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Old 07-06-2008, 09:10 AM   #51
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I have one but hardly use it since I make NYT bread and the 5 min a day bread.
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Old 07-06-2008, 09:27 AM   #52
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There is nothing like coming downstairs in the morning and having the smell of freshly baked bread greet me.

I get all the ingredients in the pan and set it to bake over night. I also leave a stick of butter on the counter and add honey the next morning for some nice fresh honey butter.

This, with a cup of my homemade cocoa mix, is a breakfast that my boys request often.
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Old 07-06-2008, 10:22 AM   #53
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I just love the smell in the house of bread baking!
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:15 AM   #54
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I haven't used mine in awhile. When I do use it, I usually let the machine do the mixing and rise then finish out of the machine. Black olive and sun-dried tomato bread is my favorite.
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:22 AM   #55
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I use my 30 year old bread machine 3 or 4 times a week. I haven't used the heat cycle for several years, but shape the bread and bake. I just scored an almost new Welbilt at a thrift store for $3.76. Looked like it had been used once or twice. If you find an old one, manuals are usually available on the internet. Gave the thrift store find to a friend with kids. The kids love it. May be the easiest recipes for kids available. Babe: You might try the machine for kneading and doing the shaping and baking yourself. At 4 or 5 bucks for decent bread, and 50 cents for homemade. I suspect that my machine is going to get even more use.
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:47 AM   #56
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This is an old thread, but I have a new question. No one has talked about - cost. I have three grocery stores nearby. Each has their own in-house bakery.

The only local person I talked with that has his own machine said "Yeah I make good bread, but be prepared to pay the price."

I can buy a warm French Bagette in the late afternoon for 99 cents. I can buy almost any kind of bread for under $3.00.

Is a bread-baking machine a good option for me?
I've never figured out if there is a savings or not, but for me personally, there just is nothing like the smell of bread baking and the pride in feeding my kids bread I baked for them, even though I eat most of the bread.

I do both, bread machine and stand mixer/oven bread. I also buy the bagged bread on the shelf. There's just no comparison. Home baked tastes better.

As far as the bakery bread, my grocery store sucks, and I really don't know if it's any cheaper or not. I'm tickled to be able to do it at home, and with the bread machine, it's so easy too.

For me, I can never wait until it cools completely. Warm, home baked bread just can't be beat. If you're happy with what you get, the old adage applies, 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. lol I recommend baking your own bread to everyone. A bread machine just does the work for you.
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Old 07-06-2008, 01:40 PM   #57
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As far as I can tell, there isn't a savings baking your own bread unless you have a really big family and buy in bulk. Even then, probably not much better than breaking even. But with gas prices rising, that may change a little. For me, the offset is that it smells and tastes heavenly and it's more convenient. I don't run out of bread because I can make some more in no time.
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Old 07-06-2008, 01:49 PM   #58
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It would surprise me if baking one's own bread was cheaper than buying. I bake for several reasons:

. Satisfaction at making something that pleases my taste.
. Aroma, Yup! the house smells great.
. Pride that others seem to like the fruit of my labor.
. I can pronounce every one of the ingredients, and I know they are fresh.
. I feel that it is a better quality product than what is available in stores.

Bread machine - I have three, one at the end of either of my arms, these are the primary machines and the only ones currently in use. The third machine we just found this weekend while cleaning out the basement. I ken we had one, I just did not know where it was. I'm not a bread snob. I currently do not have the necessary ingredients to use the machine. My Yeast is not instant yeast and I think I need to get a bag of gluten from somewhere. I will attend to this and try it again. Since I am a better cook than I was when we bought this thing, I am somewhat intrigued by the dough only cycle.

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Old 07-06-2008, 10:07 PM   #59
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I buy Red Star yeast in 2# bags and freeze it, King Arthur flour, store brand powdered milk, use buttermilk if I have it, and the only time I have had failures is when I forgot to put the paddle in the machine. As for cost, a pound loaf costs around 50 cents, and around 3 minutes of time, including clean up. I wouldn't know where to find gluten, and never check whether my yeast is instant or not.
A quick and easy white loaf. 1 tsp each yeast and salt, 1 tbs powdered milk, 2 tbs sugar, about 1/2 inch of a cube of butter, 2 1/3 cups flour, 1 cup water, add in any order in the machine. Start dough cycle. Around 2.5 hours in my machine, or leave it overnight for morning baking.
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Old 07-06-2008, 10:16 PM   #60
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just fyi... I found vital wheat gluten in my local grocery store (Redners) and the local natural foods mart (David's Natural Foods).

I was kind of surprised to find it in the grocery store. I'm not certain, but I may have even seen it in the SuperFresh.

The natural food place is just one of those places that sells things like gluten free everything (ironic actually.. lol) and organic stuff galore.

The bread machine cookbook I use says it's good to use, but not a requirement. (I do religiously).
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