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8 Things You Can Make in a Bread Machine ... Other Than Bread
Happy National Bread Machine Month
That's right. January is National Bread Machine Month. Who knew, eh?! Now, I could talk about making a nice, healthy loaf of wheat or a rustic Italian bread, but where's the fun in that?!
Why not explore other options? What else can you make in your bread machine? When you have limited space for all those fun kitchen appliances out there, they need to do double duty. Making a simple loaf of bread impresses me, but you gotta earn your keep in my kitchen!
The most common use for a bread machine other than bread is dough. Just running the dough cycle saves steps, time, and stickiness. Plus, if you are not a fan of kneading, the machine does that part, too. In fact, almost all bread machines have a dough setting.
When it beeps, pull out your dough and go to town. Shape it into a loaf and bake bread in the oven. Roll it out and make homemade pizza. You can even make specialty doughs for bagels or periogis. Put your thinking cap on.
If you are all bread-ed out and are looking for a little diversity in your carbs, think small. Use your favorite recipe for rolls and experiment. Use the bread machine to prep the dough for Parker House rolls, Cinnamon rolls, anything. It's easy to whip up a batch of from-scratch rolls for dinner when you enlist the help of this handy appliance.
Making pasta from scratch is rewarding, but exhausting. Kneading, standing, rolling .... it's hard work! I mean ... Seriously. Hard. Work. Why not drag your trusty bread machine into the action and save a step? Just like you use it to make pizza dough, prep the pasta dough in it. Easy peasey!
How to Make Pasta in Your Bread Machine
4. Danish Pastries
I happen to have a thing for cheese danishes. They are like the culinary excuse for eating cheesecake for breakfast. (I know that I am an adult and don't need an excuse. Leave me alone, ok?! LOL)
Anywho ... back to the danishes. You can get all the sticky prep work out of the way simply by using your bread machine. There is a base recipe here, but you can tweak the fillings to suit your tastes.
5. Bread Pudding
This may seem like a no-brainer ... bread machine >>> bread pudding. I never realized it would work though. For those hot summer days when you want to avoid turning on the oven, try this. It won't heat up your kitchen nearly as much and tastes great! I bet you could even test around with your favorite overnight casserole recipe. Hmmmm ....
How To Make Bread Pudding in Your Bread Machine
Cake ... in a bread machine? Well, it is no stranger than cake in the crock pot, right?! In fact, it makes perfect sense. For a great recipe, check this out and, if you've never made the pseudo chocolate molten lava cake in your crock pot, dust it off and make this. Add a scoop of ice cold coffee ice cream and then lose my number. I don't want you calling me to complain that you at the whole cake in one sitting!
Cake in a Bread Machine
7. Jam and Jelly
Oh yes you can! Crazy, but true. You don't need all the pots and pans, just your lowly bread machine. Google bread machine jam and a ton of recipes will pop up in your search results. Pick your favorite (this is my fav) and try it out. The one below is for apricot and habanero jam - yum! I love the stuff!
Apparently, some bread machines have a "jam" setting. Mine doesn't, but it is an older model.
How to Make Jam and Jelly in a Bread Machine
I am no expert on soap making, by any means, but there are several forum threads out there where people suggested using an old bread machine to melt some of the ingredients slowly. Lye is very caustic and caution should be used at all times, but the beeswax would melt fairly nicely.
Top Rated Bread Machines and Bread Makers on the Market
You know, to help you "celebrate" National Bread Machine Month ;)