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Old 02-09-2008, 10:18 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by Corey123 View Post
But how do you know if the bread machine won't work until and unless you try it?
The same way I know that any appliance I buy manufactured by Krups will be reliable, and any Philips electronics I buy will last a long time. Years of experience.

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Old 02-09-2008, 10:32 AM   #32
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cora, i have an old breadman bread machine. it's probably about 15 years old, but only gets used in spurts a few times a year. that is, whenever it gets taken out, it gets used several times before it's put away to make temporary room for something else. then it's forgotten about for another year.

i have to say that when does get used, it's great and it couldn't be easier. i buy the boxed bread mixes, which now often include the required packet of yeast. you just pour in the water, then dump in the contents of the mix and yeast, and 2 hours later you have fresh bread. that's it. and the house smells great for a few hours afterwards.

someday, when the earth slows and there's 9 days in a week, 28 hours in a day, i'll use it the way k.t.e. does and bake the bread seperately for different crusts and shapes. but for now, i love my breadman.

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Old 02-09-2008, 11:03 AM   #33
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We have a WestBend 2lb capacity breadmaker. I love it because it makes a traditional loaf, not one that stands on it's end. It bakes a nice, even loaf and the only time I've had a problem was when my yeast was getting a little old. I've made WW bread once but go with the traditional white recipe more often than not. I use it alot in the fall and winter but not so much in the summer. We just don't eat as much bread in the summer I guess!
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Old 02-17-2008, 04:46 AM   #34
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i use my breadmaker at least 3 times a week, but only on dough cycle!

im not keen on the crust of a loaf baked in the machine and like to use fresh yeast so kneed and rise stuff in machine then bake in oven.

we never buy bread anymore and it saves us a ton of money.

i also have a really good bread machine cookbook so maKE TONS OF STUFF LIKE BAGLES, HONEY OAT BREAD , ITALIAN BREAD, POIZZA BASE ETC! (sorry hit capps lock then!) the books called "the bread machine cookbook" by donna rathmell german.
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Old 02-18-2008, 09:49 AM   #35
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I too have a breadmaker I never use. I love it but it is too big to lug out all the time and I only ever used the dough cycle. I don't mind the little hole it puts in the bread from the paddle but I hated the shape of the bread. I think they have machines on the market now that make them a normal shape.
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Old 02-18-2008, 11:28 AM   #36
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I have 2 bread machines that got almost constant use until recently when I bought a KA stand mixer. It works just as well to make two 2-pound batches of dough with only one bowl to clean up and only uses one electrical outlet. Like most of ya'll, I only made dough in them but baked the bread in the regular oven. So this week, I'm giving my bread machines to my kids and then I'll have room for my new food processor!
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Old 02-18-2008, 02:10 PM   #37
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So why is it that some of you don't bake the bread in the bread machine? Because of the shape? And what shape is it? Really tall loaves?
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Old 02-18-2008, 02:38 PM   #38
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So why is it that some of you don't bake the bread in the bread machine? Because of the shape? And what shape is it? Really tall loaves?
I didn't like the shape nor the crust..So i prefer to shape and bake in the oven..You can then get the type of crust you want and the shape you want. I hated the little squat loaves with the hole in it...YUK and the crust was just crust. My kids use to insist it be cut off and that left them with a pretty small sandwich...Each machine is different in the shape of the loaves. or was when I got my Joji..I still have it but never use it I love kneading the bread myself..With the boys though a machine would be helpful and then you could take the dough out shape it and bake in your oven...The kids will love it if they like bread and butter with a sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon
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Old 02-18-2008, 02:49 PM   #39
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So why is it that some of you don't bake the bread in the bread machine? Because of the shape? And what shape is it? Really tall loaves?
There are several reasons for me but the main one is that I have trouble getting consistent results in my machines. I find that just making dough gives me more flexibility. Like if for some reason, my yeast wasn't as active as it should be, I can let it rise longer. (OK, it's probably cook's error with regard to the yeast.) I can work in a little more flour if I've gotten too much liquid in the dough, too.

The other reason is I'm impatient and lazy. 90% of the bread I bake is in the form of rolls and bread sticks. I just divide the 2 lb. dough into 16 pieces, shape them, put them on a baking sheet, and into the oven at 400 for 10 minutes. Instant gratification and I don't have to let it cool and/or slice it so no crumbs. Apparently, this method is almost fool-proof because I've never had a batch fail.
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Old 02-18-2008, 02:56 PM   #40
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I love my Panasonic bread machine and use it a couple times a week. I both use it to make dough for rolls or pizza crust, but also bake in it at least once a week. The only thing I don't like about mine is that it makes a square-shaped loaf. It IS super easy - basically dump in the ingredients and let it do its thing.

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