Thursday, November 27, 2008

Invest in a Bread Machine

Have you ever wished you could make that perfect loaf, like in the Hovis advert, without all the kneading and apprehension of "will it rise?" The answer lies in the bread machine. I bought one about a year ago and I wouldn't part with it for anything. Apart from weighing out the ingredients there is absolutely no effort needed on your part.

Today you can buy them for a little as £20. Before going to bed bung in the ingredients and press start. When you wake up in the morning the house will be filled with the same freshly baked bread smell as when you pass by the local bakers. It freezes perfectly and, depending on the quality of the flour and kept in an air tight container, it will stay fresh for up to two days.

For a simple white loaf all you need is

350g baker's flour, sieved
15g butter
1 tsp milk/powdered milk
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt

You can even recreate that delicious olive ciabatta you ordered in the Italian restaurant last weekend. Simply type bread machine recipes into Google search and you'll have the pick of millions of recipes.

Not only will you save money, but you cut out all the starch and artificial preservatives put into shop bought loaves. An extra bonus, you will cut down on air freshener bills as the smell of freshly baked bread neutralises all other stinks!

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