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post #41 of 62
We use ours about once a week, and that's enough bread for two meals and a round of bread pudding. :

I'm not thrilled with the non-stick pan, but what am I going to do? Every time I think I've got stable sourdough and get a few good loaves from it, it dies on me. We must have bad yeast around here. So, breadmaker it is.
post #42 of 62
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Originally Posted by Heffernhyphen View Post
Sure! We use it even for DS's PBJs. It's not like your typical square sandwich from a loaf, of course. More rustic and hearty. And you have to be a little careful with the fillings. It's pretty holey and you might end up with mustard on your shirt.

It's also fantastic for French Toast. :

Oh, also, you can tweak the recipe to suit your taste, anywhere from all white flour to all whole wheat or any combination in between.
Excellent! I'm going to try it. Thank you!

Shoot. I don't have a Dutch oven. I have a pot that I believe can go in the oven, but no lid for it. I read in comments that someone used a Crockpot insert but the glass lid shattered. Well, I've got the dough in a bowl sitting in the oven with the light on. I guess I have until tomorrow after work to figure out how to bake it.
post #43 of 62
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Originally Posted by lovemyfamily6 View Post
. I pulled my breadmaker out again yesterday and made a loaf because we were out of bread and I couldn't get out to the grocery store. It's okay, but I'm not hugely impressed.
What kind of bread machine do you have? With my old Oster, I would agree. But now that I have a Zojirushi, I am impressed. The Zoj is about five years old than my Oster was but it makes much better bread (it was a $10 score at SVDP). Then again, there is about a $100 price different between them new.
post #44 of 62
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Originally Posted by MommyErin View Post
What kind of bread machine do you have? With my old Oster, I would agree. But now that I have a Zojirushi, I am impressed. The Zoj is about five years old than my Oster was but it makes much better bread (it was a $10 score at SVDP). Then again, there is about a $100 price different between them new.
Ours is a Toastmaster Corner Bakery. We keep it because it makes really good fudge. lol
post #45 of 62
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Originally Posted by MamaLeslie View Post
When I had one, I never used it. I preferred making bread by hand, and it really doesn't take much longer, hands on. It's just a bit messier. I found the batches too small, and I had to make bread every other day. Big batches, I can bake once or twice a week.
I rarely used mine and ended up giving it to my sister. I too prefer making bread by hand, it's more fulfilling, I guess.

So, no it isn't worth it to me and I make all of our family's bread, we don't buy bread at the store.
post #46 of 62
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Originally Posted by Crayfish View Post
It wasn't worth it for me - I gave mine away to someone who makes bread so often that she actually had a use for two. We don't eat bread all that often, so it didn't save us any running-to-the-store time, and while the bread was much better, it just wasn't worth the time to make it even with the machine.

Someday when I have the house in order and have more time, I'll choose which "life refinements", as I think of them, I want to pursue. If homemade bread is one of them, I might buy a new one.

Crayfish
yes this is how i feel. i just can't make time for the dang thing! in fact my kids are watching tv and i need to get them in bed. there are dishes everywhere...ok rambling a bit.

maybe one day...

for now it is collecting dust with my yogurt maker.
post #47 of 62
I had an older cheapie one I found at a yard sale and I just got rid of it. I didn't like the bread it made, it was huge and I didn't like that it had a nonstick pan.

I've heard great things about the Zoj's but I don't know if they still have non stick pans inside???

Now I make the 'no knead' bread and am loving that! I have a kitchen aid that I use for pizza dough (it isn't quite strong enough to knead a big loaf of bread).
post #48 of 62
I love mine. I use it a couple times a week. I know that if I had to make it by hand I never would. So...I get to make fresh bread and not do it all by hand.
post #49 of 62
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Originally Posted by Nature View Post
I have a Regal K6755 and no idea how to use it.
This is the SAME breadmaker I got last year through freecycle! Mine also came without a manual, and I used the instructions already linked to from hillbillyhousewife and it worked great.

Then the person who gave it to me found the manual, and the instructions were in fact, right on the money.

I was one of those purists who never wanted a breadmaker. I could see how they might be time-saving, but just was not going to spend $100 on one, besides which, I LIKE mixing and kneading bread.

Well, when one came up for free, I thought I'd give it a try. Our schedule is insane this year and I just hadn't been able to bake bread as often as I wanted. I was sick and tired of the additives in store-bought bread and even suspected some of them as contributing to DS's behaviour problems.

I very quickly fell in love with the breadmaker! I loved being able to set it at night, and wake up in the morning to fresh-baked bread. I loved being able to put in the ingredients, then "walk away" and do something else. It actually saved a lot more time than I thought it would! Plus, I ended up making healthier breads, more often.

I loved it so much that when a new, fancier breadmaker came on sale recently, I bought a new one... a horizontal-loaf model. We're going to re-freecycle the Regal.

I don't buy ANY store-bought bread anymore. I even use it to mix the dough for poori (Indian deep-fried bread I make at least once a week), or hamburger and hot dog buns... cinnamon rolls... doughnuts... everything!!!
post #50 of 62
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Originally Posted by lovemyfamily6 View Post

Shoot. I don't have a Dutch oven. I have a pot that I believe can go in the oven, but no lid for it.
When we were making multiple loaves for Christmas, we experimented with a big Pyrex bowl and a Pyrex pie pan as a lid. Worked fine.
post #51 of 62
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Originally Posted by Heffernhyphen View Post
When we were making multiple loaves for Christmas, we experimented with a big Pyrex bowl and a Pyrex pie pan as a lid. Worked fine.
So I made the bread and it didn't turn out well. It was VERY short. I watched a video just now from the link you sent and my dough didn't look like his did. I did forget the step of dumping it out of the bowl and folding it over though, so I will definitely try again and follow the directions more closely.

I noticed some discrepancies in the video and the written instructions and wanted to see what you thought. In the written recipe, it says 1 1/2 tsp salt. The video says 1 1/4 tsp. The written recipe uses active dry yeast proofed in warm water. The video uses instant yeast, mixed in with the dry ingredients and water added to that. The written recipe says an oven at 475 degrees. The video says 500 or even 515 degrees.

I want to try this again because it is really simple and the finished loaf in the picture looked delicious. Before trying again though, I'd like to know if I should change some things to be more like the video? Thank you!
post #52 of 62
There is a HUGE thread in TF about the no knead bread here. Seriously yummy.

That said, I LOVE my bread machine!! It's a mini and makes 1 lb loaves instead of the standard 2 lbs. We bought it because one of my girls is sensitive to soy and it was so difficult to find (and expensive to buy!) organic soy-free bread. It's so easy to just toss the ingredients in and let the machine take care of the rest.
post #53 of 62
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Originally Posted by lovemyfamily6 View Post
So I made the bread and it didn't turn out well. It was VERY short. I watched a video just now from the link you sent and my dough didn't look like his did. I did forget the step of dumping it out of the bowl and folding it over though, so I will definitely try again and follow the directions more closely.

I noticed some discrepancies in the video and the written instructions and wanted to see what you thought. In the written recipe, it says 1 1/2 tsp salt. The video says 1 1/4 tsp. The written recipe uses active dry yeast proofed in warm water. The video uses instant yeast, mixed in with the dry ingredients and water added to that. The written recipe says an oven at 475 degrees. The video says 500 or even 515 degrees.
The step with the folding also includes a short second rise. Did you do that?

As for the discrepancies, we noticed them, too. I think the written recipe is designed for the home baker and the video is a pro. We have experimented with aspects of each. We no longer bother proofing the yeast; we just toss it in with the other ingredients. We also set the oven temp as high as it will go since the professional baker says a "blazing hot" oven. Also, we've had the greatest success with our cast iron dutch oven. Just be sure the dutch oven isn't too big or the dough will flatten out to meet the shape of the pot.

Sorry it didn't come out well for you. There goes my kiss on the lips.
post #54 of 62
We have one and are giving it away to a friend because DH now prefers to use the kitchenaid and bake it in the oven.
post #55 of 62
I love mine but i have 2 toddlers under 2.5 running around so it's not easy to have messy hands cuz that's of course the exact second they need me "RIGHT now, mama!" Much easier to just toss everything in and not have to touch it again for 3.5 hours...i've used it 3 times already this week :
post #56 of 62
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Originally Posted by Heffernhyphen View Post
Sorry it didn't come out well for you. There goes my kiss on the lips.
Oh not yet. You may still get one.

I bought instant yeast tonight. I'm going to try it again tomorrow, also with the higher oven temp and using only white flour this time. I made the first one with all white whole wheat flour. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it works better!
post #57 of 62
Blah, I can't stand bread machines.


I make my bread all by hand, let it rise overnight (or all day) in a warm spot, and then bake it up in large batches. I figure that way the only electricity being used is for the oven, in the actual baking phase. Equipment used for mine: a huge cheap metal bowl (originally intended to be used in a professional baker's LARGE mixer); one measuring cup; one thermometer; one wooden spoon; one large damp kitchen rag (to cover the bowl of dough while it rises); my hands; and a whole lot of smiles.

Kneading dough is really relaxing for me, and I love the way dough feels in my hands... and the amount of creativity you can pull off with just a simple dough recipe (like for white bread), and then adding your own stuff and shaping it however you want, either swirled or in loaves or rounds or rolls or braids... it's just a fantastic experience.

I feel like bread machines take all that away, and then plus there's the noise... igh. Just not for me.

I recommend by-hand bread. :
post #58 of 62
We have one. We got a very nice carving knife and fork as a wedding present, but we're vegetarian. When we went to exchange it, the only thing that we saw that we liked was the BM. At this point, I used mine almost exclusively to make dough. (Because I find the kneading/keeping track of ww dough to be a little bit of a pain.) Then I bake it in the oven. We have plenty of room in our house (I store it in the pantry), use it 2-3x/wk. My kitchen aid doesn't do ww dough... FWIW, I make 2 loaves' worth of dough at a time. I don't think I would have gone out and bought one, but we've had it for almost 11 years.
post #59 of 62
Only if you have a 5-y-o and 8-y-o who will put bread in for you! LOL!

"Check the bread" is on our morning rotating chore chart - whoever's turn it is checks to see if we have 1/ 2 loaf or less, and if that's the case, throws bread in the breadmaker.

We go through about two 2lb loaves every three days, roughly.

I've had the thing for probably seven or eight years, and it gets hard, hard use and is still ticking! We love it!

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post #60 of 62
I got a bread machine from my parents when they upgraded theirs. I probably make bread about once a week but it's only me eating it. So far I have only made pretty standard whole wheat bread from the recipe my mother perfected when she had this machine. I tried making banana bread once but it turned out terribly :P The only problem I have with my machine is that I have to set a separate timer to take it out fifteen minutes before the machine is finished because otherwise the bread is too hard and almost burnt. One day I'll get a new machine that doesn't do that but since this one was free I can't complain too much and the bread is really good. It just means that I have to be sure to be home when the bread is done.
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