- How does a breadmaker work?
- What kinds of bread can you make?
- Why would one want to make bread vs buying it?
- I use my stand mixer with the bread hook. Is there an advantage to the bread machine?
How does a breadmaker work? Most breadmakers have different settings on them. Mine has: white, wheat, sweet, 2 express cycles *one makes bread in 58 minutes and the other in 90*, french, dough, and a bake mode. I've pretty much used all of the cycles on there. "Oh shucks! I don't have time to fiddle with making bread right now and I *need* bread for lunch!" I can throw all of the ingredients in the pan and set it for the express bake 58 minute cycle. That's basically all you do. Measure ingredients exactly *room temperature for the regular cycles*, add them to bread pan starting with liquid, dry ingredients next, and after making a 'well' in the top of your flour, you add the yeast. I use the dough cycle to make our pizza dough. I *have* made jam in there, but not in a l-o-n-g time.
What kinds of bread can you make? You can sort of get an idea based on the settings. I've made cinnamon raisin bread which is
Now I'll address the last question. I use my stand mixer with the bread hook. Is there an advantage to the bread machine? I did state one advantage. The ability to throw the ingredients in the pan, walk away and have fresh bread in 58 minutes! This could be considered dangerous by some, but if you're making it for sandwiches, you need to resist!! With my oldest home for the entire week *she's enrolled in a virtual academy* and my littlest one also here, I need bread on hand for lunches. I still make some bread by hand, in particular, the 4 Grain Batter Bread, but when time is limited, then I go for the breadmaker.
Overall, the breadmaker has been one of my most used 'appliances' that I received as a shower gift 10 years ago *aside from my microwave*. If you want to have healthier bread, but life is too busy to lend you time to stand and do all of the steps necessary to do it by hand, then this is ideal.
When asked which bread they prefer, my oldest 2 said they prefer the bread that momma makes. The littlest is too small to give an informed opinion. How can I not make bread when they both enjoy it so much?