Will a breadmaker really make life easier for me?
The aroma of freshly baked bread...
I first bought a breadmaker 14 years ago. I had just had my second child and felt like an earth mother. I had make bread by hand before with mixed results but I no longer had the luxury of time running between nursery school and looking after a newborn baby.
I used it sporadically for the first couple of months. It was a nice gadget to have, but eventually it went the way of most of my fad gadgets and into the cupboard. I did come across it now and again and I would feel guilty about not using it, just not guilty enough to get it out of the cupboard when it was so much easier and quicker to drive to the bakers and buy bread.
My turning point came when my we found out my youngest child has a serious allergy and buying bread was no longer an easy option. Every label has to be read to make sure it is suitable for him to eat, which in itself is timeconsuming, not that I minded as I certainly didn't want him going into anaphylaxis shock.
I started experimenting with making bread and it was something the children could get involved with. Some of our experiments were wonderful, others not so. The thing is, we had fun.
I am now on my 3rd breadmaker, the other two worn out from overuse. We make cakes in the breadmaker which are lovely and safe for my youngest to eat. We make pizza dough, a lot cheaper than buying a pizza and you know that there are no additives in it. Our favourite product from the breadmaker is definitely our herb bread. I have requests for it from my oldest boys friends. If they are coming over to study or play on the games consoles they tell me ahead of time and devour a whole loaf of it with beautiful unsalted butter. It's a cheap treat for them and fills them up so they're not asking to eat chips or candy.
The bread may not last more than a day as there are are no additives in it, but in our house that doesn't matter as it's always eaten before it gets the chance to get stale...
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- 1 1/2 cups of water
- 3 tablespoons skimmed milk powder
- 3 tablespoons sunflower oil
- 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 4 cups strong white bread flour
- 6 teaspoons mixed dried herbs (eg. oregano
- basil marjoram or thyme)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fast action yeast
- Place all of the ingredients into the breadmaker, I tend to put the wet ingredients in the pan first.
- On my breadmaker I use the basic setting. Check your instruction booklet for advice. The quantities are for a 2 pound loaf, but the quantities can be reduced for a one pound loaf.
- Remember the water should be tepid (between 21-28 degrees centigrade)
- It is suggested you allow this bread to cool before eating. When I make the bread I try not to let the family eat it for about 30 minutes. Much better on the tummy to eat bread that is cool as opposed to burning hot just out of the breadmaker.
- Enjoy with some lovely unsalted butter.
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I often use my breadmaker to make pizza dough. My family preter the dough to be made in the morning, put into the pizza tin and left to proof all afternoon. Delicious.