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Where to get Bread Machine Mixes? (LA)

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cigarslist

Where to get Bread Machine Mixes? (LA)

Hey everyone, 


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!

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Mini Oven

in a bread basket, wrapped up with celiophane with a big bow?  Check out the recipes that come with the machine so the first loaf can get going right away.  Might want to include a bread knife...


Mini

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swtgran

Cigarslist, beware of the recipes that came with Sunbeam machine.  Unless they have made some changes since I got mine, some of them are horrible.  If I remember correctly the salt amounts are way off. 


It is a great little bread maker.  If you use a recipe in the manual and it isn't good, don't assume it is the machine.  A great additional gift would be a good bread machine recipe book.  Terry

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amy bugbee

Bobs Red Mill is available in many grocery stores, and they have excellent mixes for the bread machine. Get them at safeway or any major grocer. Have fun, those things rule!


 


PS I usually make dough in the machine and still bake it in the oven, much better. And pizza crust YUM!

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ehanner

Cigarlists,
Here is a link to the mix section at King Arthur Flour on line store. They are by far and away the easiest source for many types of mixes. I suggest that you call them ad find out about a collection of bread types for your new machine. Each package comes with everything you need for the most part and every one I have tried worked perfectly. This is how I got started baking and trying breads I thought I could never make.


Good luck and I know he will appreciate the thoughtful gift.


Eric

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RFMonaco

See if you have a Sonomas or Whole Foods store in your area, they have a good variety.

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SylviaH

Mini Oven has a great idea...myself being a bread machine owner for many years would suggest that you get...a quality flour and items such as ...and don't buy bleached flours...buy unbleached for better breads in the machine, king arthur flour, bread, all purpose and "white wheat" are nice and easy to work with.. or gold medal bread flour, rapid rise yeast for bread machines/or a regular jar of dry yeast all can usually be found at your local grocer, better yet later on order some from the King Arthur site called instant dry yeast "be sure and keep your extra yeast refrigerated or in the freezer after opening", you get a lot more for your money...grocery store yeast is convenient but expensive, a good bread book such as Beth Hensperger's available at your local book store there are also a few other good ones....start with basic white bread flours or bread mixes...you can add some herbs, cinnamon and a bag of powdered sugar for cinnamon rolls...ect...to the basket.  My biggest suggestion for the most successful and nicest bread machine breads is to definately use your dough cycle and let the second rise and shaped breads...such as cinnamon rolls be done in a nice bread pan...also included in your gift basket...then bake it in your  oven.... that's about all I can think of for now....Bread machine's are great for beginning bread making!  


Sylvia 

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dollhead

Cigarslist- One of the classes I teach is breadmaking class for machine users.  All students used (my recipes and) active dry yeast for loaves.  We used machine for mixing only, then baked loaves in oven.  Even the Sunbeam machine users had 100% success using the Dough/Manual cycle, then baking in oven.    One of the issues I noted with students' Sunbeam machines though, is that they seemed to  underknead the dough.  (Or, perhaps they just don't knead as well on dough/manual cycle as opposed to a complete baking cycle-not sure about this).


One trick I taught students is how to give your dough more knead time.  One way is to just unplug machine so computer can reset itself, then restart the dough/manual cycle again-that way the dough (especially a heavier one like Whole Wheat or Rye) can get the knead time it needs (LOL) for proper gluten development.   Don't think badly of Sunbeam machines....Cuisinarts had some issues during class time too, but we worked around them.  One of the biggest challenges for a novice bread machine user (in my opinion anyway) is that every machine seems to have it's own peculiarities.  These peculiarities can also hinder success when using generic ABM recipes found in books and on the internet.  What works great in 1 machine may fail dismally in another machine unless you know all about how your machine works.  Once you learn about your particular machines' idiosyncrasies (along with practice among other things) you can find your way to successful loaves every time.  And swtgran is totally right about the recipe issue.  Some bread machine recipes are great and some really stink.


Too bad you didn't live on the East Coast-I'd invite you to class!