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The Oster Breadmaker
I talked for years about buying a breadmaker and received an Oster Breadmaker for my birthday! It seemed to be a perfect day to make that first loaf of bread. The first morning after a cool front is often crisp and clear. I opened several windows to let the fresh air inside and soon the smell of fresh bread filled the house!
Reading through the recipes, I chose a whole wheat recipe for the first batch of dough. The Oster Breadmaker is very easy to use and does most of the work for you. Pull out the pan, add the ingredients, and it does the rest.
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How To Use
A recipe book comes with the breadmaker. Various tasty recipes and ingredients are included to make the bread making process easy. Some of the breads in the cookbook include rye, oat, and potato bread as well as white. The booklet also includes instructions for caring for your machine.
Insert the pan into the machine and lock into place. For cooking, choose the type of bread you are making from the selection on the front panel. By choosing a type of bread, the machine sets the time clock accordingly. How dark do you want your crust? Press light, medium or dark for your crust. Press start and the bread process begins!
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With the wheat recipe, the ingredients include water, brown sugar, salt, wheat flour and live yeast. Normally I am a neat cook. I wash dishes as I cook and try to wipe the counter or stove when there are spills. My kitchen was a disaster after I emptied my ingredients into the bread pan! There was wheat flour everywhere!
It Looks Like Bread!Click thumbnail to view full-size
This little machine kneads the dough several times and provides a perfect environment for the dough to rise! When the dough has been processed, then it bakes the bread.
One of the nice features of the Oster Breadmaker is the timer, which you can set to delay the baking process until breakfast or dinner later in the day. As the bread processed, the machine churned and puttered quietly in the corner of the kitchen. The smell of warm bread continued for hours.
As I write this hub, the second batch of bread is processing. The length of the process varies with the type of recipe. A basic recipe takes only an hour. My 100 percent wheat bread took three hours to rise and bake.
As the first loaf of bread finished baking, my husband was eager for his first sampling. Naturally I let it cool for a few minutes before slicing. It was perfect. He is eager for me to try some other recipes!
Christmas is approaching. I can't wait to make the raisin bread and other breakfast breads. I am looking forward to soups and homemade bread as fall continues. Come on cool weather, I am ready for you!
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A Pizza Meal with the Bread Machine
While in Dallas last week, we visited with some friends on a Friday evening. The wife offered to cook us a meal. To my surprise, she used her bread machine to make pizza dough. I could hear the familiar sound of dough mixing from the den as the bread machine faithfully kneaded the dough.. She pulled out fresh dough and proceeded to remove sections of the dough for a pizza. After flattening the dough, she made several different pizzas with various ingredients for us to taste. It was fabulous. I am inspired to try the same meal with my bread machine. A little sauce, some favorite ingredients, and cheese on top makes a great meal. She chatted with us as the wonderful aroma of pizza filled the air while baking in the oven. What a fun meal!