For Christmas I was lucky enough to receive a bread maker, another one of those kitchen gadgets that you think you want and then you get and use twice before it goes back into a box in the cupboard and starts to gather dust…
How wrong, am I?! I love my bread maker, yes it means I have shed loads of bread all the time (which isn’t so good when you are trying to avoid anything that bloats) but it also means I can be the perfect host, serving warm bread with soup for lunch, or giving overnight guests that wonderful sensation of waking up to the smell of freshly baking bread!
To be fair, the recipe book that comes with the breadmaker (I have a Russell Hobbs compact machine – if you ask, the size and make of machine creates lots of controversy amongst bread maker officianado’s!) is a little limiting – focusing mainly on different ‘plain’ breads, and if you just used that then I can understand why you might get bored, so I purchased a cook book to help me on my way… Bread Machine Easy – does what it says on the tins, provides lots of easy bread machine recipes!
So far I have made: basic French bread (light dough with a crispy crust) albeit in a loaf, wholemeal, sundried tomato and chilli and my recent favourite, spiced fruit bread (like hot cross buns but in a loaf). All really simple recipes which have produced great loaves of bread (all completely down to the machine as I have little involvement other than ensuring I weigh it all properly!)
I love my bread machine, and would wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone who will listen!
If you are thinking about getting one, the only thing I would say is make sure you get one with a timer so you can wake up to the amazing smell of baking bread!