Tea for two and small loaves best gear
As a novice baker I'm researching whether I ought to purchase a bread machine; Zo - mini; 1lb loaf capacity OR a bread mixer; Electrolux - Magic Mill DLX OR some top of the line variant mixer and if the latter which machine. Note: cost isn't a factor.
As a two person household I'm concerned that the DLX is overkill and might be difficult producing a very nice 1-1.5 loaf. I've come to enjoy a heartier bread and eventualy would like to become profiencent at making them. I realize the bread machine will only be able to knead the mix and I'll have to use my electric oven to bake should I care to go this route.
At some point I would also like to dabble in alternatives to wheat such as spelt. I don't know if the Zo bread machine would handle this as the smaller model doesn't allow to custom cycles.
My dear grandmother used to hand knead and I recall the wonderful feeling of working with dough - however, my kitchen is small and working dough by hand seems messy with more cleanup than a machine would spit. Further I'm thinking a machine would produce a higher quality dough, less mess, smaller footprint in which to work. Please tell me if my thinking is off with this.
Any suggestions on how I might proceed in my quest to produce scrumptious home baked breads and which mode and model to accomplish this.
TIA ~ jodo