Let the Bread Machine Kneading Begin!


Loretta SorensenUntil recently, I never spent much time using or learning about a bread machine. In fact, for years, I didn't have one. The first one, a gift from my family, spent most of its time inside the cupboard. I wasn't at all impressed with it.

In recent years I attempted to regularly make homemade bread, but the results were inconsistent and even the best loaves were so-so. A few were light and airy, but most raised very little and had the texture of a brick.

Still, the desire to make my own bread waned but never disappeared, popping up on my radar again when I was working to keep processed and boxed food out of my cupboard.

This time, after hearing a friend talk about her bread machine experiences, I purchased a bread machine, in December, a time when weather conditions often kept me and my husband confined to our home. I had plenty of time to "play" with the machine.

If the only recipes you've ever tried in a bread machine are those that came with the machine, you're really missing out. I attempted several loaves with the "dump it all in" method, but results were disappointing.

After nearly a dozen tries, I came up with a method that allows you to quickly and easily mix, raise and bake bread dough, with consistently delicious results. I have not purchased bread since I bought the machine.

7/12/2018 9:45:36 AM

Loretta, thank you so much for sharing your bread making method. I used to bake bread several decades ago when I was much younger. There were no bread machines back then and baking bread for me took the better part of five hours. It was all worth it though. I had to bake five loaves at a time because two just disappeared immediately out of the oven. Waiting five minutes was not on the minds of my kids on baking day. There's no cutting fresh out of the oven bread so chunks were torn off the loaf and butter was allowed to ooze down into the crevasses before gobbling down the still hot chunks of bread. I too tried a bread machine without satisfying results but never thought to mix the new technology with the old ways. Thank you for inspiring me to possibly let the machine do the mixing and kneading and me to do the old fashioned baking. ***** Have a great baking bread day. ***** Nebraska Dave

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