Selecting A Great Bread Maker
We may not be able to answer the question which is the best bread maker but we may be able to help you decide which one is best for you.
I remember the smells in my grandmother's kitchen when I was a child, freshly baked cookies, baked pies, and much more.
But the smell of freshly baked bread was always recognizable and on the top of my favorites list!
Grandmothers baking bread the old fashioned way has given way to the modern age and the bread baking machine.
However not all have taken on the machine, you can still find many bakers at work in the kitchen preparing recipes that were handed down from generation to generation.
If you are looking for a good bread maker I have taken the time to select some of the best in the marketplace, because as the old adage states "you get what you pay for".
Given our fast pace lifestyles and finding time running out before we even get into the kitchen the bread maker is a great way to multi-task.
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Quick Rise vs Yeast Breads
Comparison between the two.
Quick rise loaves of bread usually feature some type of chemical leavening while yeast bread is leavened by carbon dioxide gas from the activated yeast.
The downside to yeast dough is that it requires time to rise, however, it requires nothing on your part just select a warm area in the kitchen and the dough will do the rest.
Bread Has Stood The Test Of Time
From the beginning.
Since ancient times bread was referred to as the "staff of life" especially in the Western world.
Hardly a meal is serviced without some type of bread being offered.
Almost every restaurant features bread as a pre-meal offering and then there are all the spreads the list goes on forever...
Not to mention all the condiments that go with making a sandwich!
Bread from different cultures just to name a few.
Frybread country of origin the USA.
Pan de Muertos comes to us from Mexico.
Challah is a Jewish bread.
Basque pumpkin bread (yummy) Basque country.
Pretzel bread by way of Germany.
Naan courtesy of India.
Pain de Menage from Quebec.
Pao de Queijo awesome cheese buns are famous from South American countries especially Brazil.
Of course, this is just a partial list there are many more but it just shows the popularity of bread all over the world.
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Bread Machine Recipe
Easy to use bread recipe!
What you will need:
One cup of warm water 110 degrees Fahrenheit or 45 degrees Celsius.
Two tablespoons of white sugar.
One .25 ounce package of bread machine yeast.
A ¼ cup of vegetable oil.
Three cups of bread flour.
One teaspoon of salt.
What to do with it:
Take yeast, water, and sugar, and place in the bread maker pan.
Stand by while the yeast dissolves and foams at the mouth like a rabid dog (just kidding) it should be ready in about ten minutes.
Now add your flour, salt, and oil to the yeast.
Select the basic bread setting on your bread machine and press start.
Get the butter/jam/peanut butter ready to consume.
Finally, Express Ship me some bread :)
Some Tips For The Bread Machine Beginner
Just starting to bake bread?
If you are a rookie at bread making with a machine start out with something simple like pizza dough.
When just starting out stick to the ingredient list avoid substitutes until you have some projects under your belt.
Don't be afraid to open the lid and check out the process as it is going, you may avert a complete failure.
If your dough is too moist it will be like a soup so add some flour (a little at a time). If your dough is too dry it may not form a ball that is too dry and not tacky like it should be, add some water.
Make use of the dough cycle to mix the ingredients.
Purchase some high-quality bakeware accessories like pizza pans, dough scraper, loaf pans, and more.
Remember your dough will not rise properly in a cool house it needs to be in a warm area.
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Making bread in a slow cooker
Make bread in a slow cooker?
Yes, you can!
Not sure about your household but in our household, the slow cooker is used a lot!
Given our current situation, I thought it would be a good idea to consider making bread in a slow cooker.
This is, of course, assuming there is a slow cooker and not a bread maker, money may be short or this is a great way to keep from going to the grocery store for more bread.
Let’s start with simple ingredients:
- 1 1/3 cup water lukewarm
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp active dry yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
Next preheat the slow cooker on high and line with parchment paper and put on the lid we are going to let it heat up.
In a bowl add the yeast, water, and sugar let it sit for about 10 minutes until the yeast activates.
It will start to rise, there is no need to let it rise completely because it will rise and bake at the same time in the slow cooker.
Next step add the flour, salt, and mix with the best utensil that works like a dough hook if you don’t have one.
Place the dough in a lightly floured surface and knead until it is smooth, should only take a few times.
Form the dough into a ball and place it in the preheated slow cooker.
Baking should take about 2 hours you can check occasionally, in the meantime preheat your oven to 450 degrees this will brown the bread if you want after it is done in the slow cooker.
If you have a temperature gauge you can check the internal temperature which should be approximately 200 degrees.
You can add other ingredients that you may desire like parmesan cheese or other items.
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© 2012 Steven
Leave Your Comments Here
Donna Cook on February 10, 2014:
Great lens! My Panasonic bread machine still going strong after over 15 years!
othellos on July 28, 2013:
Very nice product review lens. Thank you for sharing this information and these tips. Very thorough and so well done!
anonymous on July 02, 2013:
Breadman TR2500BC Ultimate Plus 2-Pound Stainless-Steel Convection Breadmaker -- does not have a stainless steep pan, but a Teflon one. Sending back the machine I purchased based on this review...
julieannbrady on May 02, 2013:
My grandma made the best bread by hand. Not sure what she would "make" of bread makers. Some of our friends had them and would always bring bread to functions, like tailgating. I've recently contemplated getting me a bread maker and hoping to get a lot for my "bread" you know?
nick-gondoras on March 13, 2013:
Biggest bread fan you'll meet! ME :)
halloweenprops on March 13, 2013:
I love making my own bread at home with a bread maker! Great info on them.
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