So if you haven’t gotten the hint already, I love my bread machine. LOVE IT. And I have loved it for quite a few years. I don’t know what we ever did without it, and sometimes I think I use it more than the microwave.
Just in case you aren’t sure if you need one or not, let me give you a run down of some of the things we’ve made in the last few months alone.
Duh, right? Yes, we make bread in the bread machine. But we make lots of it on a regular basis. Which if that alone isn’t a good reason for you, think of this – we’ve given loaves of bread for gifts before, and they loved it. We also eat bread minus the nasty preservatives in store bought (did you know there’s high fructose corn syrup in it? So much for “in moderation” when it’s even in bread of all things!).
2. Bread Sticks
You know the tasty little things that go good with pasta. Yup, we make those in a bread machine. Well, the dough to be exact. The dough setting has come in handy more than once.
3. Cinnamon Rolls
Same as the bread sticks – they are made with the dough cycle. Super easy and a lot less hassle. This one happens to be a favorite of my son. Let me tell you what, you’ve never had a REAL cinnamon roll until you’ve had one fresh out of the oven. YUM!
4. Pizza Dough
There’s quite a few different recipes for pizza dough lurking around the internet, and all of them work quite nicely with the bread machine. Takes all the hassle out of really good homemade dough and you don’t even have to use the powdered packets. Good stuff.
5. Jelly & Jam
I’ve become quite fond of homemade jams, and it is SO EASY with the bread machine. There is no watching and stirring for an hour or more – just dump the ingredients in and walk away. Put it on homemade bread and it doesn’t get any better than that.
Ever since we latched on to the awesome roll recipe, its been used just about every time we have sandwiches or a family gathering. Since this one recipe makes 6 huge buns, we’ve been making two meals out of them. One night is usually tenderloins and the next is hot sausage sandwiches. And these rolls/buns are REALLY good with each.
So there you go – six different types of foods, one machine. Pretty handy, eh? As I type this, I’m snacking on a really good French Bread I made in the bread machine. It will go good with tonight’s dinner too.
If you don’t have one, I highly recommend the Sunbeam Bread Machine. It’s the brand I’ve been using for several years, so I wouldn’t trust anything else at this point. You will be amazed with how much you use this and how little it actually costs!
If you need some recipes, here’s a whole bunch of bread recipes at RecipeForMom.com.
- Homemade Buns for Sandwiches
- Bread Machine Fun
- Mini Pigs in a Blanket Idea
- Bread Machine Tip
- Cinnamon Roll Recipe