Compact bread machine benefits
Making fresh bread: This is the most obvious benefit of owning a bread machine. Most of the machines have a timer that enables you to add in all the ingredients and set the time in which you want the machine to start baking, whether you are sleeping or at work.
Controlling the ingredients: When you bake your bread, you able to control all the ingredients that o into it. You can also choose to add in extra ingredients such as nuts, seeds and dried fruits.
No mess: Since the bread machine does all the mixing and kneading of the dough, there will be no mess on the kitchen counter compared to when you would have used your hands. Most of the bread machines have removable pans that you can easily clean.
Saves you money: Buying bread at the store can be expensive especially if you have special requirements of the diet. Bread machines can make a variety of bread including wholemeal and gluten-free bread. Bread makers can also be used to make pasta, pizza dough and jam. They may seem expensive at first, but the number of things that you can use it for makes it cheaper in the long run.
Superior quality and taste: Since the bread is homemade, it will have a great taste and quality because you are controlling the ingredients that go into it. The taste will be different from the store-bought bread because the store ones have the manufactured taste.
Easy to use: You do not need to have attended a baking class to use a bread machine. They are programmed to make the perfect bread. You only need to follow the recipes provided by the manufacturer and you will have delicious bread in no time.
Features to consider while buying the best small bread maker
Before you buy, here are a few features you should be aware of:
Size and weight
The size of the bread maker that you get will depend on the amount of space in your kitchen that you are willing to give away. You do not want the bread maker to get in your way and occupy all the workspace. The bread maker should also be easily accessible when you want to use it. So, if you have big space in your kitchen, there is no problem getting a bigger bread machine, but if you have a tiny kitchen, consider buying a smaller bread maker such as the Cuisinart CBK-110 Compact Automatic Bread Maker.
You should also think of the weight when buying a bread machine. If you will need to move the machine around, buy a lighter one which can weigh 5kgs or less. Others may weigh 6 kg or more.
Most bread machines come with different programs and settings for the different menus for you to try. Most of the machines allow you to make gluten-free bread using special recipes provided. Others include recipes for wheat-free bread which can be useful if you have dietary requirements. Bread machines do not make bread only. Most of them come with an extra setting for kneading pasta and dough. Also, you can use the bread maker to make jam and bake cakes.
In as much as most bread makers come with a manual to read, they should be easy to use. The settings and programs should be easily understood, clear and straightforward. The bread machine should allow a younger and older member of the family to use it without any difficulty, like you can do with Zojirushi BB-HAC10 Mini Breadmaker, favored for its easy-to-read interface.
Since bread machines knead and mix bread, it will be hard to find one that does not produce noise. However, the level of noise differs from one machine to the other. Cheaper and low-quality models will produce more noise and even move on the counter to a point that they can drop to the floor. High-quality models are made of good materials that are sturdy to absorb the vibrations, hence, making less noise and don’t move around. When looking for a bread machine, make sure that you find one that is less noisy.
Bread loaf result
Most bread makers will state the time in which the different types of bread take to be fully baked. Most of the bread makers in the market can make the basic brown, white and whole meal loaves. Bread makers such as the KBS Stainless Steel Bread Machine will allow you to change the size of the loaf, the darkness and thickness of the crust and the type of flour you want to use.
This is a great feature to look for when you are purchasing a bread maker. This feature allows you to select the time that you want t start baking the bread. For instance, before going to bed, add all the ingredients that you want to be included in the bread to the machine and then set the time for 4 a.m. the next morning. You will have fresh bread when you wake up in the morning.
If you are an inquisitive baker and want to keep an eye on the baking process, consider buying a bread machine with a viewing window. Although, some bread makers produce sound when the baking is done or when you need to add more ingredients. This is a great feature if you want to be notified when to add ingredients or your bread is baked.
Most of the bread makers in the market today come with accessories such as a spoon and measuring cups. If your bread maker comes without those, it is worth buying them because making bread requires exact measurements of ingredients.
Power interruption safety option
Most bread machines have a back-up option for when the power goes off. Most of them can still bake up to 15 minutes when there is no power. This means that your bread will still be made even if there is a power cut in your home.
Some baking machines have a short and wider design with a hard-white plastic exterior while others have a tall and narrower design with a stainless-steel exterior. A narrower bread machine is suitable if you have less space in your kitchen while a wider one is suitable if you have enough space to spare in your kitchen.
The size of a bread machine does not affect the pricing compared to other kitchen appliances. A bread machine will be more expensive when it has more features and program options. The more expensive models tend to produce high quality and prettier bread, than the low-quality models. You will get what you paid for with purchasing a bread machine. Bread machines reviewed above range from $100 to $250.
Different bread makers come with different warranties. The bread machines reviewed above have a 1-year to 3-year warranty. Products such as the Möbelmaster Bread Maker Machine which have a one-year warranty may not provide sufficient purchasing protection. Always check the terms and conditions of a warranty agreement to know where you are protected.
Small sweet bread recipe to treat yourself
The following recipe is for making a 1-pound loaf.
- ¼ cup of water.
- 1/3 cup of milk.
- 1 large egg.
- 2 ¼ cups of bread flour.
- ¾ teaspoon of salt.
- 3 tablespoons of butter or margarine.
- 3 tablespoons of sugar.
- 1 ½ teaspoon of bread machine yeast
Add all the ingredients to the bread maker in the order that your manufacturer has recommended and wait for your bread to be ready in no time.