Soft, Easy Breadmaker Bread (Grandma Sycamore copycat) (vegan, pareve*, low-calorie)


I do not buy bread in the store. Sam and I are by no means gluten-free, or anything like that, and to be honest, I love delicious soft squishy white sandwich bread.

I grew up in Utah, and anyone else who did knows that the real “wonder bread” is Grandma Sycamore bread. It’s soft, chewy, squishy, and delicious. It was one of my most missed Utah foods when I moved away (and I may have travelled home more than once with some loaves stowed away in my luggage).

It set the bar high, as far as bread goes, and I’ve sought out something similar ever since.

Cue last year, when my mom gave us a bread machine! Ours is a brushed-silver Cuisineart Automatic Breadmachine. As far as kitchen appliances go, I love it! It’s so easy to literally set-it and forget it. You just dump in the ingredients in, and you have delicious preservative-free, vegan, non-sodium laden bread made with ingredients you can pronounce.

This bread’s crust is not quite Grandma Sycamore level squishy, but the flavor is pretty dead-on. I think if I used bleached flour and omitted the vital wheat gluten it would probably turn out even closer, but I don’t mind a little density in my bread, and I prefer the healthier Ultragrain flour.

*Check your ingredients if you have dietary restrictions—some processed foods may need to be subbed for my Kosher-keeping friends.

Awesome break maker!


This bread is so easy! To get started, pour 1 1/3 cups of water at about 105-115 degrees into your machine.

H2O

Then add 2 ½ tablespoons of sugar and stir to dissolve. I use raw sugar, so you have to stir it around a bit to get it from sinking to the bottom.

Sweet, sweet sugar

To that, I add 2 ½ tablespoons of yeast

Yeast

I let it rest for 10 minutes. That right there is the “trick”. It gives the yeast time to get all bubbly and will make the bread fluffy and delicious!

Yeast bubbles

After that, I add my ingredients in the order of: 2 tablespoons of vital wheat gluten (you can skip if you use white flour), 4 cups whole grain or Ultragrain unbleached flour, ½ cup of olive oil and 1 Tablespoon of salt.

Olive oil drizzle

I press start, light color, 2 lb loaf, and use the “white bread setting”. That’s it. Awesome Granny Bread, with little effort. Three hours later my bread comes out perfect, soft and amazing every time!