Can we talk breadmakers?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by bkreugar, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. bkreugar

    bkreugar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2008
    Asheboro NC
    About10-12 years ago I asked and got a breadmaker fro Christmas.I was NOT impressed and ended up returning it bfore 30 days. All this time when I wanted to make home made bread I have an "easy recipe that takes like 2 hours from start to finish.

    But I read all you guys making your own bread and I wonder of maybe the breadmakers are better now. And if you have to get and expensive mix for the breadmaker than it defeats the purpose of being cheaper than store bread.

    SO anyone have and love a bread machine and how old is it.How much do you need to spend? The one I had was about 100.00

  2. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Sorry, cant answer your question but give you my opinion. I have a bread maker but I don't like the square shape as the finished product. Good recipes in the book though. I want a loaf shape. Since discovering "Gumps bread", who needs a bread maker anyway?[​IMG]
  3. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    I got a breadmaker last year, and it was okay. Im much happier with my Kitchaid mixer with the dough hook. Much more versatile, I can make regular loaves or rolls. The breadmaker broke, and I didnt replace it.
  4. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    I bought the panasonic yd-250 and have never had a failed loaf, family loves the basic sandwich bread recipe, it was around 100.00 on sale. It is an upright loaf but I just use my electric knife that only used to get used on Thanksgiving and it slices it perfect. The king of breadmakers is supposed to be the zojirushi breadmaker supreme which is nice because it makes a regular shaped loaf. Although the reviews are hit and miss on that one, I think it depends on recipe. I always go to amazon and read all reviews on potential products but still shop around for a better price. I would buy the panasonic again, I have had over a year now with no problems. JMHO
  5. GrayDragon

    GrayDragon Chillaxin

    Sep 2, 2009
    I mostly just use my breadmaker as a bread mixing machine via the dough cycle, then take it out and form the loaves or rolls by hand. It is a big time saver that way, I toss the ingredients in and let it mix while I do other things in the kitchen.

    My old one cooked a lot better, but when the paddle on the inside broke it was going to cost more to order just that part than I paid for the machine in the first place.
  6. neferset

    neferset Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    Both of my bread makers came from thrift shops and were priced at about $10. People get them as gifts and donate them when they realize they have never used them. I'd love to find one with a dough setting that cheap and am waiting to pounce on it. For now, I have my Welbilt. I gave my other Welbilt to my mother. There are free recipes for bread machine all over the internet but I have a few I made up and use. Unfortunately I didn't print them out for use so I haven't been able to make bread since my laptop broke, though. lol The only time I ever used mixes was when I got a good closeout deal on boxes of Krusteaz Hawaiian Bread. I didn't find it anywhere near as good as the recipe I found online.

    The breads I found that come out the best actually have a lot of liquid in the recipes. Make sure all the flour you use is sifted or at least fluffed (to fluff, I put 1/4 to 1/2 cup less than I need into a measuring cup and beat with a fork until it reaches the desired volume). Buy your yeast in blocks or jars for the price break. The packets are too expensive these days and really don't need to be.

    I also need to revive my sour dough starter if I still can. Or take it out and start over. Sour dough you can't really make in the bread machine unless you can set the rise time for an excessively long period.
  7. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    I got rid of my breadmaker and am using my KitchenAid and making Gump Bread .

    Easy Peasy and good, too!
  8. neferset

    neferset Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    I have an old Kitchen Center with a mixer and bread hook. I've had a horrible time keeping the dough from climbing the hooks though. I gave up and went with either hand kneaded sour dough or the bread machine. Is there a way to keep the bread from climbing? It doesn't seem to stop unless it's nearly pancake batter.
  9. bkreugar

    bkreugar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2008
    Asheboro NC
    Well I have no kitchenaid mixer with doughhook. DH has mentioned buying me one but I get sticker shock.Dh is convinced you can not buy a good one for just 199.99 I see kitchenaid advertised for.

    But I make about 20 kinds of cookies for Christmas so it would be handy for that. Is it possiblt to get a good mixer fo that 200.00 pirce?

    In fact making dough is on my list for today.

    Just finished the weekly ironing and cleaning the bathrooms.

    Got to finish the laundry and do a load of dishes.

    SO can you then get a good/great mixer for around 200.00?
  10. bonnylass79

    bonnylass79 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2009
    Central Florida
    Quote:I second that. I had a breadmaker, but never used it. However, you don't have to buy an expensive mix for the bread maker. Any yeast bread recipe I've seen will work in a bread maker.

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