There Are Some things Too Good To Give Up
Making homemade bread in a bread machine has taken off big time this winter and I wondered if come spring it would drop away, but in fact this make bread bread machine trend is rising and seems to be intent on gathering pace.
Getting up in the morning to that cold light which you know is mean, is mitigated quite a lot when you catch the first tantalizing scent of your nearly ready bread – in fact it gets me out of bed and down the stairs to croon over it, really it smells that good.
A complete life saver to those of us up to our armpits in snow not that long ago, being able to put on a fresh loaf in under 5 minutes was heaven.
The alternative to baking your own fresh yeasty loaf is either battling the elements to the freezer or (worse) the store, and this year a lot of other folks have come around to the same way of thinking!
Actually to be fair to those of you who now have rumbling bellies and a real need for fresh bread (but no machine yet) you can still have home baked fast bread without the machine – there is an awesome recipe here for 45 minute bread rolls – no machine, just very fast home baked and totally yummy rolls.
It was interesting to see a young colleague who gets married next month had a bread machine on the posted list for us as a group to choose from as a gift, so you youngsters are getting in on the act as well are you? Brilliant, spread the word about how good it tastes and how many varieties you can make and we’ll really get folks baking.
Remember, you don’t need to spend a lot to get a really good bread machine, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, bread tastes the same from different machines if the same make of flour and other ingredients are used. You pay extra for features not flavor.
The only feature I’d list as really essential is a timer which allows you to set up the machine and wake up to fresh bread. Most bread machines except the very cheapest have this as standard and everything else is about baking artisan loaves without needing to access the machine again to add fruit or nuts etc – but you don’t need those.
The busiest post all winter with consistency has been The Best Bread Machine and the bread machine recipes posted have been hot to trot as well – if you haven’t seen them the links are below for you, they all work well in any bread machine, so go ahead and try one – the herb bread with cottage cheese added has a fantastic light consistency and delicate aroma making it perfect for sandwiches.
Oh, and if like me you love sourdough bread, there’s a recipe for sourdough starter here and a basic sourdough loaf here. Both of these need finishing in the oven, but I promise you the end result is so far above store bought, you’ll be converted forever.
If you aren’t a fan of bread machines or had one years ago that turned out loaves you could use as axle stands, then please believe me technology has moved on quite a bit! Bread from bread machines is generally light, fairly crusty and makes excellent sandwiches – I know they didn’t, but they do now!
So go get a read of The Best Bread Machine post and surprise yourself with what you can do with a little flour, yeast, sugar, salt, butter and water. You can feed your family a delicious variety of cheap bread, that’s what!