- Print Length: 128 pages
- Publisher: Better Homes and Gardens
- Publication Date: January 10, 1997
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 069620682X
- ISBN-13: 978-0696206825
- File Format: PDF
The recipes that come with the typical bread machine are always useful, the tried and true Old Reliables that everyone needs to get started. When you are ready to break out and try something really fun, however, this is the book you’ll want! The Bread Machine Primer at the beginning answers every question you could possibly have about machines and ingredients, explains the chemical interrelationships between salt, sugar, yeast, and flour, and, best of all, even tells you how to adapt your grandmother’s non-bread-machine recipes and other family favorites for use with the bread machine.
Even the “Plain” Breads in this book are much more imaginative and interesting than average–Beer Bread, Potato Bread, and Cheese Bread are not exactly “white bread.” The Whole Grain Breads are fantastic, with the Wild Rice Bread and Yogurt Corn Bread among our special favorites. Savory Breads feature Welsh Rarebit Bread, Prosciutto Loaf, and a really toothsome Olive Bread. Holiday Eggnog Bread, Rum Raisin Loaf, Peaches and Cream Loaf, and Welsh Currant Bread are just a few of the Sweet Breads to keep you constantly tempted. And the flatbreads, such as Rosemary-Fig Foccacia and Jalapeno-Cheddar Rounds, show the variety of possibilities open to you.
This is an imaginative and useful accompaniment to any bread machine, the best of the several bread machine cookbooks I’ve tried. My one recommendation is to pay attention to the amount of yeast you use. This book uses significantly less yeast than most other books, and I’ve found I need to add 1/4 t. more yeast to the recipes I’ve tried.