Comfort Foods: Why Bread is a Go-to in Winter

When bad weather rolls in and the threat of being snowed in looms, the French Toast Weather Alert kicks into operation. Although it’s a humorous site, it does remind me of one thing about bad weather – the products people buy most often when they could be snowed in are bread, milk, and toilet paper. […]

Going Primal: Sprouted grain flours in the bread machine

Primal and Paleo diets are popular right now, but cut out the grain to a large extent. If you’re a bread lover like me, the end of grains in your diet is a scary thought. Enter the rise of sprouted grain flours. In this article, we’ll take a look at what they are and if […]

Getting back on the bread making bandwagon! And the best place to buy replacement paddles for your bread machine

I’m going to admit that I’ve been a bit sidetracked recently by the fact that my trusty Zojirushi has been producing lopsided loaves of bread (see the photo here).  The very helpful folks at customer support provided a lot of great information including steps I can take to identify the problem, which is most likely […]

Bread Machine Troubleshooting Guide

A Handy Bread Machine Troubleshooting Guide Fresh bread…yummmm! Nothing beats it. When you’ve had a long day, and you get home to your bread machine, which was set to reliably cook up a wonderful loaf in your absence, sometimes the anticipation gets the best of you. You look into the bread pan, ready for the […]

High altitude bread machine baking

Anyone who lives 3,000 feet above sea level knows how challenging it can sometimes be to modify recipes for high altitude. Some commercial recipes come prepared for the high-altitude baker, with instructions on how to modify the preparation. Aunt Suzy’s fabulous French bread doesn’t though. Neither do most bread machine recipes that you will find […]

Bread machines are for more than just bread

Not for Bread Alone – Great Ideas for Other Things You Can Make in Your Bread Machine Bread machines are much more versatile than most people realize.  Some people are hesitant to buy a bread machine because they don’t want to take up so much space in their kitchen for a single use appliance.  But […]

Bread making supplies

Bread Making Supplies for the Perfect Loaf Every Time In addition to a well-stocked pantry, every home baker needs a few bread making supplies. Your needs will vary based on how you bake your bread, though. I’ve divided the tools that will come in handy by type. One set is for home bakers who do […]

Bread improvers

Is There Such a Thing as a Bread Improver? Beginning bakers, welcome! In answer to this popular question, I have to tell you – there are many bread improvers that home cooks can use. The best part is that they don’t require any extra investment. You’ve probably already got them in your pantry or fridge! […]

Weights for common bread machine ingredients

For the best possible results with your automated bread machine, it is best to weigh your ingredients instead of measuring them out.  This ensures much greater accuracy than using either dry or liquid measuring cups and spoons.  Even if you just do this for your flour, it will make a difference in the consistency and […]

How to keep your bread fresh longer

How to keep your bread fresh longer Even though making bread with a bread machine is a quick and easy task, once you’ve gone to the trouble to make bread, you will want to keep it fresh for as long as possible.  Here are some tips to help. Don’t slice your bread until you are […]