Rice Bread ~ Lunchbag Week 4

Sometimes, it’s all about the bread . . .

Even the most ordinary ham and cheese sandwich gets a little more attention at lunchtime if it’s on fresh-baked bread. I grind my own wheat and bake up several loaves every Monday, and my arms are so sore from all that kneading at the end of the day! Yeah, right. I am too lazy to even stop by a bakery, let alone bake my own bread. I cheat – I have a bread machine. In less time than it would take me to find a parking space at Panera I can dump a few ingredients into that big ol’ machine, punch a couple of buttons, and come back from carpool to the smell of fresh bread. THIS is the way technology is meant to be used – to give me good things to eat with minimal effort. Now if I’m feeling up to doing just a little more work I will take the dough out before it starts to bake and shape it into rolls, then bake it that way. The picture above is rice bread made into sandwich-sized rolls – MMMMM! I usually make rice in my bread machine at lease twice a week (another dump-and-press-a-button recipe), so I’ve always got a bit of leftover rice lying around, and this recipe doesn’t take much.
Place 1/2 cup cooked rice in a 2-cup measuring cup. Add 2 Tbsp olive oil and enough warm water to equal 1 1/2 cups. Dump into bread machine. Add 3 cups bread flour, 2 Tbsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, and 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast (Don’t buy those little packages, go ahead and buy the jar and measure it yourself – it’s SO much cheaper). Select “basic” setting to bake a loaf, or “dough” setting if you want to make rolls. If you selected “dough”, take it out when it’s finished, form into 8 rolls, and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. I’ve frozen them before baking, too, and you’d never know the difference.

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5 thoughts on “Rice Bread ~ Lunchbag Week 4”

    1. I’ve gone through three over the years and brand-wise I didn’t see any difference. I would recommend one that makes a horizontal loaf rather than a vertical loaf. It’s just more like a regular loaf of bread. And I learned with my most recent purchase to look carefully at the options display. Mine is white lettering on yellow and it’s VERY hard to read. Watch Amazon and Kohl’s for sales 😉

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