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Old 02-25-2015, 12:10 AM   #21
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+1 on the no-knead bread. Google for the recipe. It is so easy and the bread is top-notch. I also like kneading bread by hand sometimes - very therapeutic.

We've never owned a bread machine.
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Ha, ha! Round here, a 1.5-pound loaf is gone in about 30 minutes.

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...you have to eat it immediately. It goes stale in 2 days or so.
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I used a Panasonic for more than 15 years. When it started squeeking and P. abandoned spares I even bought used machines like mine on ebay because I did not want another brand. In Dec. I finally found a new one that works like the old P.

In average we do 1 loaf per week. Sometimes I buy at my favorite bakery in between, special sourdough or typical german dark bread.

The non-stick stuff is quite strong, not like in cheap pans.
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Old 02-25-2015, 07:40 AM   #24
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Worst part is overeating the delicious bread. Don't eat bread anymore.
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I have a Toastmaster vertical 1.5 lb loaf breadmaker, purchased back in the 1990s. I used to use it a lot, only for the dough cycle. I invested in a long narrow bread pan for baking in the oven.
I have been limiting bread and other "whites" for almost 2 years now. I do miss eating bread, so I bought a 10 grain bread mix at Amazon. I figured if I'm going to go back to eating some bread, I may as well do a higher fiber version.
This is the product I decided to get.
Amazon.com : Bob's Red Mill Bread Mix 10 Grain, 19-Ounce (Pack of 4) : Bread Machine Mixes : Grocery & Gourmet Food
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I love bread.

A friend of DW gave us a bread machine as they were decluttering. We used it for a while and it has sat in a closet for many years. The bread was good, but the loaves were on the small side so all in all it was more effort than it was worth.

I have also done no-knead bread and prefer that to the breadmaker.

However, supermarket bakery bread has gotten to be very good and is relatively inexpensive and very easy. Plus, it is sliced (or can be, you just need to ask them to run it through the slicer) so the portions are better since it is often hard to cut slices as thin by hand. So more recently, we have been buying supermarket bread because it is good and convenient. We usually try to get a loaf from the "day old"/clearance area and we only go through a loaf a week.
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I used to make bread at least once a week, usually using the paddle attachment of Kitchenaid mixer we already had to knead the dough for ten minutes and then baking it in the regular oven I already had. I never wanted a single-purpose machine, new or used, that would need storage or counter space.
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Yes, counter space is one of the reasons that our bread machine languishes in a closet.
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I have a really good bread machine (Zojirushi brand, which seems to be one of the best). Never had a bad loaf come out of it, and it's really easy to use. Very happy with it, and we've had it for over ten years.
1+ on the Zojirush, bought ours in December of '08 according to Amazon. Started out making bread frequently, but as others note our consumption of bread has declined. Occasional use for bread-making nowadays, I think we love the smell more than anything. DW uses it when making homemade pizza dough, the frequency of that has diminished also but still a useful appliance for that task. Had a lesser quality brand before that, think it lasted maybe a year and a half.
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I stopped using my bread maker a few years ago when I decided to cut highly processed carbs from my diet. Since then I have found that small amounts of carbs don't bother me that much so I have started eating some bread again. I never gave up pizza.

The advantage, IMHO, of the no-knead bread is the long rise time. According to the Cook's book on the science of cooking, a longer rise lets the tasty components of the dough develop while holding down those that detract from the taste. No-knead bread raises for 8-24 hours so that works well to make tasty bread.

I also make bread using 1/2 whole wheat flour, 1/4 white four, and 1/4 rolled oats. It tastes great, doesn't get stale as fast and is somewhat better for the blood sugars than 100% white flour bread.

Still, my bread consumption is way down when compared to 5 years ago.
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My most common use for my bread machine is to make pizza dough. While it is busy making the dough I prepare the toppings, mix up the sauce and have some wine.
+1 When DS was growing up I used it a lot in the winter to make fresh breads to go with soups and stews. (Bulk counts when filling up a teenage athlete!)

Since he's grown and gone, though, it primarily became the maker of great pizza dough. But when it wore out I did not replace it, as the dr. insists I must cut back on carbs.

Have done so. But I do miss that good homemade pizza crust!

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Since so many seem to make pizza, would anyone care to share a great pizza dough recipe for use in the bread machine?
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Since so many seem to make pizza, would anyone care to share a great pizza dough recipe for use in the bread machine?
It's not hard

2 cups bread flour (or unbleached white flour with glutton added, about 3 Tbl.)
1 cup Spelt flour or white whole wheat
2 tsp regular yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 TBL olive oil
1 tsp salt

If I am feeling frisky I might add some fresh rosemary to the mix.
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Thanks again for all the great suggestions. I'll keep you posted on what I end up making.

I like appliances that don't need a lot of tending to. We have rice makers and a convection oven that just shut themselves off when the rice is done or the timer goes off. So I'll probably try the bread machine next and maybe move up to the no knead after that.
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We bought a Breadman Ultimate for $5 at Goodwill 5 years ago and SWMBO made bread for me at least once a week for sandwiches until my retirement 3 months ago (yeah!). We backed it up with another identical unit , but the first one is still going strong.

I think it makes great French bread and it is amazing how quickly it gets stale (that should make you wonder about "Wonder" bread). Now that I have retired, the Breadman is only working part-time (why couldn't I?) as I am out of my daily sandwich routine.
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I had to look up SWMBO and discovered that I have one of those too!!!
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I like appliances that don't need a lot of tending to. We have rice makers and a convection oven that just shut themselves off when the rice is done or the timer goes off.
For others following the thread, you made me decide to throw in another note.
My rice cooker is my absolute favorite appliance (well, I guess right after the microwave). Absolutely perfect rice every time, no matter what kind of rice you're making (mine is used for white, brown, and sushi rice (three different settings, but there are several others)).

If anyone is contemplating one, by all means get a good modern one that has the "fuzzy logic" chip in it. Again, Zojirushi is a top brand.

This is the one I use (had it for about 4 years now):http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-NS-L...shi+ns-lac05xa
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Yes, we bought DS a rice cooker for Christmas and he loves it and says the rice is fantastic.
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We bought one, and received another as a gift. Both went on vacation to Salvation Army, and we haven't seen them since.

We weren't impressed.
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