Bread in its many forms is a staple food in many countries, and fills the bellies of many billions of people each day. We have been making our own bread for many years, and just love the taste of freshly baked bread either in our bread-maker or from the oven. I am also looking forward to cooking a few loaves in my cob oven now that the weather is getting cooler again.
|My apricot jam and Kim’s wholemeal loaf|
Now imagine our dismay when our old bread-maker machine died the other week. We had kept it going since 1998 when I first bought it for Kim as a present. It was a bit like the energizer bunny, it just kept working. The seal in the bottom of the pan was stuffed, so we just used it to make dough in the end and baked the bread in the oven. It lasted for 14 happy bread making years and many a loaf was made in it.
So what can one do, besides do everything by hand, which Kim cannot manage, and I don’t have the time, except to go and find another bread-maker machine. We did look for second hand, however we were a bit dubious about buying a clapped out appliance, I decided to buy a brand new machine, in the hope that it lasts as long as the old one. Here it is.
It has a long pan, instead of the tall type that we had in the old model.
It also makes a very decent loaf of bread. Kim made this sundried tomato loaf, which was delicious and didn’t last very long!
We are impressed, and even I am now making bread again. I use a pre-made multi-grain bread-mix which is the same cost as normal bakers flour and is made within our local zone. I can make a loaf for $1.30, and the equivelent size and type cost over $5.00 in the supermarket or bakery. The purchase will pay itself off with the savings in just under six months, then after that it is very cheap bread.
We have used it to make the dough for our home made pizza’s the other night, and I have baked 2 loaves of multi-grain in as many days. In fact I have a few loaves that I am going to make tomorrow that should last us at least a week.
Who else makes their own bread? It doesn’t have to be in a bread maker either. Let me know, I would love to hear about your daily loaf.