My solution, use the bread machine to just make the dough. I always use the french setting - it is versitle and a favorite of everyone in my house.
9 ounces water (usually use= amounts keifer if I have it)
1 tbsp butter
3 cups flour (i dont use bread flour and my white/wheat mix works just fine)
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 bread machine yeast
- cinn/sugar mix
- italian dry seasoning mix
- grated parmesian cheese
Put everything in the bread machine and use the DOUGH setting.
When the dough is finished I split the dough into 2 loaves. Shape the dough as desired (flat, braded, bread sticks, rolls or in a loaf pan) and bake.
As I said, I don't like the texture the bread machine gives the bread. So, I put the bread into a cold oven at 200 degrees. I bake it for 20-30 minutes at 200 - until the crust is just gettinging firm. You know it is firm when you tap it with a fingernail and it sounds hard. Then turn the oven up to 350 for 10 minutes to brown the crust. Done.