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									Bread Machines - How to Choose the Right One for Yourself!

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.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 implementedLook
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.Bread Machine Loaf Shapes The shape of
breadmaker loaves varies according to the design of the machine and the
pan shape. They range from tall cylindrical loaves to more traditional
shapes and can also be round, square, or rectangular. Loaf sizes vary
according the breadmaker's capacity.Bread machine capacity is classified
by the size of the loaf: 1, 1.5, 2, or even 3 pound loaves. While the
weight will vary according to the type of bread and the ingredients used,
the machine's capacity refers to the weight of the baked
loaf/loaves.Large loaves may use as much as four cups of flour, depending
on the type of bread. The smaller loaves may require only about two cups
of flour.Breadmaker Convenience Factors: A removable bread pan makes
clean up MUCH easier. Being able to remove the bread pan reduces the
amount of crumbs and flour that fall into the machine. It also makes it
easier to clean out the small amounts which do fall in.Some breadmakers
have a slide out tray at the bottom of the unit.With all breadmakers, it
is important to remember to place the stirring paddle into the pan BEFORE
adding the ingredients. If you forget to do this, you'll have to dump
them and start over. (Believe me, you'll be an unhappy camper when you
forget to do this!)One of the most important factors in successful
machine baking is adding the ingredients into the pan in the proper
order. Each bread maker is slightly different and its manual should
provide the necessary information.Bread Machine Baking Cycles: The
available Baking Cycle options are important issues when choosing a
machine. Depending on the type of bread being made, the rising time,
temperature, and baking time will vary.Because of this, check to make
sure that the bread machine you are considering has the correct baking
cycles for the types of bread you want to bake. You won't be able to bake
that type of bread successfully, if your machine doesn't have the right
cycle.Here are some of the Baking Cycle options which may be available:

Basic - appropriate for most white or rye breads

Rapid rise - appropriate for rapid rise yeasts

100 percent whole wheat - necessary for whole grain flours which require
a longer knead cycle

Crisp or Italian or French - results in a crisp crust and light texture
[This is my personal favorite!]

Variety or sweet bread - a beep or signal will indicate the appropriate
time to add fruits, nuts, cheese, etc.

Dough - prepares the dough for hand shaping and baking in an oven

Quick bread - for non-yeast recipes

Cake and jam - for making cakes and jamSome machines offer a self-
programming feature. This allows you to adjust the machine and adapt
recipes not developed for bread machines.Additional Materials for
Breadmakers: Every bread machine will have a manual specific to that
machine and its requirements. They usually include recipes for basic
bread types. Take the time to read the manual first, and then keep it
nearby so that you can refer to it as needed. If you can look over the
manual before purchasing, all the better!Check out the recipes provided
in the manual for a good overview of the types of breads that specific
model can make. It is a good idea to begin with the recipes provided for
your machine before moving on to other recipes and cookbooks.

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