I didn't realize it was unacceptable to own a bread machine, lol. I really can't knead it on my own anymore because of arthritis. I have adaptive devices for everything from gardening to reaching things. There are two types of machines...the expensive type has differnt blades and all and according to my friend who owns one is better but I don't personally notice any difference in my bread that I make with a cheap one and hers except that she can make cinnamon bread (which I can too if I use just part of the cycle)
My machine says you can adapt recipes by 1)just changing the order you add them and the temperature of ingredients to go along with your machine's instructions and 2) stopping after the mix cycle the first few times and checking dough consistency and making adjustments if necessary (after you figure it out, you can do it to begin with and forget the checking)
We either make 100% WW or the following recipe, depending on my mood, but you can substitute some white for whole wheat flour in a recipe...again...you might want to check for dough consistency the first few times.
Here is the WW/white recipe I use - I suppose one could use honey in place of the molasses if preferred. We love the taste with molasses, though. You can also, as I said, use more WW and less white
1 package of quick rising yeast (it doesn't have to be special bread machine yeast)
1 3/4 Cup WW flour (best if you mill your own but not essential)
1 C bread flour
3 Tablespoons brown sugar (for the yeast)
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Cup water, very warm
1/4 Cup molasses
1 Tablespoon melted shortning
Put ingredients into pan in the order given if your machine says to put dry ingredients first. If your machine says to put wet ingredients in first, just reverse the order.
The original recipe said to choose the white bread setting, but I use the WW one and choose and high crust setting, but that is preference. I like a good crust, but it may very well be too brown for some so you might want to use the medium first. If you use the white setting, the original recipe said to put it on high crest setting as well. Adding a tablespoon of caroway seeds to the dry ingredients is good, too, if you have them on hand.
Bread is soooo wonderful, esp. in the winter, when it goes good with any kind of soup. My kids' favorite snack used to be homemade half and half (that is what I made before the advent of the bread machines) and unsweetened apple butter. Sweet but healthy.