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Bread machines make it possible for anyone to put a fresh loaf of homemade bread on the table. Not only does this ensure the freshest bread possible, it also makes it possible for you to know exactly what ingredients are in your food. Tired of not finding a “special” bread such as gluten-free bread? Many modern bread machines let you use your choice of ingredients including flour such as gluten-free. With a bread machine in your kitchen you can make bread anytime, and with some machines you can even schedule it with a timer.
There are a variety of options from which to choose in bread makers, so you may first want to consider how much space you have to store your new machine. Bread makers come in a variety of sizes, so choose one that you can store easily. You should choose the capacity of the bread maker based upon how big your family is and how much bread they eat. You can choose a bread maker with a delay timer which will allow you to place the mix in the bread maker before you leave home each day and the bread will be ready when you return. If you want your bread maker to prepare the dough but not cook it, you will need to find a bread maker with this feature. Choose a bread maker that will alert you when it is time to add additional ingredients such as fruit or nuts. You will also want a “keep warm” feature in case you are gone when the bread is finished. Look for crust control features and special setting for fruits, nuts, cheese, and vegetables.
Some bread makers will have a preheat cycle to heat the ingredients before baking. If you want your bread to rise properly, choose a bread maker that does not heat before time to bake the bread. Bread makers will generally have separate settings for different types of bread. There may be settings for wheat or French bread, and you will be able to choose the doneness of the bread such as a light, medium, or dark setting. There will also normally be a regular or rapid bake cycle. It is desirable to have a window in the top or side of the bread machine to allow you to see the progress of your bread while it is baking.
You can make a variety of shapes and sizes of loaf with a bread machine. Some people use a bread machine to simply mix the ingredients then bake the loaf in a traditional oven. Sizes range from one pound to two pounds or more, and you will most likely choose between a square or round loaf pan. Choose a slightly larger size that you anticipate needing.
A bread maker is a wonderful addition to your home. Nothing compares to the smell of freshly baked bread from your very own kitchen.