Gosh I made a lot of bread with that little breadmaker. I really did get my $5 worth out it!! Sadly my first breadmaker has long since died (I did finally replace it!) but it started something in me that has really stuck.
You see, once you start having home baked bread, it's a little bit addictive and hard to give up. A crispy crust straight out of the oven with a smear of butter and vegemite? Food of the gods I tell you. Heavenly!
Really the time it takes me is minimal. I have a few failsafe recipes I've worked out so just chuck all the ingredients in the breadmaker, set it to dough and it mixes and proves it perfectly for me. When it beeps, I roll it out/shape it how I like, leave it covered on the verandah (or by the fire in wintertime) to rise once again then chuck it in a hot oven until it's golden and crispy.
I usually do it while multitasking something else like making dinner, hanging out washing, folding up, feeding children, cleaning or whatever else I'm doing at the time!
If I'm really pressed for time I'll cook the loaf straight in the bread maker. It's still delicious but not quite as good as done the other way.
My staple loaf is a multigrain sandwich loaf. I love to mix the grains myself and experiment with different seeds and flours. One day it might be covered in sunflowers and pepitas, the next a heavier linseed/grainy loaf or perhaps one made from spelt and quinoa. I just let my mood dictate what the day's loaf will be!
I suspect with the huge amounts of pumpkins starting to come in from the orchard again that pumpkin bread will be back on the menu again soon as well!
It truly is one of the most satisfying things I make in the kitchen. Pulling a gorgeous loaf out the oven never gets old. Neither does the smell. Nothing quite like the smell of bread baking!
The kid's favourite is my sultana loaf, which I'll make now and again for breakfast, or my ham and cheese scrolls.
So what's my favourite? At the moment, I'd say focaccia! My husband and I both really love it. Sprinkled in sea salt and fresh picked rosemary from the garden and a healthy drizzle of olive oil, it's hard to beat.
A fast bread to make, but so delicious!
Do you bake bread? Want to bake bread? Tell me, what's your favourite loaf?