Bread machine

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    Not sure it is cheaper, but it makes the house smell very nice.
     
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    I used to use a machine but ultimately, its faster and healthier to make it from scratch. I gave my away and the person I gave it to now agrees with me that its a waste of money.

    The best thing you can do is get past the incorrect idea that baking bread is time consuming and difficult. Its really not. But, what can mess you up is not respecting the fact that bread is a living thing.

    I make soy yogurt and run up against the same thing - its a living thing.

    A better machine might be an Instant Pot. You can bake killer bread in it but you can also cook/bake/make almost everything, anything you can think of. Google or Pinterest recipes to compare.
     
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    Don't forget to put the little belly button in.

    My step father and his wife came for a visit. Nice enough people but I was looking forward to them leaving. I made cinnamon bread in the machine, programmed it to be ready in time to see them out the door but forgot put in the little stirrer. If you're not familiar with bread machines, you can see it at the bottom of the pan in the 5th photo down on your Amazon page.

    Woke up to that incredible fragrance wafting through the house, we're all pacing, waiting for it to ding, took it out and found a little brick at the bottom of the pan.

    Check out King Arthur's flour site for lots of great bread baking stuff. Lots of specialty flour and bread pans. They're expensive but we've enjoyed shopping with them. Love their baguette pans. Oh yeah, and that beautiful cloche bread pan. Their catalog is bread porn and always include new recipes.

    The more I think about it, the more I'm glad we don't use a machine anymore. Too limiting.
     
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    As long as the bread machine sticks to making bread and not nagging about the trash, I see no harm.
     
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    Good homemade bread hot and fresh from the oven and smothered in heart-clogging butter is unmatched in releasing serotonin.
     
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    I have an Oster that has seen better days and needs to be replaced, but I do like it and use it, usually in the summer or when I don't have time to do it by hand which is the preferred method.

    Homemade bread from scratch is great, but agree about it being time consuming.....just because you have to knead it, let it rest & raise, then do it all over again, then bake. Winter & cooler temps are great for this if you have the time.

    A bread machine is much easier....just throw in the ingredients, hit the button(s) and 3-4 hours later you've got some good stuff. It's great if you want fresh bread in the heat of summer. It doesn't heat up the house like the oven does.
     
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    I have a Breadman machine. I use it often. The bread is just as good as hand kneaded. The time it takes to do it by hand isn't worth the bragging rights. I'd rather use that time for something else.
     
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    I made bread every week ... whole wheat in the breadmaker, crusty white and challah by hand.

    The breadmaker is awesome but ... it will take a lot of experimentation to achieve a good loaf. Start simple with plain white, make sure your water temps and amounts are measured accurately ... I used laboratory grade beaker and thermometers. Too cold and the yeast won't activate, too hot and it will die. I find 45C works for most active dried yeast. Measure flour by weight not volume and use ONLY fresh ingredients -- I mill my own flour.

    It's almost a certainty that recipes in the breadmaker book or other source use incorrect volumes ... I don't know why but it's just the truth. You'll have to experiment to get your bread to come out right.

    But ... when you do ... there is no equal.
     
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