Bread. I love eating it, I love making it. There’s nothing quite like the taste and texture of fresh bread. It’s one of the single things I missed the most when I lived in England.
(England, let’s have an aside for a second. What is up with your bread industry? Only factory loaves of bread, no fresh bread, no specialty bakeries… How do you live? Do you need help? We can get you help, you just have to recognize you have a problem first.)
Sorry, bread is serious business in my country. We have more bread types than I can count and we eat it at basically every meal. It’s a Thing.
Are you surprised to learn that I have a bread machine, dear reader? After the cotton candy machine, you really shouldn’t, should you? My name is Sara and I’m the Queen of Useless Kitchen Crap.
(Which are neither useless nor crap, no matter what my family tells me.)
So, bread. An everyday basic, and a rainbow victim.
Can you Rainbow Bread?
For those of you who haven’t made bread, it’s literally got a couple of ingredients: bread flour, yeast, water, salt. I normally add a tinsy bit of olive oil so it won’t get stuck on the machine, but it’s completely optional.
The basics of bread in a machine: water+olive oil+flour+salt+yeast (placed in the machine by this very specific order). Press the appropriate baking button (for me it’s the 750-gram normal bread), and let the machine work its magic.
There are two definitive ways of coloring bread: by adding the food coloring to the water in the beginning, which will give the bread a fully dyed look, or by adding the food coloring to the kneaded dough, which makes it look marbled.
In my quest to get adults to eat it, as well as being different, this recipe goes with the marble approach, because something lightly rainbowed is more likely to be eaten than something completely rainbowed.
Also, it looks different and pretty.
The ideal time to work the food coloring into the dough is right before it does its final rising, so that’s when I got mine out of the machine.
Working fast, divide the dough into six balls and work the food coloring into it.
Then layer the different doughs by rainbow color (purple on the bottom, then blue, green, yellow, orange and finally red), and put them back into the bread machine for the rest of the rising and the baking.
As you can see, my bread didn’t properly rise and so it baked funny; ever since summer arrived my normal bread recipe hasn’t been cutting it, and I haven’t had time to fix it.
Regardless, the marbling effect is fully present and the bread tasted delicious.