make hearty grain filled breads, or this one because my favorite part is the top of the crust and this has much more top area!
One of my favorite recipes is one that I have been making with my mom for years, and over time have tweaked and added a few special touches that make the taste really unique. The crust is always tender and the inside always soft. The taste of the bread itself though is just a touch sweet and thanks to the secret ingredient (lemon essential oil) it has very subtle citrus undertones. It is just enough to make you think “YUM– what is that flavor?!?!” but not enough to say, “yup… that’s lemon all right!”
To make the bread,
Combine the flour and sugar in a bowl.
Add the milk, butter, egg, lemon essential oil* and salt to the bottom of your bread machine pan.
Dump the flour mixture on top of the wet ingredients in the pan.
Pour the yeast on the top of the flour.
Set the bread machine settings to 2 lb loaf, light crust, and Sweet Bread and START.
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For my machine this recipe takes a little over 3 hours to complete and comes out perfect every time. The house smells like fresh baked bread. A piping hot loaf is waiting to be devoured. Life is good!
If you don’t finish your loaf that day, my favorite tip is to slice the rest of the load into appropriate portions and freeze in a freezer bag. When you are ready for a slice you can pop one or more out of the bag and microwave or toast for that same fresh taste days later!
Love Lemon?? Here are more great recipes with my favorite secret ingredient!
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***Not all essential oils are edible. Due to lack of purity, 98% of essential oils sold should NOT be ingested. An edible essential oil will be labeled “therapeutic-grade” and have a “Supplement Facts” box on the label showing the nutritional value – do NOT use just any brand of essential oil for cooking/flavoring foods. Be sure to use pure oils from reliable sources, not synthetic scents or flavorings.
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 3 drops lemon essential oil
- 3 cups bread flour
- ⅓ cup white sugar
- 2.5 teaspoons active dry yeast
- Combine the flour and sugar in a bowl.
- Add the milk, butter, egg, lemon essential oil and salt to the bottom of your bread machine pan.
- Dump the flour mixture on top of the wet ingredients in the pan.
- Pour the yeast on the top of the flour.
- Set the bread machine settings to 2 lb loaf, light crust, and Sweet Bread and START.