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Bring Out the Bread Machine

Bring Out the Bread Machine

 

Cold winter days are slightly better when you can open the door to your home and smell freshly baked bread.   Bread machines make that possibility a reality.  IF your bread machine is stored away and has not been used for some time, this might be a good opportunity to remember all the positives of using a bread machine.

So what are the advantages of owning a bread making machine?

  • Fresh bread can make a meal and is a delicious addition to lazy weekend breakfasts.
  • Using the dough setting, you can make dough for amazing home-made pizzas.
  • Less hands-on time for those wishing to skip the kneading process.
  • Most bread makers have a jam making setting. What could be easier? Just add fruit and sugar and go about your day as usual.
  • You can pop a cake mix in your bread maker and you will have a perfectly baked cake when you return from your day out.
  • You can make sweet bread, such as holiday bread by adding fruit and extra sugar, this makes an ideal gift.
  • Easy cleanup – all ingredients in one pan.
  • If your house in on the market, you are bound to sell it with the smell of bread in the background.
  • You can make gluten and dairy free bread for those with intolerances and allergies.
  • It is not necessary to let bread bake in the bread maker. Many use it to do the hard work of preparing the dough, then bake the bread in different ways.

    Bread makers aren't just for making the humble loaf. Scones, cakes, pizza bases and can all be started in a bread maker and finished off in the oven.  Following is a great recipe for Raisin Bread to expand your repertoire:

     

              Raisin Bread

     

    1 C. milk, room temperature

    3 T. butter, softened

    1 egg

    ¼ C. brown sugar

    ½ tsp. salt

    1 tsp. cinnamon

    3 C. bread flour

    1 package rapid rise yeast

    ¾ C. raisins

              Add all ingredients, except raisins, to the brad maker pan in the order listed. Set bread maker to regular setting start.  Add raisins after first mixing is complete. Finish according to your bread maker instructions.

     

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