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My Breadmaker Makes THE BEST Foolproof Bread!

Updated on September 10, 2014

Truly the best thing since sliced bread!

My mother bought me this Oster bread making machine as my Christmas gift. Years prior I had stopped baking any type of bread except for the occasional loaf of mango bread because the results were always embarrassing and not worth my time or the damage to my pride.

One unfortunate holiday dinner is cemented in our family history. That year whoever was in charge of assigning dishes for the family potluck was obviously intoxicated because they asked me to bake the dinner rolls. I did it; I attempted it. That was the last time.

My stepfather said his teeth were loosened when he bit into a roll. He said it jokingly but his exaggeration wasn't that far off the mark considering how hard those rolls were.

Of course, I was skeptical....

and a little intimidated on Christmas morning when I opened my gift from mom and saw what she had given me. But my husband was hopeful. That encouraged me, so I went for it.

I read the simple instruction and recipe booklet so I would know exactly what steps I needed to take to produce bakery quality bread. (Do NOT skip this part, no matter what your baking skills may be. It takes like 5 minutes to read.) The next day I went to the grocery store and bought one bag of bread flour and a jar of Fleischmann's yeast for bread machines.

This is what I discovered:

1. The trick to baking an excellent loaf of bread is to measure the ingredients accurately AND always put the liquid ingredients in first. The instruction book explains EVERYTHING you need to know! The bread maker comes with a measuring cup and a tablespoon/teaspoon combo. No fancy measuring equipment required.

2. I did not have to knead the bread dough. The machine does it!

3. As for the actual baking of the bread loaf, the machine bakes it too! I didn't realize that until I got this bread making machine, but that's how little I knew about these things. (The exception is dinner rolls, pizza and pretzel dough and homemade pasta noodles which are mixed in the bread maker and then removed to finish outside the baker.)

4. This machine truly is foolproof! It mixes, kneads, lets the bread dough rise and bakes the loaf. No mess, no fuss. I just put in the ingredients, push the button and walk away. (Or I can set the delayed timer to have a fresh crusty loaf of bread all ready at the end of the day.)

Who Would Love This Bread Maker?

Everyone who loves the taste, texture and fragrance of freshly baked bread.

Everyone who wants to control the ingredients in the food they are consuming.

Everyone who enjoys saving money without sacrificing taste.

See that freshly baked loaf of French Country Bread? Guess who baked that? Me! :)

French Country Home Baked Bread
French Country Home Baked Bread | Source

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Nothing tastes better with homemade soup than a warm slice of crusty French bread.My Oster bread maker is hard at work while I'm goofing off.The loaf was just removed from the machine. Can you smell that goodness?Pass the butter please! :)
Nothing tastes better with homemade soup than a warm slice of crusty French bread.
Nothing tastes better with homemade soup than a warm slice of crusty French bread. | Source
My Oster bread maker is hard at work while I'm goofing off.
My Oster bread maker is hard at work while I'm goofing off.
The loaf was just removed from the machine. Can you smell that goodness?
The loaf was just removed from the machine. Can you smell that goodness?
Pass the butter please! :)
Pass the butter please! :)

Basic Bread Making Supplies Are All You Need

Prep Solutions by Progressive Adjustable Bread Keeper
Prep Solutions by Progressive Adjustable Bread Keeper

We bought this bread keeper for our home baked loaves. It's perfect! It easily contains a 2 pound loaf. Features air vent holes that are adjustable on one end. Great product!

 
Fleischmann's Yeast for Bread Machines, 4-Ounce Jars (Pack of 3)
Fleischmann's Yeast for Bread Machines, 4-Ounce Jars (Pack of 3)

I find this yeast to be the best. My bread rises much higher using this brand from the jar versus those individual packets of yeast.

 

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Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition High-Carbon Blade Serrated Bread Knife (10-Inch)
Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition High-Carbon Blade Serrated Bread Knife (10-Inch)

This is the exact bread slicing knife we use. It makes a huge difference when you've got a great knife. The blade is long enough to go across the entire loaf smoothly.

 

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    • poetryman6969 profile image

      poetryman6969 

      3 years ago

      It looks good!

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      coffeelover13 

      4 years ago

      Oh gosh that bread looks so delicious! I'm going to have to try my hand at baking some one day! :)

    • Pam Irie profile imageAUTHOR

      Pam Irie 

      4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @gottaloveit2: Thank you! This machine actually makes baking fun. I'm not slaving in the kitchen but the bread tastes like it. lol :)

    • Pam Irie profile imageAUTHOR

      Pam Irie 

      4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Brite-Ideas: The smell is part of the anticipation. lol Hope you get another soon! :)

    • Pam Irie profile imageAUTHOR

      Pam Irie 

      4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Diana Wenzel: That is a wonderful idea! Currently I only bake loaves a couple times a week for us at home, but I can see how welcoming a gift it could be too. You got me to thinking. :)

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      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      Your bread loaf looks awesome. Way to go! Some friends of mine have one of these bread makers and every day they bake bread to deliver to others (as a lovely ministry to shut-ins and those who could use a lift). I just love how something so loving can be done as the result of receiving a gift like this. I feel inspired to do something similar. Now I just need the bread machine.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      oh yes! I love bread making machines - and the house smells amazing when you're baking - you are so right, you have to measure very accurately when you're preparing it. We are currently without a bread maker - but I would love another one (maybe I'll get one as a gift...lol)

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      gottaloveit2 

      4 years ago

      My mouth was literally watering upon viewing that bread. Delicious.

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