Bread Machine Tips and Considerations

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I adore bread. So I bought a bread machine. I’m almost always on a wheat-free diet (low carb), but love to indulge in my favorite comfort foods on occasion. Here are a few of my bread machine tips and considerations.

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We have a wonderful bakery in town called Upper Crust that makes the most fabulous loaves of rosemary bread. One of my BFFs and I love, love, love it! We almost drool over it–but not quite because that would be super gross. ๐Ÿ˜œ

I used to make homemade French bread all the time, back in the olden days when we lived in a huge, very old Victorian farmhouse in the late 80s to early 90s. I had time for such things, but then we started building a new house and the babies became preschoolers and between yard and house upkeep and running the kids here and there for sports and school functions, the itch to bake bread dwindled. There just didn’t seem to be enough time in the day.

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Bread Machine Tips

The invention of the countertop bread machine was like a dream come true. But I didn’t want to spend $100 or more on an appliance that might put out a crummy loaf of bread, or sit on my counter unused because it was too time-consuming or complicated. A writer friend I used to blog with on another cooking site used hers all the time and loved it. That convinced me to give one a try.

Bread Machine Bread Tips & Considerations | Culinary Craftiness
Bread Machine Bread Tips & Considerations | Culinary Craftiness

I happened to find a Breadman bread machine on Craigslist for $30 that had only been used once and it worked perfectly. I can’t count the number of loaves I’ve made in it. I’ve discovered it’s always best to use the long setting rather than short. The dough needs more time to develop all that yeasty goodness. The fast setting will get you bread in a couple of hours, but it won’t be nearly as good as letting it take its sweet time. This particular machine can make a 1 lb. or 2 lb. loaf of bread.

Bread Machine Bread Tips & Considerations | Culinary Craftiness

Bread Machine Tips

Bread Machine Bread Tips & Considerations | Culinary Craftiness

Active dry yeast, bread flour, salt, oil, powdered milk, and water are the only necessary ingredients. Accurate measurements are a must. Put the ingredients in the order given in the directions in the metal container fitted with the little paddle in the bottom. Push the machine to the back of the counter. It is possible for it to walk its way off the counter if it’s near the edge while it’s kneading the dough. Select the appropriate settings on the control panel, close the lid, and walk away.

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Have a dish of butter and a bread knife ready to go! I can never let the bread sit in the pan to cool for 20 minutes. It smells too good and the draw of freshly baked warm bread is too irresistible. Use oven mitts and be very careful when pulling the hot pan out of the bread machine. Carefully upend the bread over a cutting board and carefully shake out. Use a clean dishtowel to hold the loaf while you cut off a few slices. I’ve burned myself several times, so watch out.

Bread Machine Bread Tips & Considerations | Culinary Craftiness

Bread Machine Tips

The bread isn’t shaped like a typical loaf of bread since it’s baked vertically. Also, the first couple of slices off the bottom will have a cut in them where the paddle was located. Some bread machines have a retracting paddle, some don’t. The first slice off the bottom is usually too tough and crusty, but every piece thereafter is fabulous slathered with lots of real butter. A nice smear of honey takes it so over the top you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven.๐Ÿ˜Š

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These slices are too big to fit all the way in a toaster. Placing them on a cookie sheet and popping them into the oven under the broiler for 30 seconds or so works perfectly. Just keep a good watch on them so they don’t burn. I leave my oven door open when broiling so I can see how whatever is in there is progressing. I haven’t tried to make a grilled cheese with bread machine bread yet, but that’s next on my list of things to do. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also haven’t experimented with any of the other dessert recipes in the book that came with it. There are lots of other flavored breads that can be made in the machine, too. I have made pizza dough that turned out great. I’ll share the results of that in a future post.

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Because this bread contains no preservatives, you need to store it in an airtight container and use it up within a few days.

Bread Machine Bread Tips & Considerations | Culinary Craftiness

Bread Machine Tips

Clean up for the pan and paddle is a breeze. Never submerge them in water or use scrubbers of any type on them. I let any bit of breads stuck to the paddle or sides (usually very little) completely dry out then wipe down everything with a clean towel or paper towel and shake out the crumbs. That’s it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy eating!

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About Melissa

Melissa is a wife, mother, family cook, and romance novelist. The very first thing she learned in the kitchen was how to scramble eggs in an old cast iron skillet at the age of five. Her great-grandmother put her on a step-stool at the stove and thus began her passion for whipping up great tasting foods.

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