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Q&A: What kind of bread machine do you have?


What kind of bread machine do you have? Do you find it’s better for the machine to do it all, or just make the dough? -Stephanie

If there’s one tool in my kitchen I would never want to be without, it’s my bread machine. My aunt and uncle got me one as a wedding gift and I used it so much it finally was giving out.

Just around the time it was starting to breathe its last breath, my dad surprised me with a Zojirushi Bread Machine for Christmas. Let me tell you, this bread machine is the king of bread machines!

It’s high-tech and offers quite a few different options — including the dough cycle that I mostly. It’s also roomy, so you can make larger loaves and bigger batches of dough.

Make Your Own Homemade Bread

My favorite thing about the Zojirushi Bread Machine is that it has two kneading paddles. This creates a much better and softer texture in the dough which translates to softer, better-shaped bread and rolls.

Make Your Own Bread

I rarely ever bake bread in my machine, because I’ve found that the crust is much softer when I bake the bread in the oven. It does mean that you have to be home and remember to take the dough out of the machine and bake it when it’s done, but it’s still so much easier than making bread completely from scratch.

I can stick all the ingredients in the bread machine for Bread Machine Buttery Rolls and and hour and a half later, the dough is ready to be shaped into rolls. No mixing, no kneading and no worrying about setting a timer. Truly, in about ten minutes of total prep time, I can have a hot and fresh batch of rolls made.

My Favorite Simple & Easy Homemade Bread Recipes

Do you have a bread machine? If so, what kind & do you like it?

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  • Kari says:

    I’m just the opposite. I’ve used bread machines off and on but after the last one died I gave up on them for good. I have my mom’s KitchenAide mixer which is still kicking after almost 20 years. Making bread without a machine does not take that long (the rising is the largest time eater, even with a bread machine.) and there is something so therapeutic about kneading the dough and getting your hands in there. Mmmm…now I want to go whip up a batch of my honey wheat bread!

    • Mary says:

      Try She has multiple gluten free recipes. She also sells a gluten free flour that is great along with mixes for bread, cookies etc. The flour can be substituted in any recipe that uses regular flour. You can also read how she came about developing the flour.

  • Yvette Carpenter says:

    I have an older one (cant remember the model or maker right now) that I hardly use. (It was given to me) But now my Aunt wants to use it but we need to find Gluten Free recipes and I haven’t had much luck. I do know the main difference is that with gluten free it only needs to raise once. Do you know of any or maybe websites that I might try?

    • Julie H says:

      The hardest part with making GF breads is trying to get it fluffy without an overwhelming yeasty taste, so getting it perfectly like GF bread is extremely difficult. The closest you will find in this area would be Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures. Lynn is the most meticulous GF baker, in my opinion, when it comes to taste as well as ingredients that won’t cost you a fortune…

      Bread is a tough

    • Christine says:

      Try King Arthur Flour site or Americas Test Kitchen for gluten free ideas

  • Emily says:

    I have the same bread maker, and I LOVE it. I could not live without it. I use it for dough (pizza, dinner rolls, hamburger rolls, cinnamon swirl bread dough, etc.) and also for baking bread. I ALWAYS use King Arthur Flour with it, and it makes the most heavenly, well, everything! I use the 1.5 lb recipe that came in the instruction booklet for bread, the pizza dough recipe that came with it for pizza (with King Arthur Flour pizza dough flavoring added which is cheese and other yummy stuff), the KAF white dinner roll recipe, KAF PJ’s Cinnamon swirl bread, KAF Beautiful Burger Buns, KAF Cinnamon Buns…well, basically anything from KAF. Which is also where I got “Zoey” from (as I call her). I can’t say enough good things about this bread maker, and paired with KAF products and recipes, you will be the talk of the neighborhood!

  • Julie H says:

    The 2 paddle Zoji is definitely the best machine and is the one we have. The 2 paddle Panasonic was ranked second best in all review sites when I was shopping for one, but I was concerned about the quality of the non-stick surface. Zoji seemed to have a more solid pan and non-stick surface that will last.

  • Mari says:

    Love mine too! Have you ever made meatloaf in it? It’s the best (recipe can be found in recipe book that comes with machine). You can also make an awesome Mexican meatloaf in it.

  • Tara says:

    I have THREE old, old,old West Bend Traditional loaf bread makers. One we received as a gift early in our marriage more than 20 years ago. The other two were thrift store finds. They are THE BEST! Similar style to the one in described in this blog with two little dough paddles in a “traditional” loaf pan. I didn’t know what I would ever do if these little workhorses go ca-put, but now I am happy to see there is a possible replacement for mine if the need arises!

  • Penny T. says:

    This post has inspired me to dust off my old bread machine and give it another shot. When I do eat bread, I only eat whole grain bread (and usually sprouted which I have no idea how to make myself) so I will have to experiment with flours such as a mix of maybe whole wheat and spelt flour or maybe spelt flour and almond flour. I am going to experiment with your sister’s bread recipe because it uses coconut oil (normally we eat no “oil” in my house) and has no dairy in it. Thanks for the post. This will be on my to-do list for next week.

  • Becky G says:

    Krystal, you mentioned that you grind your own wheat flour. Do you buy your wheat local or from the internet? If you get it on the internet where do you get it at? I would like to switch over to grinding my own, but we are on a budget & I would like to find a place that is reasonable. Thanks so much 🙂

    • Becky G says:

      Oops…sorry for the misspell on your name. Crystal 🙂

    • The best prices I’ve found are by buying in bulk from a local co-op or from Azure Standard.

      • Becky G says:

        Thank you, Crystal! I will look into a local co-op here where I live. I know lots of women are into grinding their own wheat. They may know of one. 🙂

      • Flo says:

        Azure Standard has been good for us. Lots of great flours, including sprouted, GF, and grind your own (plus mills for sale.) There is a monthly local drop for your online order, where you pick up your box(es!) and you are done and on your way in as long as it takes you to put it in your vehicle–because it is YOUR order, boxed and already paid for. Aldi has some prices on organic canned goods and hummus that are substantially cheaper, but the bulk goods and unusual items can’t be beat and the customer service is great. Groceries (including chilled and frozen items and fresh produce), pet foods, garden plants, hygiene items, wildcrafted foods, etc., with a preponderance of organic. Enter your zip and see if you are close to a drop. (You can also call and talk to a real person!) (Yeah, I like AZ a little. Lol.)

  • Elizabeth Sterling says:

    My bread machine is a talking Pillsbury Bread Machine from back when bread machines were first introduced. It is still going strong and is one of my favorite appliances after my Kitchenaid mixer. I actually won it for selling the most toys for a toy party.

  • Kaeli says:

    I have the same one you have and I got it from a yard sale for $10 with an extra cookbook. We love it, I have two simple go to recipes and I can just throw it all together at night and then I don’t worry about it until the next morning. We love our machine! I just purchase bulk bread flour & yeast and keep it in our freezer and we are good to go! And in the summer when I don’t turn on my oven I just take it outside and that way it doesn’t heat up the house. 🙂

  • Dolly Costa says:

    I once had fudge made in a bread machine. I have never been able to find the recipe.

    • Caroleen says:

      I love mine too. I usually mix the dough in it and then take it out and put it in a regular loaf pan.

  • Carol says:

    I have another machine, but could not produce a decent loaf of bread so it was gathering dust in my basement. I inherited this same machine from my brother in law who passed away last year. I gave it a try and since then have not bought a loaf of bread from the grocers. I love it though sometimes the loaves are mishapen and do not rise at one end. Did you ever have this problem? the bread tastes fine but is very dense.

  • Tamara says:

    what do u use to slice your bread? would like to make the switch to making my own sandwich bread, but don’t know how to slice sandwich slices.

  • Aileen Cooks says:

    I had never even considered a bread machine before reading this article for the first time last year. My mom surprised me with a bread machine for Christmas and I’m hooked. My favorite recipe is the cinnamon bun recipe you shared. I always freeze half, but it still only last a few days!

  • Pat Brown says:

    I’m looking for buying a bread machine and want to buy what works really good without spending a lot of money. Have been looking on craigslist.
    I have been using two bread machines and trying to alter the ingred., but then it comes up over the top and makes a mess to clean up!!
    Let me know your favorite bread machine and why.

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