Sunday, February 8, 2015

Bread Machine? Oh Yeah!

by Leann

I have used a bread machine for decades. The last one was very sturdy and very basic. When bread started sticking and not rising every other time, I decided it was time I treated myself to a new one. My have bread machines come a long way since the last one I bought.

There's another reason I decided I needed to make bread rather than buy it. I am allergic to barley and if you have ever read a bread label, you understand that is very hard to find something without barley or without preservatives. If my body is shouting its disdain for barley, I should pay attention.

What's nice about this new machine--a Panasonic--is that it has a "sandwich bread" option. That was the first recipe I tried and I was surprised that it worked
perfectly. Next up was pizza dough. I adore pizza. Love it. Could eat it every day. I made it Saturday night and it, too, was delicious. Publix has pizza dough to buy but barley is like the second ingredient. It's good, but I am tired of
paying the price in the form of either hives or a migraine. Forget frozen pizza. I've found one brand that has no barley, but it's cheaper to make my own. And it tastes better!

Who knew when my grandmother was baking bread every day--and sometimes selling it for 25 cents a loaf--that it would be so much easier to have homemade bread on a regular basis. Of course, others are grateful for their high tech life--and yes I love my computer--but the bread machine and my Crock-pot make things so much easier.

What about you? What's your favorite appliance aside from a coffee maker?


24 comments:

Anonymous said...

No coffee maker because caffeine triggers bad tachycardia attacks and I end up in the ER. However, I couldn't live without my toaster oven (microwave a close second) which pooches out in back for pizza and is just the right size for one person. I even have a 6 cup/place muffin tin. I use the regular oven occasionally if making a pie or roasting meat. Cordella

Aurian said...

As I don't drink coffee, my coffeemaker is not important to me, my water boiler is for making tea. And instant soup. What else do I use in the kitchen? The fridge, the stove and the oven and the microwave, that is about it. I am not a baker or a fancy cook.
My boyfriends loves his knifes, sometimes I think the bigger thay are the more he likes them. But I always use the smallest one I have, and the cheapest one. Official use is to peel potatoes with it (I don't use one of those thin slicers), and I cut everything else with it as well, vegetables. Or my daily steak knifes if it is too big for my small potatoe knife. I just liket he way it fits my hand.

Lorraine Bartlett said...

Oh, Leann, you have really tempted me. Now I want a bread maker. I had a terrible experience with yeast (pizza crusts are NOT supposed to be four inches thick) and so I have avoided making anything with yeast. But now ... well, I know what my treat will be the next time my royalty check comes around.

P.S. for Anonymous. I love my little toaster oven. We're just two people, and you can cook a surprising amount of dinner entrees in that little toaster oven. I love it!

Gram said...

I love my crockpot too. I used to make bread by hand when the kids were young, but now with two of us the breadmaker is fine. I have a recipe for pizza dough that I like so do not use the dough setting on the machine.

Leann Sweeney said...

Cordella, that sounds like an awesome toaster oven. I NEVER put leftover pizza in the microwave, btw. Cannot ruin a good thing!

Leann Sweeney said...

The right knife is important in the kitchen. I was thinking about getting a ceramic knife because I got several for my kids who chop and cut a lot of veggies and they love them.

Leann Sweeney said...

For me, it's not the yeast. It's all those damn chemicals they put in everything commercial. Had pizza last night and did not wake up with a headache! YAY!

Leann Sweeney said...

I would be lost without my Crock-pot, Gram. I have the original one I got for a wedding shower gift many many years ago, but I don't use it. It's just a relic of the past (but it does still work--I can keep small things warm in it). I have found the brand other than Rival, the original maker of the Crock-pot to be inferior. There must be a secret recipe for making a Crock-pot!! LOL.

mary kennedy said...

I love my crockpot. I've had it for ages and was amused to see one sitting on the countertop in The Americans (the FX spy drama set in the 1980's). There was my very own Rival crockpot. It's perfect for making vegetable soup. I just chop everything up, add some veggie broth and canned tomatoes (fresh tomatoes in the summer, with loads of fresh parsley) and it does the rest! You've tempted me to buy a breadmaker.

Lisa said...
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Lisa said...

I love my coffee pot and I love my Kitchen Aid mixer. I use the Cook's sandwich bread recipe it is easy and the dough hook does all the kneading. I make them into rolls and we can have fresh bread for dinner if I start when the kids and I get home from school. I have to say you have tempted me to looking into a bread machine thought. I've never had great luck with homemade pizza. I know you probably don't want to say which model you bought, but if you could message me (llcejka at gmail dot com) I'd appreciate. Recommendations go a long way :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Yup, it was way back then when we got our first slow cooker. I haven't looked back! :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Lisa it was a Panasonic. It had like 900 ratings on Amazon and was 4 1/2 stars. I love my Kitchenaid mixer, too! We have every attachment and when you are canning that "meat grinder" one is great for more than just meat. I've made ground round from round steak. I have to say the pasta maker was a fail but my husband used the grinder attachment and made wonderful sausage.

Kate Collins said...

My favorite appliance is the gas range at a restaurant. LOL. Oh, you mean at home! I'd have to vote for my stick blender then.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

We love our bread maker and we love baguette style loaves. We have a recipe that lets us take it out before the last rise, shape into baguettes and bake. It only adds two minutes to the process and we end up with fresh baguettes without a trip to the bakery.

Also quite besotted with crock-pot and stick blender.

Great post, Leann. Hugs!

Leann Sweeney said...

LOL. That might be my favorite appliance, too, Kate!

Leann Sweeney said...

MJ, this bread machine does that, too. Maybe we have the same one. Haven't had it long enough to try all the options, but I can tell you my tummy feels a lot better without barley. I wonder if it as genetically modified as corn, which also gives me a lot of trouble.

Carrie P said...

I use my bread machine a little differently, I just use the dough setting, I make a pound and a half loaf, take it out of the machine, kneed for about a minute or so and shape it into a log. Then I put it into a bread pan and cover with damp cloth (I use brawny paper towels and hot water, I also re-wet it a lot) and let it rise until it has risen enough for me. The higher it rises the more airy it is, I then bake it in the oven for about 20-30 minutes. If you like butter tops, you make a slice in the dough as soon as you put it in the pan, then let it rise, and after 15-20 minutes cooking take some butter and slather it all around. Then finish cooking usually 10 minutes. :)

Anonymous said...

I would never have known bread making could be so easy, Leann! I used to make homemade yeast rolls, from scratch. Now, I buy the frozen ones, let them rise and pop them in the oven...lazy. I'd have to say the coffeemaker is my favorite appliance, though. Now, if I had a robot coffeemaker, it could brew AND bring it to me! :)

Leann Sweeney said...

It's a good idea! This breadmaker has recipes for just making dough and doing what you are talking about. MJ mentioned making baquettes that way, too. The older I get the easier I want things to be. With the pizza setting you do have to knead the dough--or at least they say to, but I found the dough to be shiny and elastic like it should be. This one also has a setting for a dark crust, which I love!

Leann Sweeney said...

Yes, a robot would be nice! (No back talk!) :-)

Margaret said...

I love my bread machine! I buy pre-boxed bread machine mixes, just for the convenience. The Prepard Pantry has some great mixes as does Krusteaz for that easy quick loaf of bread. And Krusteaz has a Hawaiian Bread box mix that I just love. My mother makes bread the "old fashion way" but I love the ease of the machine.

Alison Marable said...

My favorite bread to bake from scratch is pumpkin cornbread, but I don't use a bread machine. I guess my most-loved appliances would be the KitchenAid Stand Mixer, cordless iron (for sewing only), and my sewing machine. You didn't say kitchen appliances so I threw those in :)
I just bought a pasta maker and plan to start making my own pasta and ravioli. I am hoping it is more delicious with no preservatives. We grow our own tomatoes and I enjoy making sauce, so why not try to make the pasta? I'll have to let you know how it turns out...

Alison Marable said...

We also like our air popcorn popper. We found some organic corn in reds, blues and purples. So delicious, you don't even need butter or salt.