I have had the same breadmaker for 5 years. It was my mom's before that so I don't know how old it is. I discovered that if I go against the advice of the breadmaker handbook (add ingredients in order suggested which is wet, then dry, then form a well and put yeast in it) Instead I add warm fluid, yeast, sugar and wait 10 min then add the ingredients on top of that, I get a much lighter loaf.
I have just purchased a West Bend High-Rise Horizontal breadmaker through Amazon. I bought it because of the many good reviews. A few of the reviews said that one should run the breadmaker through a whole cycle while the pan is empty, prior to baking any bread! Has anyone heard of this practice? It is not mentioned in the manual.
I've been using my Breadman Ultimate for a number of months to make almost all my bread. I am now experimenting with sourdough. It doesn't really rise fast enough for the breadmaker, so I have tried adding extra yeast, but that's a bit hit & miss - I had one loaf that sank, and I think it must have risen too much.
So I am now experimenting with overnight fermentation. I had quite a successful first attempt. The Breadman won't allow you to program any phase for more than 100 minutes, so I did the following:
First time in this forum...pretty excited :)
I got my boyfriend the a breadmaker (Sunbeam 5891, 2-pound capacity) for Christmas as well as a recipe book, but I'm thinking of including a couple bags of bread mixes so he can make them right away.
Does anyone know where I can buy some good bread mixes in the Los Angeles area? Any recommendations on which kind to get?
Thanks for all your suggestions and help!