My family has been trying to change our diets for the better lately, and something we are trying to eliminate is high fructose corn syrup. After spending an afternoon reading labels at my local grocery store, I realized I had to find an alternative to store-bought bread, because every single contained high fructose corn syrup.
My solution to the problem was to buy a bread machine. I have friends that have bread machines, but they never seem to use them, so they end up taking up space. I never bothered with one, because frankly, I never thought they were very attractive- large white boxes that looked a little awkward to store anywhere. I looked around, and came across the TR875 by Breadman, and I loved the looks of it! It is a stainless steel and black bread machine, and it is much smaller than the boxy ones out there- but it still makes a 2 lb loaf.
The day I got it, we cleaned it out, and I read the manual. The manual is very easy to follow- so much so, in fact, that we made our first loaf that same night! We chose a french bread, and the machine takes you through the steps- it was so easy! You put the ingredients in the bread pan (we used the recipe from the ones included in the manual), put the bread pan in the machine, and plug it in. You select which cycle (basic bread, sweet bread, dough, etc.) Next you select the crust color- light, med, or dark. Then is the loaf size- 1.5 or 2 lbs. That's it! There is a mechanism that beeps during one of the kneading times for if you want to add extra items such as nuts or raisins, but otherwise, there is nothing else you have to do! The bread takes about 3 1/2 hours to make, but there is a little window on the top of the machine, so you can see into it which my son loves.
The bread was FANTASTIC! It tasted wonderful, and made the house smell great with fresh baking bread. I like that this machine has a timer, so you can set the bread to be finished cooking, say when you get home from work. Another nice feature is that it has a gluten-free cycle, and you can actually make jams in the machine as well!
This machine is a great purchase- we make bread every couple of days for our family; we have tried wheat bread, french bread, and cinnamon raisin bread so far, and they have all been great. We can't wait to try out some new recipes soon!