Here’s a sampling of some of the homemade bread and buns we have made over the past few years. Hubby is actually the main bread baker. I made a few loaves when we first got our breadmaker, but this seems to be his “thing”. He loves to experiment with different loaves – especially buns. I am certainly not complaining…
As you can see, we’ve tried quite a variety – white, whole wheat, cracked wheat, multigrain and light rye. We’ve made different breads with cheese, dried apples, apricots, cranberries and raisin cinnamon too! Some very tasty Oat and Honey, Ciabatta, English Muffin and Egg breads have made their may into our kitchen as well. We even use it to make pizza dough!
It all started about three years ago… I was getting really frustrated with rising bread costs at the grocery store. Hubby often likes to have toast as a midnight snack and we’d go through bread pretty quickly. I had never baked with yeast and was admittedly a bit intimidated to try, so I decided a breadmaker might be a good option.
My only experience with homemade bread was from an upright/vertical breadmaker and I always remember the tell-tale hole through the centre of the loaf. With that in mind, I had little criteria other than wanting one that could make a larger horizontal loaf. I did months of research, reading review after review. I finally decided to buy a Zojirushi breadmaker. At the time, it was almost impossible to find one in Canada (and when I did, the markup was outrageous). We didn’t live too far from the US border, so we decided to order it through Amazon and go pick it up in the US.
Now that we’ve had it for a few years now, I can honestly say “I LOVE it!“. Okay, well not in the sense where I’m hugging and kissing my breadmaker or anything. It’s just a great product. I am really happy my research and careful planning actually paid off on this purchase. It was worth the extra time and investment. It has certainly earned it’s keep. No matter how many times we move, it is one of the first things hubby makes sure comes with us.
If you’re curious, this is the model we have – Zojirushi BB-CEC20.
I have noticed on some forums that many people who make their own bread from scratch look down their noses a bit on people who use breadmakers. For us, it was a great compromise:
- It let us delve into the world of breadmaking (that was completely new to us) and achieve really good results.
- It is quick and easy to get a loaf of bread started (a couple of minutes), no matter how strapped for time you may be.
- The house smells amazing when the bread is cooking!
I know that last one is not really due to the breadmaker… but did I mention how wonderful baking bread smells?
Do you make your own bread? Do you have a breadmaker? Do you love the smell of fresh bread baking?