[quote="Morwenna, post:1, topic:221293"]
OK, folks ... I'd love to hear all opinions (good, bad, and ugly, just as the title says) on bread machines.
*]Do they work well (or at least, turn out a halfway decent loaf of bread)? Or do you end up with half-burnt, half-soggy lumps of dough? :banghead:
*]Are they an absolute 'bear' to clean? :eek:
*]Are there certain brands/models that you'd recommend (or, that you'd recommend I stay away from? ;))
I was given a gift certificate at work and I'm thinking of using it to buy one of these ... if they're not more trouble than they're worth, which is my big worry. :hmmm:
Please share as much as you'd like ... I'm all ears! :D
Well, I had one years ago and tried this and that and always wound up having a great looking loaf on the outside.... but when you got to the middle of it... it was still a lump that looked more like play doh!
I had had it with the machine, that found a nice place to collect dust on a shelf in the garage until it was donated years later. I turned to making bread by hand. Yes... like the old fashioned way. Flour, yeast, salt, sugar and oil. I read and made so much of it my family couldn't keep up. I was making up my own recipes and slinging together all kind of soups to go along with them. Then it happened! I blew out my wrists from so much kneading. Well after a couple of months of "just store bread" I got the OK from my "banker" to buy a food processor. WOW! With the plastic dough blade you can knead a whole loaf of bread in 60 seconds!!!
Well.... long story short... I love making bread. You can't get that artisan look or crunchy crust with all the great airy holes throughout with a machine.
I'm glad mine didn't work out cause I would never have discovered that I have a talent for bread and I love making it for friends and family. (and I did get an 11 cup kitchen aid food processor out of it too :D)
If you have trouble making a loaf give me a PM and I'd be glad to help if I can.