Choosing the right Breadmaker can be a challenge!
Bread machines are one of the great advances in kitchen appliances. They are more versatile than their name implies and they come with a wide range of features and prices. So, how do you choose the best one for your circumstances?
Bread machines are fairly large and can represent a sizable dollar investment, as well, so it is worth taking the time to consider your options carefully. Bread Machine offers excellent info on this.
Here are some points to ponder:
What does a Breadmaker do:
A bread machine takes the ingredients put into it and mixes them, allows the dough to rise and then bakes it in under 3 hours or less! Depending on the type of bread you wish to make, making a fresh, piping hot loaf of bread may be as simple as adding the ingredients and pushing the *START* button.
One of the features available on some bread machine models is a *Delay Start* feature. You load the required ingredients, set the timer, and the bread machine will start the loaf, timing it to end when you want it… this means you can wake up to a hot loaf of bread in the AM or come home to one after a tedious day at work. What a luxury! It is important to keep in mind that perishable ingredients such as milk or eggs are not suitable for use with the delay start feature. You should choose your bread recipe accordingly.
What a Breadmaker doesn’t do:
A bread machine doesn’t remove the bread after baking. Some models of breadmaker have a keep warm or cool down feature. This keeps the hot loaf from getting soggy after baking is complete. Not all machines have this feature.
How does a Breadmaker work? A breadmaker is a large metal box that contains a pan or pans in the mixing/rising/baking compartment. In some models the pans are removable. In other models, they remain in the machine at all times.
There is a control panel on the outside of the machine where the different settings, baking times, and temperatures are implemented
Look for a control panel that is easy to read, use, and understand, in addition to being easy to clean and conveniently located. Often, just a few buttons are needed to set the cycle, crust color, delay start, and turn the machine on.
A common element of breadmakers is the stirring blade, or paddle, that comes up through the bottom of the pan. It must be removed after the baking process is complete. This paddle or blade will leave a distinctive hole in the bottom of the loaf.
The bread machine sets the correct temperature to raise the dough and then adjusts it to the proper temperature needed to bake the loaf. You, the operator, need to correctly measure the ingredients, add them to the bread pan in the proper order, select the appropriate baking cycle, and then remove the bread when it has been baked.