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Tie-dye bread

Yep, who'd a thunk you could make tie-dyed bread,  especially in a bread machine?!
I'm going to do this chronologically, so you can see (hopefully) improvements.
This somewhat developed from my making colored bread.
When Erika was in Kindergarten I wanted to liven up her lunches somehow. I decided colored bread would be fun
Initially I made green because that was her favorite color at the time. I didn't think it all through, and
of course most people's reactions were "GREEN bread? Ewwww. Why are you eating moldy bread?"
But even blue and red loaves (red usually looks more pink) get an "Ewww" reaction. Go figure. Doug seems to enjoy
his co-workers' reactions as well.

1st loaf July 2008
First loaf of
tie-dyed bread.
Purple bread
with blue swirls.
The bread color
isn't very obvious
but the swirls came out
1st loaf, slice view Here's a slice view of
the first loaf, purple bread
with blue swirls.
Both colors seem somewhat
I'll call this loaf a success.
2nd loaf Loaf #2
Green with purple swirls.
OK results looking at loaf.
tie dye; loaf 2 Background color on
Loaf #2/slice view not
very obvious, but
swirls came through well.
#3 slice/partial August 2008
I almost didn't bother
taking a picture of this
Orange background
with black swirls.
I was doing a trial
Halloween loaf.
NOT a success, but
part of my problem
was I didn't put the
orange in the water -
just in the flour.
This piece is also toasted
and obviously not well focused.
All around, not a success.
number 4 loaf; green bread, blue and red swirls Loaf # 4
I tried a bolder approach, using
more dye for the swirls - and
two colors!
Green bread with red and blue
This loaf view shows moderate
slice of loaf number 4 Here's the slice view of
loaf number 4.
Green bread with blue and
red swirls.
This first slice, again, shows
moderate success.
Hard to tell the 'background'/bread
is green. Blue and red swirls are
both visible, but not very
When I cut further into the loaf
I may be happier with the results.
Loaf 5, aquamarine with purple swirls Loaf number 5
Bread dyed using regular food coloring;
aquamarine (neon blue and green)
with 'professional' dye for purple swirls.
slice from loaf 5 Slice from Loaf #5

I seem to be having a harder time
getting a bright color on the
background (bread) - the
swirls seem fine.
Although as I compare this to
the pictures above, each loaf color is
quite different from the others.
Loaf view of number 6: orange with black swirls Sept 2008  
Loaf #6
Still not getting a deep background color.
This is another 'halloween' loaf try -
orange bread with black swirls.
I tried using a metal skewer we have, to
get the swirl color deeper into the loaf.
the first 3 slices off the loafside view of loaf 6 after having been sliced #6 Slice Views
Orange with black swirls.
There's definitely 2 colors in the bread, but the orange looks almost yellowish, and there's too much black for my taste, no pun intended.
top view of loaf and a slice of loaf #7 side view of loaf 7:  April 19th 2010
April 2010
#7  I've made one or two other loaves between #6 and this one but I didn't take pictures for one reason or another.  This was a tie dye loaf as an afterthought, really.  The 'add ingredient' buzzer went off on the bread machine and I asked Erika if she wanted blue bread for her upcoming Field Trip (required to bring a bag lunch).  She said yes, so I hurried into the kitchen to find some dye - used the liquid stuff and just squirted a bunch of blue in/on the ball of dough that was being mixed by the machine.  Started to put the dye away and then squirted some green in, just for good measure.  Of course it turned out to be the best loaf to date!

For those who are wondering, and have read this far,  I achieve the tie-dye effect with my bread machine like this:
I have 'professional' food coloring. It's more a paste than a liquid.
I add my background color, if any, to the water as I put my ingredients in the bread pan.
My bread machine has an 'add fruit' cycle. About 45 minutes or so into the 3 1/2 hour bread making cycle, the machine beeps. If you are making raisin bread or something else that has an ingredient that you don't want pulverized, you add it when the machine beeps. After that there is a short mixing time and then the bread goes into the rise cycle. This short mixing time lets me add the color and not have it be mixed completely through.
I use a toothpick covered in whatever color I am adding. When the machine  beeps, I poke the bread repeatedly with the  toothpick.  I  do this for however many colors I am using, usually one or two.
That's it! After that,  the machine does  all the magic.
We've owned 2 bread machines, both are Zojirushi brand.  We've been very happy with both machines and will continue to buy that brand as each machine wears out.  When we got our first machine, we bought maybe 4 loaves of bread over a period of about  4 years. Though I mainly make sandwich bread, I've also made pretzels, rolls/biscuits - and Doug recently made banana bread. Versatile! Our first machine lasted more than 10 years, and in fact we replaced it because the bread pan needed replacing and they no longer made that bread pan. So the machine was going strong and if we had had some foresight we would have bought an extra breadpan earlier in it's life cycle. Our current machine has not been used as much as the last, but with  grocery prices rising,  it's now cheaper to make bread than to buy it, so I'm  making more bread.