Why Bake Your Own Bread?
You may imagine that baking your own bread would be a process which, although satisfying and with many positive aspects, would be time consuming, messy and difficult. That may well have been the case a few years ago - but thanks to modern breadmakers, you can enjoy all of the benefits of freshly baked bread with very few of the difficulties that you may associate with bread making.
Modern bread making machines require you to do little else other than to add the appropriate ingredients, choose the type of bread that you want, and then remove the bread when it's done. As a matter of fact, making bread using a modern breadmaker is so easy that you'll almost feel like you're cheating.
You can even pre-program them so that you load the ingredients before you go to bed and the breadmaker will make the bread later - so you wake up to the aroma of freshly baked bread in the morning. You'll find it a lot easier to get the kids out of bed in the morning if there's some warm, freshly baked bread on the go.
As far as what is the best breadmaker for you to choose; there are any number of different models available, so you should be able to find something to suit both your preference and your budget. Breadmakers were, until fairly recently, somewhat pricey kitchen appliances. However, prices have fallen and you should be able to find a reasonably priced one which will meet your requirements.
Most breadmakers have the facility for you to load up your bread machine with the required ingredients, set a time to bake and then come back later when the bread is ready. Most will also allow you to choose the crust color - usually from two or three different options. Almost all breadmakers will knead the dough for you after you've added the necessary ingredients.
One of the main differentiating features which may, or may not, be of interest to you will be the size of the loaves which can be produced. As a rule, if you want to produce large, rectangular, loaves, then you might have to be prepared to pay a little more for your breadmaker.
Other than that, you should be able to find an breadmaker which will give you bread to your exact specification at a very economical rate. You can vary the ingredients whenever you fancy something a little different - and you will always know exactly what's in your daily bread.
Once you have your own breadmaker, you'll wonder how you ever got by without one. It will quickly become a standard appliance in your kitchen, every bit as important (and as frequently used) as your toaster, hand blender or microwave oven.
Cuisinart Programmable Breadmaker
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(price as of Jul 2, 2013)