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Old 09-08-2011, 06:24 PM   #1
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Do you bake by hand or use a bread machine

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Old 09-08-2011, 09:06 PM   #2
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Do you bake by hand or use a bread machine
I prefer a bread machine. For me, it's fool proof. I say this because the last time I made bread by hand it turned out to be a brick that could have stood the test of time as the cornerstone for any building.
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:07 PM   #3
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What kind of machine do you have, LindaZ?
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:15 PM   #4
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I bake breads and rolls by hand. I gave my bread machine to my daughter years ago, and I haven't regretted it for a moment.
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:28 PM   #5
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I gave my bread machine to my daughter years ago, and I haven't regretted it for a moment.
Kind of funny because I gave my bread machine to my mom...
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:54 PM   #6
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I have two bread machines and only use them to do the kneading and first rise of any of my dough products. I have severe arthritis in my hands and kneading just kills me. I have never used my machines to make bread all the way through the bread-making cycle.

I've spoken with some of the resident bakers at the King Arthur Flour company and they tell me that the machines do a better, more consistent job of kneading than human hands. I truly believe that. Even when my hands were healthy, my bread products were very good, now they're better.
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:03 PM   #7
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... I have severe arthritis in my hands and kneading just kills me... I truly believe that. Even when my hands were healthy, my bread products were very good, now they're better.
I agree. That's why I like my KitchenAid mixer with dough hook. As many here know, I also have severe arthritis which is why I look for mechanical or alternative ways of doing certain things without sacrificing quality.
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:36 AM   #9
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If you're going to bother baking bread it's almost crazy to bother with a breadmaker. And who among us actually wants any more freaking appliances that only do one thing?

Here's the deal, buy yourself one decent loaf pan and just work on your recipe until you've perfected it. Take one very basic bread recipe, and modify the ingredients until it's absolutely perfect for you.

And make sure to brag about it whenever you pack a sandwich for lunch at work, too.
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Old 09-09-2011, 07:58 AM   #10
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I use a bread machine or I buy my bread at a local bakery. I love the way the bread finishes in the machine and have no complaints about it what-so-ever.

I have a large pantry. The bread machine only takes up one square foot of shelf space. I have lots of appliances that only do one thing. Like my electric can opener. I tried using it as a diamond cutter, but it failed miserably!
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