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Windows 7: Bread Machine

07 Dec 2011   #21
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

not sure about the weight but it produced a loaf about 8 inches long approx 14 slices ,(seven sandwiches when when ten are required)., also for the amount of time to make several loaves to have bread for the next day for sandwiches for lunches, is a little too much also couple that with actually rushing about sorting kids out for school in the morning and do school runs,packed lunch making etc,
i think breadmakers are more suited to childless couples ,retired couples or single people. or well organized yummy mummys , which i am not, im more a baddy daddy
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07 Dec 2011   #22
Joan Archer

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 10 64bit
 
 

I have to agree with you Julian, I have one, but it isn't used now probably for the same reasons you gave. It doesn't make very big loaves at all, plus it puts a hole in the bottom, well mine did. OK the taste was good but what with all the measuring and the cost of ingredients and electric it wasn't worth the hassle.
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07 Dec 2011   #23
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

boohbah,

I admit that it would take some thought to make it fit into a busy schedule, but my machine does have a 12 hour delayed start timer. The measuring of ingredients is not really all that time consuming though.

Joan Archer,

The cost of ingredients is not all that much, unless you get into more exotic bread types. For me, electricity is of no consequence, since I live bills paid, but even if I didn't it wouldn't effect my preference.
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10 Dec 2011   #24
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I've only made a couple of loaves of white bread so far, and while I'm pretty pleased with the outcome, there is one aspect that I would like to improve...moistness. Both loaves were almost identical despite the fact that I had left out a cup of flour in the first one, leaving the dough pretty wet and sticky. However it still came out with the same taste and texture of the second, with the right proportions for a somewhat larger loaf and set for a lighter crust.

I've been thinking that there must be an ingredient that I could add to control the moisture, but considering the experience that I described so far, it doesn't seem that the amount of water is the one to change. Does anyone know what is?
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10 Dec 2011   #25
Joan Archer

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 10 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post

Joan Archer,

The cost of ingredients is not all that much, unless you get into more exotic bread types. For me, electricity is of no consequence, since I live bills paid, but even if I didn't it wouldn't effect my preference.
I wish that was true here but the cost of electricity is not cheap especially when on a meter
I saw your question about moisture and sorry can't help there maybe someone else will have some idea. Glad you are enjoying your bread though.
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10 Dec 2011   #26
A Guy

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10 Dec 2011   #27
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Thanks for the link. I'm going to have to sift through that thread, because even though it mentions moistness at the start, just about all of the response speaks of softness instead. Actually, I very much like the coarser, chewier texture of the loaves that I have made, but they are slightly too dry. If I can get coarseness, chewiness and moistness together, then I would have the perfect loaf for my taste.

Even as it is, if I slather the top with Nutella, it taste better to me than cake.
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11 Dec 2011   #28
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I was going back through the list of various ingredients in the machine's recipe book, and found mentioned that lecithin is supposed to help maintain freshness and moisture of bread. Somewhere I think that I also read that most any kind of oil or fat, like butter, vegetable or olive oil are supposed to have similar effects. But since lecithin is also good for brain function, I'm going to try that...if I can find it at Walmart. Got a feeling that it might be in the vitamins section of the store.
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11 Dec 2011   #29
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I used to work at a factory that made various toppings, like for ice cream. Fudge, marshmallow, etc. They had huge barrels of lecithin, it was sloppy nasty stuff. Not sure where you get it at retail for home use. Have a look at this link for some info:

Bread Machine Digest » Dough Enhancer’s: And How-To Use Them

A Guy
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11 Dec 2011   #30
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Thanks, that looks like a handy page, so I've book marked it.
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