7 Pumpkin and Spice Ideas for Your Bread Machine Baking This Fall

Admit it. You love pumpkin. Every grocery store and coffee house in the US is stocked with pumpkin treats that set your mouth watering, but your pocketbook isn’t always in agreement with your cravings. The seven ideas on this list will help you get the most out of your love for baking, and the delicious […]

Caffeine and Fresh Baked Bread – A Perfect Combo?

Green coffee. Green tea. They sound like flavors that you’d find in a café, not a loaf of bread. Surprise! Both work well in many dishes, including baked goods. Green tea has floated in and out of pastry shops, bakeries, and cafes for years, but very rarely does it hit the bread pan – I’ve […]

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 […]

Bread machine cycles explained

Bread machines are great appliances for the home kitchen. The numerous cycles and settings can make baking fresh bread a treat instead of a chore. However, sometimes all the cycles can be confusing and it’s difficult to know which one to use for a particular recipe.  Or if you’re choosing a new bread machine, it’s […]

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 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 […]