Recently we bought a bread machine and started baking our own breads. The process is very simple once you have all the ingredients. Most of the items are available at your normal grocery store although, some ingredients are much cheaper to buy online. Here is how I did it.
|Home made bread "Tim Bondy Writes" style|
The Bread Machine - Hamilton Beach Bread Machine - Model Number 29882
The Hamilton Beach Bread Machine makes baking your own bread simple. You dump the ingredients into the baking pan in a certain order, push a few buttons and three hours later you have a nice loaf of bread. No fuss and very little clean up either.
Step 1 - Decide To Make Whole Wheat Bread
My decision was to make whole wheat bread so I (actually, my wife) searched the internet and found a suitable bread machine recipe. The criteria was "just a simple recipe." In the learning phases of bread machining, simple is always better.
|Bread ingredients lined up in the order they will be put into the bread pan.|
Step 2 - The Ingredients
Line up the ingredients on the counter:
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Olive oil may work too.
- 1 1/4 cups of room temperature water
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup sunflower, sesame or flax seeds for more texture/flavor
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of bread machine yeast
|All the utensils I needed for making bread|
Step 3 - Directions for a bread machine like the Hamilton Beach 29882
- Put all of the ingredients into the bread pan in the order listed above.
- Put "filled with ingredients" bread pan into the machine and close the lid.
- Program your machine for whole grain bread.
- Program your machine for the type of crust you might like. My machine doesn't give me a choice when using the whole grain setting.
- Program your machine for a 1.5 pound loaf.
- Push the start button.
- After about 15 minutes, the machine will knead the bread into a ball of dough. I suggest raising the lid and making sure the dough isn't too watery or too dry. You'll learn as you gain experience.
- When the machine indicated the bread is baked, remove it from the machine.
- Turn the bread pan over and remove the cooked loaf onto a plate or cooling rack.
- Important: let it cool or you'll burn your tongue if eating immediately after cooking. See, experience is critical.
|Bread pan filled and ready to place into the bread machine|
I've made five loaves of bread in the Hamilton Beach bread machine. The process is simple and the bread is very good. Because the town of Mountain Home, Idaho doesn't have a good bakery, making my own is a great option. Even if there was a bakery in town that I liked, I wonder if I'd even buy from them.
Cons: None that I've found.
Other notes: The bread machine is too new to say it's a good piece of equipment. Right now I'd rate it a five-star product but I have to wait to see how the 29882 model holds up under weekly use.
Rating: Too soon to say 👉
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Originally published on April 18, 2017.
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