Thursday, April 23, 2009

The michael5000 kitchen #11: Dad5000’s Almond Bread

Provenance: This recipe is scribbled on the back of a credit card receipt from the Phillips 66 station on the north side of Emporia, Kansas, where I taught from 1996 to 1999. I bought 11.43 gallons of unleaded at $1.09 a gallon. It was November 30, 1997, and I might have been coming back from Thanksgiving with Amy and Bob, who were housesitting a place in Lawrence. Or maybe that was 1998. Hardly seems important now.

Bread machines tend to be a guy thing, I’ve been told, and after my dad got his in the mid-90s he used it regularly for several years. I was impressed, and asked for and received my own as a machine as a Christmas present. This bread was his best recipe, and he must have read it out for me on the phone as I wrote it on the closest scrap of paper to come to hand, the credit card receipt.

The Recipe:

If you do not own a bread machine, purchase a bread machine.

Put the following in your bread machine:

1 1/8 cups Buttermilk
2 cups White Flour
¼ cup Oatmeal
¼ cup Oat Bran
1 tsp Salt
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 ½ Tsp Butter
1 tsp Yeast
½ cup Slivered Almonds
The Results:

This is surely one of my favorite breads ever. It’s a little bit sweet, a little bit oaty, and – from the almonds – a little bit crunchy. Plus, it reminds me of my dad. And it’s great for PBJ!


Yankee in England said...

Great another weekend of the PB&J song stuck in my head.

Bread Machines are awesome. I want one but I am afraid that if I get a bread machine my Mr. YinE will rightfully demand an ice cream maker at which point I will counter with a kitchen aid blah blah blah and soon our 2.5 feet of counter space will be .01 feet of counter space.

The Calico Cat said...

Plus, it reminds me of my dad.

The only reason necessary. :o)

bread machines hate me...

mrs.5000 said...

The only complaint I could make about this recipe is the loaves are too small. What with, you know, my breadlust and all.

Ben said...

What, no scanned image of the recipe? What, are you afraid of identity theft or something?

Michael5000 said...

@Ben: The pictures I took of the recipe are all completely bleached out. I don't know if that's some kind of security feature of old credit card receipt paper, or some sort of crap feature of my old crappy camera.