Making Bread in a Breadmaker is Not Just for Wimps
At the risk of being accused of selling out to the world of electronic gizmos, let me say this: Bread making using an automatic bread maker is nothing to be ashamed of. And, as a matter of fact, using a bread machine can easily and reliably deliver healthy, wholesome bread for minutes of your time and pennies instead of dollars.
A Bit of Ancient History
I purchased my first automatic bread machine over twenty years ago when they were the latest new-fangled kitchen appliance. In those days, the only recipes available were those that came in the skinny little user manual that came with the machine itself. So early adopters such as myself had to learn the ropes the hard way: we invented them ourselves.
There was no internet in those days (circa 1990) but there were online services such as Prodigy and that is where like minded bakers would congregate and share bread making tips as well as our custom crafted recipes. For me it was a hobby and a delicious one at that.
My first machine was a Hitachi B101 which I purchased at Costco for about $200. It produces a tall skinny loaf with a domed top. Not real pretty to look at and tough to slice but heck, the results smelled and tasted delicious.
About ten years later I purchased a more compact machine for use on my boat. Let me tell you, there was nothing like sitting out at anchor with the generator quietly running and the aroma of fresh baked bread baking. I still have that bread machine, the Oster 2 lb. ExpressBake Breadmaker. Until about a month ago, it was gathering dust in my garage.
The Return of the Bread Machine Maven