Bread Wars

Does anyone remember these?

IMG_2058A few months ago, I unearthed this bread machine that I hadn’t used in years, with the idea of making my own bread in this new quest of mine to consume more natural, preservative free food.  In our house normally I eat 100% whole wheat bread and the rest of the family eats potato bread, a type that actually has a decent amount of fiber in it, but has the texture of white bread.  I have tried everything to get them to eat whole wheat bread, but they would rather go without any bread than eat whole wheat, so I gave in and the potato bread was my compromise.

So I decided maybe I could trick them into a healthier bread by making my own delicious recipe with the bread machine.  The first recipe I tried was a classic white bread recipe (big mistake to try this first) and they gobbled it up!  So next ,I tried to change things slightly and made a recipe with 1/2 white flour and half wheat flour.  Surely they wouldn’t notice this little change!   Right away little one wrinkled up her nose and they both asked me what was different about the recipe.  They noticed it looked “browner” than the first batch.  (I guess I’m not sneaky enough!)  So it was back to the drawing board!  Next, I tried a mixture of 1/2 white and 1/2 whole wheat white and those little stinkers still wouldn’t eat it!  I even found myself saying, “Well you better get used to this bread because that is all we are having around here, you need to learn to like it!”  They just didn’t eat bread.

So for a month or so I went back to just buying the potato bread from the store.  This week I hauled the bread machine back out and whipped up a batch of white bread for them.  I decided that although it wasn’t wheat bread, at least it was fresher and had less preservatives than the store bought kind.  Will I make bread every week?  Nope!  I just don’t always have time, but I will try to make it as often as I can.  I wish this story had a happier ending, that both girls fell in love with my delicious wheat bread, but alas, it does not!  Maybe one day when they grow up and have more sophisticated tastes they will switch to wheat bread.  So I did not win the bread war…yet!  Anyone have any bread recipes you think might work to trick these picky pants?

Here is the white bread loaf (I have to admit-it does taste divine!)



Here is the basic white bread recipe I used:

Basic White Bread

By , Guide
Basic White Bread is a recipe everyone should have in their bread machine repertoire.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes


  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast


Place ingredients in bread pan in order listed or according to manufacturer’s directions. When adding the yeast last, make a small well with your finger to place the yeast. This will insure the proper timing of the yeast reaction. Use basic (standard), rapid, timed cycles or according to manufacturer’s directions. Makes a 2 pound loaf.
Here is the recipe for the half and half bread they rejected but if your kids like any type of wheat bread I think they would like it.  I thought it was yummy.

Bread Machine Wheat Bread

16 Servings Prep: 5 min. Bake: 3-4 hours


  • 1/2 cup warm milk (70° to 80°)
  • 1/2 cup water (70° to 80°)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast


  • In bread machine pan, place all ingredients in order suggested by
  • manufacturer. Select basic bread setting. Choose crust color and
  • loaf size if available. Bake according to bread machine directions
  • (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of
  • water or flour if needed). Yield: 1 loaf (1-1/2 pounds).
Finally, here is a very dense, whole wheat bread recipe that hubby and I like.

Honey Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread (for bread machine)

4 ¼ cups whole-wheat flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups warm water (not too hot or it will kill the yeast)
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons olive oil (or melted butter)
1 packet or 2 ¼ teaspoons yeast
1. Follow your bread machine’s directions for making a whole-wheat sandwich loaf. For me that means putting in
the dry ingredients first with the wet ingredients on top. I have the Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker
and it takes the machine five hours to make this loaf.
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  1. I do have a bread machine and I use it quite often–more in the winter than summer. I would use it more but I could eat the whole loaf when it’s steaming hot, slathered with lots of butter, of course! I have several recipes I like, each for a different reason. I don’t know if you’re familiar with Spatz bread–it’s WONDERFUL toasted. I have a recipe for one similar to that. I think it’s pretty much trial and error to find one you really like.

  2. Jules and Jen says:

    Jane, I have not heard of Spatz bread, I would love to try it!

  3. Karen Dyer says:

    I live in Japan and am craving the simplicity and open crumb of Spatz’ White Bread…searching for a bread machine recipe!

    Came across your blog in my search. Looking forward to trying the recipe.

    Has anyone here tried the fluffly Japanese style bread which uses a small amount of roux in the base?

    Cheers from Japan
    Karen, former Michigander

    • Hi Karen,
      I’m glad you discovered our blog and found a bread recipe! I will see if I can get my cousin’s recipe!

      • Kevin Dill says:

        I grew up in Michigan and saw this post…miss Spatz bread about as much as anything…Keogels and Faygo Red Pop next on the list topped by Dawn’s Donuts…hey, I did not see the recipe for Spatz bread…if someone has that, I would appreciate it!
        Michigan is the best…I miss living there for sure!
        Thanks …Kevin Dill

        • Those are all great things about Michigan and don’t forget Vernors! Still like that when I’m not feeling well! Here is the recipe for Spatz Bread from my cousin Jane.

          SPATZ BREAD

          1 1/3 c. water
          3 c. bread flour
          1 tsp. salt
          2 tsp. sugar
          1 pkg. yeast (1 1/2 tsp.)

          I make it in my bread machine. Water first, mix flour, salt,
          and sugar and pour over water. Yeasts on top. Bake on
          regular cycle.

          It’s a coarse bread, GREAT for toast.