The smell of freshly-baked bread is hard to beat but who has time to bake bread these days? Our ever-busy lives don’t allow us the time to do a lot of the traditional things that we grew up with. I still remember my mother pulling out the hot loaves from the oven and my siblings and I wouldn’t even let the bread cool down before we would cut into it and smother it with creamy butter that melted into the hot, soft bread that had a crust that was so brown and crispy. Delicious!
I discovered that not having the time to make the dough, let it rise, knead it, let it sit, place it it the trays and load it into the oven is no excuse for not having wonderful, fresh bread or bread rolls. The answer? Bread machines!
Great for making bread, they will also make pizza dough just as easily as making bread dough. Bread machines can also be used for making cakes and many other types of food, including jam and Japanese foods such as mochi, udon, brioche, steamed bread, red bean bread, and melon pan.
When choosing a bread machine it is important that you look for a machine that will suit the purpose for which you want it, including loaf size and shape. There are machines from most of the large electrical appliance makers: Breville, Panasonic, Cuisinart, Oster, Zojirushi, to name a few. Also be sure to purchase a machine with a removable bread pan, which makes cleaning a lot easier.
Making your own bread gives you control over ingredients, especially important for those who need gluten-free products. Fruit bread or fruit and nut bread is so easy to make with a bread machine and you’ll wonder how you ever managed without one!
There’s a Website with a great deal of bread machine information, including reviews, prices, comparison charts and a really good bread-making tutorial. Pay the site a visit and learn all about the machine that will change your life, as it changed mine!