Bread machine bread, please help!
I'm fine if I use mixes that are made for the machine, or if I use a recipe from the included booklet/manual. But Costco is eliminating their AMAZING rosemary/parmesan bread, and I need to duplicate it as best as i can in my machine. Or by hand, whatever. I've never made bread by hand, so I'm more comfortable sticking with the machine, for now.
I tried a recipe last night for oven-baked rosemary parmesan bread, based on how similar it looked inside in the photo to the Costco bread. (I did find a few machine recipes, but none of them looked right.) I also consulted with the King Arthur Flour website for tips on converting a regular recipe to a machine recipe, and I dove in somewhat confidently, although definitely feeling a bit in the dark.
The dough, while kneading, seemed dry and crumbly, so in line with a helpful tip I'd read, I added water one teaspoon at a time. The trouble is, I'm not at all sure what the texture of the dough should be. I'm not a bread baker (yet-- but there's hope!), so I was guessing. In the end, I suppose I added too much (4.5 scant tsp), although I could at no point have described the dough ball as wet. It was slightly tacky to the touch.
In the end, the bread was a bit too dense, it collapsed a bit on top (which i now know is because of too much water, but how much is too much??), tasted a little yeasty, and although I had actually slightly increased the amounts of cheese and rosemary, and the rosemary looked well-distributed, I could barely taste either (and it is a real reach to say I tasted them at all).
I'd either love some helpful hints or a better recipe. I know nothing about baking chemistry, so when the recipe called for 2.5-3 c flour, I went with 3, since I was making a 2-lb loaf. No other ingredients were written flexibly, so I didn't know how or what to adjust, if anything. The Costco bread is light, airy, crusty, soft inside, and SO flavorful. The one I made is dense, heavy, flavorless, crumbly on the outside, and unremarkable at best... it probably will end up in the trash. Can anyone help?