Tuesday, March 8, 2011

My work horse

Did you buy a bread machine back in the bread machine craze of the 90's? I think ours was a Christmas gift and came from Sam's club. I would buy those bread machine mixes at Sam's Club. It sure was easy to throw some water and the mix in the pan and a few hours later, you had fresh bread. The house smelled wonderful but, oh those soft tasteless crusts. Next I got a recipe book on whole grain breads in your bread machine. I made a variety of dense brick loaves full of grains that were hardly edible.
So then the bread machine was banished to the basement for awhile and only used occasionally. In the past few years it has become my work horse! I use it for kneading and rising bread all of the time, just not baking.

It's very easy and comes out perfect every time. I just put my bread ingredients in, and put it on the 'first rise' cycle. It takes about an hour and a half, but if I'm away longer it's fine to just sit in there.

Then I take it out and put in my a bread pan and bake it in the oven so it has a nice crust.
I use it to rise my pizza dough too.
This crazy machine is also a rice cooker. The rice and water goes in the same container and there's a top for the rice cycle.
It steams rice perfectly, brown rice too.
It's only draw back is that it's quite large. I've  pulled my back out hauling this thing up and down the basement stairs! But I use it a couple of times of week for dough and rice.
I bet you could fine a great deal on one of these at thrift shops or yard sales. I'm going to start looking for one exactly like the one I have because I don't know what I'm going to do if it ever stops working.


  1. This bread is the reason I no longer fit in my skin tight yoga onezz.


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