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    diamond is offline Platinum level (1000+ posts)
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    Default Plz help me get started baking bread at home..Updated Bread success need tip cutting

    my kids eat a lot of bread, for sandwiches for lunch and breakfast. I have been buying bread from stores, costco etc...but lately not comfortable with all the shelf stabilizers and additives in them. I just bought a 5$ single loaf of bread from wegmans which has an expiry date of tomorrow, so 5$ for a loaf for 2 days. Besides being expensive I dont want to go to store every 2 days for bread..

    it has these ingredients--organic wheat flour, water organic vital wheat gluten, sea salt, organic whole wheat flour, organic malt, yeast.

    this ingredients list looks small and simple.

    Can you guys help me get started on simple baking bread at home , mainly for eating sandwiches, packing lunch etc...I have baked cakes from scratch stc.. before so have an idea of baking, but never baked bread..
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    Do you have a stand mixer? I would buy one if not. It makes making bread so simple.
    As far as what to bake the bread in, I would skip metal pans and get ceramic bread pans. They clean up very easily. I have these and got them at my local supermarket:
    https://www.amazon.com/Good-Cook-Inc...cook+bread+pan
    Recipes are all over the Internet, but this is my go to and based on the reviews, it sounds like it is pretty easy to sub in different flours etc.:
    http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/...chenaid-294941
    Mommy to this one, that one and where is the other one?

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    I would get pyrex over ceramic, if you want actual loaves. Much easier to see when it's fully done and very cheap. That said, I see no reason not to use metal tins - I use those as well.

    This recipes is basically no work and quite tasty: https://alexandracooks.com/2012/11/0...ill-ever-make/

    If you don't have a stand mixer but you do have a good sized food processor you can use that instead - I actually prefer it for some doughs.
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    super easy been making this recipe 2x a week for months and it is great.
    https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/...search&rank=13

    I like these bread pans (the wire cutter suggested them).
    https://www.williams-sonoma.com/prod...ns&isx=0.0.810
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    A bread maker makes it so simple. I am not a cook...at all. But I make my own bread. You just put in the ingredients, turn it on and thatís it.


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    I too use a bread maker. Put everything in and turn it on - that's it! Actually bought one brand new in a box for $10 at a flea market - and have been using it for YEARS for everything from whole grain bread, to sweet breads and pizza dough.

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    i dont have have a stand up mixer, but do have a hand mixer. Bread maker sounds easy and interesting... any good brands and models to look for?

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    SAF yeast -- some Costco stores carry it. It keeps in the fridge for a very long time, and Costco's price is very reasonable for it.

    You may want to try the Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day type bread and see if you like it. It can be shaped into traditional loaves for baking to make slices easier.

    You can find bread makers at thrift stores and on community swaps. You might be able to post and ask for one to use to try out. I would lend mine to a friend! I used to make the bread in the machine and then shape it into regular pans and bake (because I hated the hole in the bottom from the blade), but now I like my mixer. Sort of theraputic I guess.

    These are my favorite pans: https://www.amazon.com/USA-Pan-Bakew.../dp/B0029JQEIC
    and https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001TO3CN8/ for really squared off loaves

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    Quote Originally Posted by diamond View Post
    i dont have have a stand up mixer, but do have a hand mixer. Bread maker sounds easy and interesting... any good brands and models to look for?
    Iíve had this one for years. https://m.bedbathandbeyond.com/m/pro...ite/1041264461
    Yes, there is a hole in the bottom of the loaf from the blade, but IMO, itís a small price to pay for the convenience and ease of use a bread machine offers. But again, I am not a cook and I donít enjoy cooking, lol.


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    Bread makers make bread making so fast! You can use it to make your loaf of bread or just use the dough setting and shape it however you like. I use mine all the time to make rolls, pizza dough, hamburger buns (for me thatís easier easier than running to the store with 4 little kids), French bread, cinnamon rolls, etc. I have also made bread without a bread maker and although not hard it takes more time. I like that I can put the ingredients in and then take kids where they need to go and have the dough (or bread) ready when I get home.

    I have a very basic bread maker that has lasted for years and been used many time a week. The only special settings I use are the dough setting, whole wheat setting and sometimes the delay setting.

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