I think bread making is magical. To think that, for the most part, you take four ingredients: flour, water, yeast, and salt and make something so utterly wonderful as bread. I could seriously live on bread alone.
Unfortunately, I don’t really like kneading bread, I like eating bread. So, to the rescue is the bread machine. My bread machine,Zojirushi BBCCX20 Home Bakery Supreme Bread Machine, is quite possibly my favorite appliance. I know that it is one of the more expensive brands, but it’s reliability and wonderful customer support set’s it above the rest for me. My machine (most do) has a dough setting, which is what I use the most. I dump the ingredients in and check back in about 2 hours. I remove the dough, shape it, let it have it’s final rise, while I preheat the oven, and bake.
So, to go with this wonderful bread machine, I needed a wonderful bread machine cookbook. I have two favorites that I turn to, one of them being, The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook by Beth Hensperger.
This is a huge book, with 300 recipes! The chapters are as follows:
Daily Breads: White Breads and Egg Breads
Earth’s Bounty: Whole Wheat, Whole-Grain, and Specialty Flour Breads
Traditional Loaves: Country Breads and Sourdough Breads
All Kinds of Flavors: Breads Made with the Produce of the Garden, Orchard, and Creamery
Circle, Squares, and Crescents: Pizzas and Other Flat Breads
Sweet Loaves: Chocolate, Fruit, and Other Sweet Breads
Express Lane Bread: No-Yeast Quick Breads
Jams, Preserves, and Chutneys in Your Bread Machine
Bits and Pieces: Crumbs, Croutons, Crostini, and Toasted Appetizers
To Eat With Your Bread: Spreads, Butters, Cheeses, and Vegetables
I have to give this 5 out of 5 stars, because seriously, this has everything and more than you could ever want to try!