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Will a breadmaker really make life easier for me?

Updated on December 5, 2014

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...


  • 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


  1. Place all of the ingredients into the breadmaker, I tend to put the wet ingredients in the pan first.
  2. 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.
  3. Remember the water should be tepid (between 21-28 degrees centigrade)
  4. 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.
  5. Enjoy with some lovely unsalted butter.
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Pizza Dough

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.

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      lynnasafriend 3 years ago

      This is interesting, I always wanted to know if I should do something like, make my own bread. I think I'm going to try it. Maybe not buy the machine quite yet, but the making a loaf of bread in the oven to start out with. Thank you for sharing :)

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      AvastBehind 4 years ago

      I wouldn't be without my bread maker - it makes a perfect loaf and I know the ingredients are safe to eat - ie no GMOs.

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      changrcoacher 4 years ago

      Seems that almost nothing smells as good as freshly baked bread, huh? I make almost all my own bread. Maybe someday I'll switch to a bread-maker...right now I just love getting my hands in it!

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      Inndise 4 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe. Love the smell of fresh bread.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @anonymous: It's always nice to know what ingredients are in the bread.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Agreed, our bread usually does not last long enough to worry about it going bad.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @knit1tat2: Not tried your way, but I will!

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      knit1tat2 4 years ago

      I use mine to mix the bread and rise the 1st time, then take the dough out and put it loaf pans, rise again and bake. Love the results!

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      travelerme 4 years ago

      I used to have one but I remember it kept giving problems. I enjoy the time I spend kneading after mixing with a mixer.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I love fresh home made bread, what a great smell. I do not have a bread maker, it would be nice to have one.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I had a bread maker and used to make bread every day. I would put the ingredients in at night and wake up to fresh bake bread every morning. What a wonderful smell.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I think it depends on how much you want to spend on one. We have a DeLonghi at the moment and that makes great bread, (including the recipe on my lens), cakes and pizza dough. I haven't tried to make jam in it yet, although I keep on saying I am going to!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would like to try one. Do you have any recommendations?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't have a bread maker, but it sure would make life easier. You are right! :D

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @cgbroome: Good luck in keeping your New Year's resolution.

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      cgbroome 5 years ago

      I absolutely love homemade bread and for my bridal shower (13 year ago), I was given one. Unfortunately, it still sits, 13 yrs. later, unopened. I think about it time and time again. Even my husband has mentioned it several times, but then we go to the store and buy a loaf of bread there. For New Year's this year I made a resolution to take it out and use it at least 3 times this year. After reading this lens - I'm even more motivated! Thanks for the push that I needed!

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I love my breadmaker because it is so easy to use. The hard part is waiting for it to finish baking! I haven't tried baking anything but basic bread in it so far, but your herb bread recipe looks very tasty! Nice lens! =)

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      VictoriaKelley 5 years ago

      We love our breadmaker and use it all the time

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @Sundaycoffee: Good luck, I hope you enjoy it.

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      Sundaycoffee 5 years ago

      The herb bread recipe sounds delicious - I'm definitely trying this.

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      ViolaSuSi 5 years ago

      Never used a breadmaker. After reading your lens I'll definitely opt for one. Gets life easier as it seems.

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @CoolFool83: I'm sure you would use one.

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      LaPikas 5 years ago

      Once I bought one, but never find the correct mix or ingredients to really get the delicious bread that the machine promised on its handbook. So finally I decided to give it away to a good friend...and voila! now she enjoys fresh bread, and shares with me some times ;)

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      I really want a bread maker!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      My hubby got me a breadmaker with a gluten-free setting, which treats the dough according to the flours that are needed. I used it once, so I am guilty for not getting in a habit ~ but boy, the bread, from a GF mix, was delicious! So maybe you've encouraged me to pull it back out and enjoy some delicious bread ~ with butter ~ yuumm! B : )

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      Phoenix2361 5 years ago

      I love my breadmaker. Not only can I make fresh bread, I can also make homemade jam in it as an accompaniment to the bread. I very good investment.

      I fancy some homemade bread now.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a breadmaker ... but I must confess that I don't use it a lot. I just can't get used to the taste of the bread which comes out of the breadmaker. So I'm buying my bread instead, and sometimes when time allows me - make it by hand. Buying bread is not a healthy habit, I know ... well maybe, after reading your lens, i'll give my breadmaker a second chance:).

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I love homemade bread. I've never owned a breadmaker but it looks like a good idea for busy cooks (and moms)!

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @RuralFloridaLiving: The only problem I have is that when I make a loaf I end up eating far too much.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      You've got me ready to pull out my breadmaker right now! Thanks for sharing.

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @Bellezza-Decor: If you buy one I'm sure you won't regret it.

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      Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

      I'm still debating about buying one. Thanks for the info!

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @Blackspaniel1: Absolutely. The aroma of fresh bread in the morning.

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Fresh bread is best.