Delicious home-baked bread for the breadmaker. This one uses maple flavoring (not syrup), raisins and dried figs and makes a 2 pound loaf. It's delightful for a weekend, company or holiday breakfast. But it's also a terrific dinner bread.
Layer ingredients in bread canister in order given.
Select basic bread cycle or sweet bread cycle.
Allow bread to rest 15 minutes after completion of cycle.
Remove bread and brush top and sides with butter to prevent crusts from hardening.
Allow bread to rest an additional 15 minutes before slicing down into slices.
Makes a 2-lb. loaf.
NOTE: You can also use either one cup raisins or one cup dried figs.NOTE: Homemade bread has no preservatives so it must be refrigerated after 2 days.NOTE: all-purpose flour does not contain the necessary gluten to bond the ingredients together as well as bread flour. The bread may turn out crumbly. For best results use bread flour.NOTE: I recommend using Fleischmann's yeast or bread machine yeast in any yeast bread recipe. Red Star yeast just doesn't work as well.