How to Use a Bread Maker

You may know how to bake bread, but do you know how to use a bread maker? To some, the idea sounds very strange. In fact, in today's digital age, some people feel intimidated by the thought of using a machine to bake bread. They think that it might just be another piece of complex technology, but they could not be more wrong.

Bread Makers Make Baking Bread Easy

When the first domestic bread maker appeared in 1986 in Japan, the idea seemed extremely unusual. Then, most people either bought their daily loaf in the supermarket or they baked it at home. This involved a long process of mixing the various ingredients together, kneading the dough, waiting for it to rise, shaping it, and baking it in the oven.

Maybe you would use a  mixer, or maybe you would do the whole process by hand. Either way, baking bread was time consuming and messy.

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Bread Makers Have Revolutionized Baking Bread

Since Panasonic put the first domestic bread maker on the market, the modern kitchen has never looked back. Making bread has never been so easy. Many owners of bread makers will tell you that it has transformed their lives (and their meals).

How Do You Use Your Bread Maker?

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Steps for Baking Bread In Your Bread Maker

1. Check your recipe and make sure that it is suitable for your bread maker.

  • Are the quantities involved correct for your bread maker's capacity?
  • Will the bread bucket hold the amounts of water specified in the recipe?

You can always measure it out to see. Look at the settings on your machine. Many bread makers have settings for different types of bread – French, white, whole wheat, etc. Check to see that there is the correct setting for the recipe you are using.

2. Once you have gathered your ingredients, add them to the bread maker in the correct order.

It's important to stick to the order, because the ingredients need to stay inert until the bread maker activates them. This is less important if you are making the dough right away, but changing the order if you intend to use the delay cycle could seriously ruin the finished product.

The order of ingredients is usually:
  • Liquids
  • Flour
  • Dry Ingredients
  • Yeast

Ideally, the yeast should be placed inside a depression in the flour so that it doesn't come into contact with the water till the machine is activated. If this does happen before, the yeast will work prematurely and you could just end up with a very messy bread maker!

  • Select the appropriate setting for the kind of bread you want to make.
  • Set the time.
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    Sit down with a cup of coffee and your favorite book. You have time – your bread is being made and there's nothing left to do until the bread maker has finished.

Voila – you have a delicious loaf of bread that you can share with your family.

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