This time I made bread from scratch, using a recipe I found in the manual for the bread machine. I also 'camped out' next to the kitchen so I would be sure and be right there when the baking cycle started. According to the manual, the baking cycle lasts 40 minutes but I turned the machine off 30 minutes into that cycle. I took the bread out of the pan and let it cool on a rack. I seem to have guessed right in shortening the cycle by 10 minutes, but if it had not seemed quite done, I could have put it on a baking sheet and finished it in the oven at 350 degrees for a few minutes.
Now this is what I consider a pretty color on a loaf of bread.
The recipe I used to make this loaf is called Egg Bread and I am happy enough with how it turned out, I will try some of the other recipes in the manual next time.
Egg Bread (2 lb loaf)
1 cup warm water
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 eggs plus enough water to make 1/2 cup
4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour (I used Better for Bread flour)
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp yeast (I used one packet which is slightly more than 2 tsp)
Add all ingredients to the bread pan in the order given.