Product Type: Russell Hobbs bread makers
Newest Review: ... for bread machine (sprinkled on top of the flour) You will note that I do not use any fat and very little salt. The Russell Hobbs Breadma... more
Why bother to make your own bread
Russell Hobbs 10008 Breadman Pro
Member Name: Crystabel
Russell Hobbs 10008 Breadman Pro
Advantages: You know exactly what is going into your daily bread
Disadvantages: You need a knack, so a bit of practise is required
I know it is time that can stop you using a bread machine. I admit that I sometimes put the machine back in the cupboard for a while before it comes out again. My bread machine came out of the cupboard when the price of a large sliced loaf went up from 75p to £1.23.
Did you know recent research has shown that not all breads you buy are as low in fat, as you think. Many breads have fat added in the form of hydrogenated oils, added to improve taste and to keep the loaf fresher longer, the research showed three slices of some brands had more fat than a Mars Bar. It is best to check the bread wrapper and choose loaves with less than 1g fat per slice or make your own.
I was bought my first machine ten years ago and did actually wear it out, but not before having several failures. I really should have worked out in the beginning that it was not always me getting it wrong. My machine included a recipe book with guidelines on the ingredients required to make a white or wholemeal loaf. The instructions state, "many external factors can affect the taste and texture of the bread e.g. yeast type, flour type, sugar type, kitchen temperature, even air pressure and height above sea level" - yes even that one surprised me. Some comfort I suppose when you take out a mess from the breadmaker that you may be too near the beach!.
The other suggestion the instructions give is that you follow the recipes in their booklet until you have got the hang of the machine. Also it's important that you add the ingredients in the right order. If the yeast gets wet it may activate too early, and if it comes in contact with any salt in the recipe, it may not work properly.
One discovery I have made is that the flour plays a very important part in the success of your loaf. All flour is graded in accordance with the wheat quality and mix, but the required information on how high the grade is I can never find on the bags of flour I buy. The best is to buy flour that states "bread" or "strong" flour. If you can find a locally milled flour that is even better. I have managed to find a farm shop that sells strong flour that has been ground on a stone. I have successful bread every time now.
My recipe is a very simple one for a 1.5lb size loaf. Put the ingredients into the machine in this order
1 teaspn dried semi-skilled milk powder
1/4 teaspn of salt
375g of strong white flour
1 and half teaspns of dried yeast for bread machine (sprinkled on top of the flour)
You will note that I do not use any fat and very little salt.
The Russell Hobbs Breadman Pro has other uses, making cakes and jam, and an important feature is a memory clip, so if you accidentally switch the machine off while it is baking, or you have a power cut the program will carry on afterwards.
Summary: For a small effort you have a fresh and healthy daily loaf
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