Friday, October 31, 2008

Do You Love Your Bread Maker?

In order to avoid the craziness in town today, I am going to delay our trip into town to go to the market. Not usually a big deal to delay the trip by a couple of days, but today we are out of two things...milk and bread. I can easily mix up a quart of powdered milk so that takes care of the milk shortage. But kneading a loaf of bread by hand was not on my list of things to do this morning. I've been thinking about buying a bread machine so I thought I'd see if anyone can offer any help in the matter. If you have or have had a bread maker I have a few questions for you....
What type of machine do you have and what do you LOVE about it? Do you use it? If it died tomorrow would you replace it? If you had a bread machine and hated it, never used it or gave it away, I'd love to hear from you as well.
The children made a trip over to visit their new puppy last night. The breeder would like to keep the puppies together as a litter for another week before letting them go to their new homes. They have chosen the name "Molly" and wanted to try it out. The big dog is Molly's mother. She absolutely dwarfs my eight year old who is sitting next to her.

17 comments:

Linda said...

I can't comment on the bread machines as I've only owned on in Australia, but I just wanted to say WOW on the size of that dog. It looks like a minature horse.

Nadine said...

THAT's an interesting question, indeed ! ;>) I still haven't got any bread machine, but I was thinking of buying one by next January, during the sales.
Can't wait reading the answers you'll get...

Molly is sooo cute :>)).... to think she'll grow as big as her mother, WOW WOW !

Have a nice evening out all together, dear !

XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO
NADINE
(who had a veeeeery special quilty lightbulb this afternoon, HeeHee...)

Carol said...

I can't help with the bread maker question but I can say that Molly is a wonderful name. Oh her mama is beautiful! She's a sweetie. Can't wait for her to come home to your house.

Jean said...

Yes I have two. I know excessive but I only bought one and when we had to sell my parents house I took Mom's also so I have a spare in case I need to make more than one loaf or my other one breaks. Be prepared is my motto. I use the Oster most of time because the other one is in the shed with the other had to have but maybe I didn't need but what if I do stuff. I do like them one makes loaves horizontally and the other vertical. One has the jam setting haven't tried it but I do like the dough setting makes great dough for rolls or pizza. I really can't imagine having to go back to the kneading by hand. Love Molly we have goldens plus a black lab /german shepherd. This week we also have our grandpups since the kids all went on vacation.(5 all together What fun. Jean

silversewer said...

I have a breadmaking machine and would not be without it, if it went phut I would be out to the shop for another before the smoke cleared!!!!

I use it to make all different types of bread, as well as dough for pizza and donuts.

I bought a Panasonic some years ago and it has been brilliant, never had a bad loaf out of it and it does not use huge amounts of yeast as some of them do.

I can set it to make a loaf in 3 hours, go out and and be sure that the bread will be ready when I get back, or I can set the timer so the bread is cooked when I get up in the morning and the house is filled with the wonderful smell of baking bread.

It also means that I can get on with something else whilst the bread machine does its own thing.

I hope this helps...........

Catherine said...

I don't have a bread-making machine, so have nothing to offer on that score but I'm curious about them.
However, I cannot get over the size of that dog!! Wow! That little puppy in your children's arms is going to get that big! Amazing.

JoAnna said...

I have a machine - it is older and I don't like the shape of the loaves. I used to use it just to knead the bread and then shape it by hand and bake it in the regular oven. Now I just use the Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook (which I love) and hand shape the bread. The bread machine lives in the garage and will probably be given to the thrift store (where you can find many bread machines!).

Winona said...

I have 2 bread machines and absolutely love them. The kids gave me one several years ago. I just bought the second one a few weeks ago. I make all our bread, rolls, pizza dough, etc. I make 2 loaves of bread at a time. When it is cool, my dh slices them on our slicer and I put the slices in bags in the freezer. The 2 loaves last about a week, depending on how many sandwiches for meals we have. I would definitely buy another if either of these quit. They are both Sunbeam brand, bought at Wal-Mart. The little thing that holds the kneader in the center of the oldest one, comes out sometimes. Since I know this, I keep my finger under the pan on it until I put the pan in the machine. Hope that made sense. LOL It works for me. As I said, I love mine.
Wow, Molly is going to be huge. Great picture.
Winona

Leslie said...

Bread machines in my area have come and gone for the most part. I see several at the annual church garage sale and/or at the local thrift. I've thought off and on about getting one, but people I've talked to said they did it for a little while, then it fell to the wayside. Or they *complained* they had to stop using the bread machine because the bread was so good they'd eat the whole loaf in a day. (!) I've heard comments of that type more than once. So I guess it's a life style thing. I liked what Winona said about slicing the loaves and freezing them. Smart!

Carolien said...

I do use my bread machine every day! We use one bread every day (5 persons) and I put it on when we go to bed and then we have a fresh loaf of bread in the morning. We have a Kenwood.

Good luck! Hugs, Carolien

Terri S said...

I gave my breadmaker away because I didn't like doing only one loaf at a time. I didn't want to be baking bread every day, so I bought a KitchenAid stand mixer instead, and I bake 4 loaves of bread once a week. The mixer does the kneading, and I just hand shape the loaves, let them rise, and bake. I freeze three loaves and use them through the week and they generally last until I bake bread again.

Karen Dianne Lee said...

I'm don't know 'bout bread but I'm excited about the puppy!!!

sewstylish said...

I used to think I loved my bread machine but lately have been doing it the old fashioned way. I personally think it comes out much better. I do cheat a little by mixing it in my kitchen aid mixer the first time around. After it has risen for about an hour I than do it by hand. It is much easier than I had thought so maybe try this before you purchase a bread machine. Hope this helps good luck.

Lily Boot said...

Dear Christine - I did have a breadmaker - a Sunbeam (which you may not have in the US anyway!) - and it did a perfectly adequate job - except it left a big hole in the bottom of the bread from the kneading contraption and it made a very tall but short loaf of bread (hope that makes sense!). But I gave it away because I didn't like the fact that it consumed energy for three and a half hours - made me feel frivolous and wasteful when people have managed to make bread without electricity for thousands of years. But I'm hopeless at kneading - so I use my KitchenAid mixer with the dough hook and I find this does a lovely job - I let it mix for quite a while - 10 minutes - and then put it to rise in the sun for the first rise, and then sit it on top of the oven which is heating for the second short rise. I spray it with a bit of water before putting it in the oven and the bread turns out beautifully. I love making bread but I fully appreciate your predicament - I'm just organised or routine-like enough to have it happen automatically. Good luck with your pondering! lily p.s. that dog is HUGE!! And the puppy is just lovely. :-)

Helen said...

Yes, I own a Bread Machine. I use it a couple of times per week. I make all of our own bread, haven't bought a loaf in the store in awhile. If it died today, yes I would buy another one. If I have time, I use the dough cycle and then use my own bread pan and bake in the oven. If I am feeling like I don't have alot of time, I just let it bake in the machine, not as pretty a loaf, but it works.
Molly is GREAT name for the puppy...of course, I am partial, I have a 3 year old Golden Retreiver named Molly. :)

Cathie in UT said...

love my breadmachine that I bought from Wally world. Yes it has the bad thing about the hole in the bottom and the uncoventional shape from store bought or hand done...however
I paid about $40 compared to $300- $400 for a Kitchen Aid mixer and I too love waking up to fresh bread for DH in the morning.
Good luck with your decision making

Roberta said...

I love my bread machine. I have owned 3 and I really don't see any difference in them. The only feature I would recommend is that it makes a 2 lb. loaf. The lower end machines only make a 1.5 lb. loaf or smaller.
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