A recipe is merely words on paper; a guideline, a starting point from which to improvise. It cannot pretend to replace the practiced hand and telling glance of a watchful cook. For that reason feel free to stir your own ideas into this dish. When you cook it once, it becomes yours, so personalize it a bit. Add more of an ingredient you like or less of something you don't like. Try substituting one ingredient for another. Remember words have no flavour, you have to add your own!
cup of any sugar, white, brown, molasses, honey or maple
cup bread flour
cup additional grain, cornmeal, oatmeal, rye flour, wheat germ, wheat bran or any whole grain blend
Tbsp dried milk powder
Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, vegetable oil or melted butter
cup of your favourite chopped fresh herbs (optional)
1. Place all the ingredients into your bread machine, and then follow the manufacturer's directions for baking a 2 pound loaf. You may also use this basic ratio to make bread without a machine, kneading the dough allowing it to rise twice and baking it in your oven.