Small Ultra-Light Healthy French Bread Loaf (Abm) Bread Machine
52 mins (prep 2, cooking 50)
6 ingredients
7-8 servings
This carefully adapted bread machine recipe makes a superb, wonderfully light and open-textured French style loaf, but smaller than most - ideal for one or two people. This recipe is also much lower calorie and lower fat than most and is sugar-free, lactose-free and egg-free.The small size is perfect if, like me, you live alone and adore fresh baked bread but find most bread machine loaves are just too big unless you eat nothing but bread all day or you don't mind it a bit stale / defrosted.This is my favourite loaf and I make it a lot. A couple of things I've learned from the various modifications I've experimented with are:Don't use water COLD and straight from the tap if possible - do let it warm up to room temperature before using for this loaf. French loaves are made differently to other breads and this is quite important.I used to use filtered tap water, but found that any cheap bottled spring water makes sufficient improvements in taste that its worth using if you have it to hand.I almost always add Vitamin C Powder (you get it from Pharmacy) as it is a recognised major flour improver and additionally helps the bread keep fresh for longer.Original recipe called for 15g butter but I 've found this is vastly excessive unless you care for the buttery richness. I do in my scones and shortbread - not in my white bread. Have personally found that 9g of (firm) baking margarine gives wonderful taste and texture. Commercially, vegetable oil is used for French bread and I like it just fine with oil - at least for health purposes - it becomes more savoury too. 1/2 a tablespoon is plenty.If you are looking for a small, exceedingly healthy white loaf with wonderfully light and moist texture then do give this a run - I'm sure you'll be delighted!

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  • 210 ml water (at room temperature. bottled spring water preferred but room-temperature tap water ok too)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vitamin c powder (a.k.a. ascorbic acid powder, optional but strongly recommended)
  • 9 g butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt (about 4g or 5g of standard table salt. preferably lo-salt or other reduced-sodium equivalent)
  • 2/3 teaspoon bread machine yeast (about 3g, standard bread machine yeast, if using sachets, not quite a full sachet)


Serving Size (75.13 g)
Servings 7
Amount per Serving
Calories 166.08 Calories from Fat 14.85
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1.65g 17.78%
Saturated Fat 0.83g 28.91%
Trans Fat 0.04g %
Cholesterol 2.76mg 6.45%
Sodium 341.68mg 99.66%
Total Carbohydrate 34.34g 80.13%
Dietary Fiber 1.03 g 28.8%
Sugars 0.05 g %
Protein 2.56g 35.85%
Vitamin A 32.13IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 5.7mg% Iron 0.15mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
vitamin c powder, bread machine yeast