Baking Bread

Over ten years ago, I purchased a bread machine. Through the years, I have used it to make rolls, loafs, baguettes, bagels, pita bread, and pizza dough. For the last couple of years, I have only used it when making rolls for family events; but have recently begun using it more frequently. I do not make hamburger or hot dog buns; but try to make all the rest of my bread. I have found that I prefer to prepare the dough in the bread machine and then bake it in the oven. Had I known this when I purchased it, I would have purchased a smaller bread machine, like this one. At the time, I thought I wanted one with a traditional loaf pan. Once, I realized that the mixing blades remain in the loaf while it cooks, creating odd shaped holes in the loaf, I began using the dough cycle and baking the bread in the oven.

I purchased a Le Creuset ceramic loaf pan a few years ago but did not like using it to bake bread because the base is a lot smaller than the top. During a recent search for a replacement pan, I found this Rachel Ray pan. I loved that it was available in orange and it looked like it was more symmetrical than many of the pans I’ve found. Why are so many loaf pans oddly shaped? I remembered seeing Rachel Ray cookware on a recent trip to Kohl’s and checked their website to see if they might have a better deal. I really didn’t expect much since Amazon usually has the best price on most things I research. To my surprise, the pan was $16.99, one dollar less than Amazon. I looked for discount codes and found a 30% off code and a free shipping code; bringing my total to $12.60. Compared to $17.99 at Amazon, that was too good to pass up.

Making homemade bread can seem intimidating but with a bread machine it’s pretty simple. Not only will you have fresh bread but you’ll know exactly what’s in it.

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