I don't to come off as a hater, but bread makers are kinda one note horses to me. Aside for mixing and kneading for you, they do only one thing and that is make bread. This is something I can do with my two hands, a sheet pan (or loaf pan) and an oven. These things serve many other purposes too. The other thing I don't like about bread makers is the amount of space they take up to do only that one thing.
I will admit that they are a good time saver, but on a day off I enjoy baking, working with my hands. I find kneading bread to be very therapeutic. It just seems that something is lost when you let a machine do the work for you. If you are alright with this or have a busy lifestyle, then by all means.
Check out my thread (I'm just getting started on baking) on something that I'm currently working on. I started on this this morning.
Also read Alton Brown's "I'm Just Here for More Food" to get a good grasp on methods and you can get that machine off your counter or out of your cupboards for good...[/quote]
I Hear ya - but with a 21 mth old running around, this is the only chance I get to bake LOL!