T-fal 721100015527 Actibread 15-Program Bread Machine Review

All about the T Fal Actibread Bread Machine

One of the striking features of the T-fal Actibread bread machine is the blacktop and the stainless steel housing. It offers you up to 15 pre-programmed menu options plus 3 Gluten-free options to choose from. Here are some of its features at a glance.

Its features

  • You can use 15 different programs to make bread
  • There is a viewing window on the lid
  • The LCD screen shows you the crust color selection, timer, program number, and the loaf size.
  • Dimensions: 16.1*12.5*14 inches
  • One kneading blade
  • The bread pan comes with a non-stick coating
  • Three crust color setting
  • You can make 3 loaf sizes of 1, 1 ½ and 2 pounds
  • 15-hour delay start timer
  • 1-hour keep-warm convenience function
  • Power consumption; 700 Watts
  • It comes with various accessories

The Design

This bread maker has a stainless steel body with a blacktop. From its dimensions, it can fit in any kitchen counter without taking up much of your space. It only weighs 13.2 pounds which makes it lightweight so that you can carry it around easily. The LCD screen is backlit, suitable for kitchens with no or dim lights as you see the program you wish to select. Also, the control panel has big buttons with clearly printed letters on them. It makes it easy to differentiate the purpose of the buttons. There is also an indicator light when the bread maker is on.

Performance

Unlike other T-fal models like the T-fal Emeril model which come with a baguette tray, the T-fal Actibread comes with a non-stick bread pan. The baguette tray doesn’t fit in the baking chamber of this model. The T-fal Actibread comes with 15 pre-programmed menu options; here is a list of the menu options available in the T-fal Actibread.

  • Gluten-free cake
  • Rapid sweet bread
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Salt-free bread
  • Rapid bread
  • French bread
  • Sweetbread
  • Bread dough (Kneading and Rising)
  • Cake
  • Jam
  • Pasta
  • Cooking only (10-70 minutes)
  • Gluten-free sweet bread
  • Rapid whole wheat bread
  • Gluten-free bread

You have plenty of programs to choose from when making your bread using this bread machine. There are three rapid settings for making bread; rapid bread, rapid whole wheat bread, and rapid sweet bread. These programs reduce the baking time by an hour, very convenient for those in a hurry to bake bread. One clarification is that it has two automatic settings for making whole wheat bread. We found out that in the manual, there is only one recipe for making whole wheat bread. This issue might confuse those who want to make rapid whole wheat bread and normal whole wheat bread. The loaves can be of three sizes; 1, 1 ½ and 2 pounds.

For lovers of white bread, you’ll be disappointed to learn that the T-fal Actibread bread machine lacks the white bread automatic menu program, though we found a white bread recipe in the manual. However, the French bread program is a great alternative as it yields the same results when making white bread. The bread pan locks well into the baking chamber via locking springs and you only need to twist it when unlocking. It is made of non-stick material which makes removing the loaf and cleaning less of a hassle. When selecting the dark crust color setting, the dark crust color setting darkened the crust too much. We advise you to use the light and medium crust color setting.

The Manual

The manual is vital for first-time users, as it contains information and recipes when using the bread maker. At first glance, we thought the manual was only in the French language, but when we scrolled further down, we got to the English version from page 18-31. To get the manual, you can download one from the T-fal website. There were 10 bread recipes in the manual, but the shipped package comes with 25 recipes, 15 more recipes than the downloaded version. They were clear and easy to understand even for beginners. The only setback when using the Gluten-free bread is that you are advised to use packaged pre-mixes. You cannot customize your ingredients when making gluten-free bread using the 3 gluten-free bread programs.

Included Accessories

These included accessories are great for precise measurements when making quality loaves. Here is a list of all the included accessories in the package.

  • A Measuring spoon
  • A Kneading blade removal hook
  • An extra kneading blade
  • A book containing 25 recipes
  • A Measuring cup
  • A Kneading paddle

Most people are confused about whether or not to remove the kneading paddle when baking bread. In most bread makers, the kneading paddle bakes into the loaf. The kneading paddle is only removed when the baking stops. Always use the paddle hook when removing the kneading paddle from the baked loaf. The paddle hook is included in the package for that purpose.

The Warranty

The T-fal Actibread bread machine comes with a one year limited warranty period. During this period, your bread machine is covered for manufacturing defects. Only replacing and repairing faulty parts are in the warranty, any other damage voids the warranty agreement. Always keep your receipt or any other proof of purchase to claim the warranty.

Things we liked

  • Easy to use and understand the control panel
  • The viewing window on the lid is great if you like seeing the mixing and baking process
  • The design looks modern
  • The bread pan is firmly held in place by a locking ring instead of steel springs found in other models
  • The automatic rapid settings reduce the overall baking time by one hour for those in a hurry

Things we didn’t like

  • No automatic fruit and nut dispenser
  • Because of the bread pan shape, the loaves produced are vertical in shape

Bottom-Line

We found the T-fal Actibread Bread Maker easy to use and operate via its user-friendly control panel. The included 25 recipe book in the package is a great addition. We highly recommend the T-fal 72110001527 Actibread Bread Maker bread machine to beginners. Plus it is lightweight and due to its size, it fits well in your kitchen counter. It is a great purchase for its price.

How to Make Bread with just Flour and Water

Waking up to the fantastic smell of fresh bread is such a great pleasure. You can achieve this by only using flour and water. This article is featuring some great recipe with the most basic duo of ingredients. The recipes are simple, cheap and very easy to make at your home.

How to make bread with just flour and water:

Easy flour tortillas

It is a healthy way to make homemade tortillas. They are soft, chewy and do not crack when stuffed. It is a no fat and no additive recipe. They puff well when cooking. You can serve them with grilled meat. This recipe is by Carine, and you can get on her food blog Sweet as Honey. Some rules to make the best tortillas are;

  • Use lukewarm water. Do not use cold water.
  • Use a pancake pan.
  • Before adding the tortillas, ensure the pan is hot.
  • Do not add oil in the pan.
  • Use all-purpose flour.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

The ingredients to use to make the easy flour tortillas include;

  • 2 cups of white flour
  • ¾ cups of lukewarm water

Instructions on how to prepare these tortillas;

  • Add flour in a mixing bowl, then add lukewarm water while you knead.
  • Continue adding the water until it forms an elastic white dough ball.
  • Depending on the flour absorption add more water or more flour to form a dough ball.
  • Divide the dough ball into four small balls.
  • Roll the balls on a hard surface with some flour until they are flat
  • Warm the pan for about 90 seconds and do not oil it.
  • Place the tortilla on the pan and cook for about 90 seconds and then flip the other side for 90 seconds. Use a spatula to pressure the middle to help them puff.
  • Do that for all the tortillas.

Colin’s flatbread

This traditional flatbread is easy to make and tasty. This recipe can serve about three people. It is by ColinP, and you can find on Allrecipes.

Ingredients for this flatbread are;

  • Any amount of plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Water

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Instructions on how to make this bread are;

  • In a bowl, place flour, some water and salt and stir until it comes together in a dough. Add more flour if too sticky or water if too thick
  • Knead the dough. Add more flour if it is too sticky.
  • On a metal tray, pat the dough flat on it.
  • Put the tray on the stove and heat to a high temperature.

Quick flatbreads

This recipe is great when you serve it soft and fresh either alone or with stew or soups. It is by Jo Ingleby. With this recipe, you can make between 4-6 flatbreads. You can click here for more information on this recipe.

Preparation time: less than 30 minutes

Cooking time: 10-30 minutes

The ingredients to make this flatbread are;

  • 200g plain or wholemeal flour
  • ¼ teaspoons of salt
  • 100 ml of warm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil and extra for cooking

Instructions for making the bread are;

  • In a bowl, place flour and salt and trickle some water.
  • Mix water and flour
  • Add oil and knead the dough. You can add some flour if too sticky and water if dry.
  • Knead for five minutes. Do it in a bowl or on a clean surface.
  • Cook straight away or leave the dough for half an hour.
  • Divide the dough into equal balls depending on the size of the frying pan.
  • Roll the balls on a clean surface.
  • Heat your pan and rub some oil on its surfaces. Cook each side for about two minutes. They will have a lighter colour and some brown spots.
  • After cooking, keep them warm by wrapping in a foil or a tea towel.

Some recipe tips for this recipe are;

You can roll them out and freeze in a stack. You will need some greaseproof paper between them, so they do not stick.

Omani bread (khubz)

This bread is delicious and different. Its dough needs to sticky or wet like pancake batter. It results in a  bread that is thin and lovely. You can eat the bread with some beaten rice dish, madrouba. You can serve it for breakfast with cheese and eggs. It is delicious with anything. This recipe can make about six pieces of this bread. This bread is by Darlene at International cuisine.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 2 minutes

Total time: 7 minutes

Ingredients you require to make this bread are;

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Instructions in preparing this bread are;

  • Mix the flour and salt and then add water slowly.
  • If making the dough to cook by placing it on the hot griddle with your palms, make it very sticky.
  • But if making it to pour and spread, it needs to be thin so add more water to combine well.
  • Heat the hot skillet to medium-high heat.
  • After making a circle with the dough, when the bread crisps on the bottom use a scraper to loosen and remove it.
  • Serve warm

Maori bread

It is a traditional Maori recipe. The bread has a doughnut texture. This recipe is by JuliettevanSon, and it is available on Allrecipes.

Ingredients for the Maori rice are;

  • 3 ½ cups of self-rising flour
  • ½ teaspoons of salt
  • Coldwater
  • Oil

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

Instructions on how to make this bread are;

  • Measure flour in a bowl and add water. The dough needs to be soft so you can add more water. Mix with a wooden spoon.
  • Turn the dough out on a surface with some flour.
  • Then it into the sizes you desire. Place each in preheated hot oil and dry till they are golden both sides and double.

The recipe tip for making this bread is;

Do not over mix as this will cause them to become stiff and flat.

Roti recipe

It is a flatbread which most people usually serve with Indian, Thai or Malaysian food. It is a traditional recipe which is easy to follow and make. It is quick and straightforward and delicious. You should serve it with curries instead of rice. This recipe is by Nichola Palmer.

The ingredients to make Roti recipe are;

  • 225g of plain flour either white or wholemeal
  • Water
  • ½ teaspoons of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil + extra to grease the pan.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Instructions on the preparation of this recipe;

  • In a bowl, place flour, salt and oil. Then add water. The dough needs to be soft so you can add more water if it is dry and if it is too wet, add some flour.
  • Turn the dough on a surface with some flour and knead until it is smooth. Cover the dough with a cling film. Let it rest for about 10 minutes.
  • Then divide the dough into six equal pieces and roll them.
  • Heat the pan until it is hot. Grease it with some oil and place a roti in the pan. Cook for a minute or two and when it starts to puff, and it turns brown, flip the other side.
  • Keep the roti in a clean tea towel as you continue to cook the rest.

Tips for making this bread recipe are;

  • Serve roti with Indian chutneys and pickles.

The homemade matzah recipe

This homemade recipe is perfect for any time and any occasion. It is quick to make. It has a great taste. You can pair with olive oil and salt for a savoury snack. This recipe is by Elaine, and you can find more details on her blog, food parsed.

Ingredients in making the bread are;

  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1cup of flour + 2 tablespoons for rolling

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Instructions on preparing the bread are;

  • It starts with putting a baking sheet in the oven and preheating it to 475 degrees.
  • Prepare the working surface with flour, rolling pin and fork.
  • If you are keeping kosher, set the timer to between 16-18 minutes and then start it.
  • Mix the flour and water and knead until the dough is smooth.
  • Dive the dough into four balls and roll them out.
  • Pierce each bread with the fork about 25 times on both sides to prevent rising.
  • Five minutes remaining on the timer, remove the baking sheet from the oven.
  • Place the slices of bread on the baking sheet.
  • Bake and flip over the pieces of bread until they are brown and crisp.

Wrapping up with Easy ways to make bread

You can produce excellent bread with just water and flour. They have great taste compared to commercially produced bread. Most of the recipes for making such bread are very simple, and anyone can try them with these simple ingredients.

Gluten Free Bread Recipe for Bread Machines without Xanthan Gum

Bread is usually associated with gluten, and this is one of the reasons why some people avoid it. Most people tend to use Xanthan gum as the gluten replacer, but we do not use it in these recipes. They are easy to make, very delicious, and you will love them.

There are many fantastic gluten-free recipes for the bread machine for you to try at home. If you are thinking of ditching gluten and try gluten-free bread, this is the article for you.

Italian herb bread

This gluten-free and dairy-free bread recipe is easy and very convenient. It is by Christine, and this link has more information and instructions for this recipe

Recipe notes to make the best bread;

  • Measure the ingredients accurately
  • Consider the temperature of ingredients as sometimes they need to be at room temperature or hot.
  • Mix the liquids
  • Let the bread cool before slicing it.

Wet ingredients you need for this recipe;

  • Eggs
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil

The dry ingredients necessary for this bread;

  • White bean flour
  • White rice flour
  • Potato starch
  • White sugar
  • Salt
  • Dried mixed Italian herbs
  • Active dry yeast
  • Chia or golden flaxseed mixture
  • Tapioca flour

Chia Grain-Free Bread

This bread is gluten-free and low carb. Chia is perfect for this recipe, and it makes a moist crumb. The bread has a light texture but firm and cuts thinly for sandwiches with ease. It also gives the bread a delicate flavour. The bread is healthy. It becomes much more comfortable and faster after making it for a while.

You need wet ingredients for the recipe, and they include;

  • Warm water
  • Olive oil
  • Organic apple cider vinegar
  • Organic eggs

Just whisk them together and put them in the bottom layer of the bread machine.

The dry ingredients to use are;

  • Gluten-free ground chia seeds
  • Gluten-free coconut flour
  • Salt
  • Cane sugar
  • Ground psyllium husks
  • Potato starch
  • Bean flour or millet flour
  • Almond meal flour
  • Dried milk.

Grind any significant bits, mix and sift them and then put in the second layer of the bread machine.

Additional ingredients for the top layer of the bread machine are;

  • SAF instant yeast

Recipe notes; making the chia bread

  • Ensure that the yeast is fresh.
  • The dough should be thicky and sticky.
  • After kneading, smooth the top to keep it warm.

Click here for more details

Perfect Gluten Free Bread

The bread is delicious and has an ideal and springy texture. It is soft and chewy and has a firm crust. It is simple and easy to make.

To make this bread, you will need;

  • Bread machine
  • Cooling rack
  • Oil or butter
  • 1 ¼ cups of water
  • Three eggs
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of honey and sugar
  • 3 ¼ cups of gluten-free baking flour
  • 2 teaspoons of active dry yeast

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 2 hours 25 minutes

Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes

The instructions on how to make the perfect bread;

  • Add the ingredient as on the list into the loaf pan.
  • Place the pan in the machine and set the gluten-free mode and then select start to start kneading.
  • After kneading, the dough will rise, and then it bakes.
  • The place on the cooling rack and slide the bread out. Then remove the paddle.
  • You can now enjoy it and store the leftovers.

Whole grain gluten-free

The bread is excellent, and you will enjoy it. If you want to make buns, use the dough setting and place the dough in the baking sheets.  Use wet fingers to smooth the loaf or muffins. You can also ease the dough before it rises.

Ingredients to make this bread include;

  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • ½ cup of millet flour
  • ½ cup of tapioca starch
  • ¼ cup of sweet rice flour
  • ¼ cup of teff flour
  • ¼ cup of ground flax
  • 2 tablespoons of psyllium husk
  • 2 ½ teaspoons of guar gum
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups of warm water
  • 3 tablespoons of canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon of white vinegar
  • 2 ¾ teaspoons of active dry yeast.
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ cup of milk powder
  • 3 tablespoons of white sugar

The instructions on preparing bread; (total time for this bread is 3 hours

  • In a bowl, mix all the flours, psyllium husk, ground flax, cornstarch and the guar gum.
  • Place the rest of the ingredient and the cornstarch mixtures as per the list. Stir them with a wooden spoon to combine yeast with the other ingredients.
  • On the machine, select the quick or rapid bake cycle for 2 hours. Then select the dark crust setting to bake for 50 minutes.

This fantastic and simple recipe is by Caroline Booy, and you can find it on allrecipes for more details on the preparation.

Gluten-free bread machine recipe

This bread recipe is by Sarah Nielsen. Best to eat it when warm and fresh. It is a tasty treat for the family. Click here for information which may not be on this article.

Ingredients necessary for this bread are;

  • Gluten-free flour mix
  • Active dry yeast
  • Kosher salt
  • Warm water
  • Eggs at room temperature
  • Olive oil or any other of choice

You can also include brown rice, sorghum and tapioca starch

Instructions;

  • In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients (Do not include the yeast).
  • In another bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, honey and water and add the flax mixture(ground flaxseed and boiling water) to them.
  • Pour the wet ingredients to the machine
  • Add the dry ingredients on top of them.
  • On the machine, select the gluten-free setting.
  • When the cycle is complete, remove the bread.
  • Let it cool completely then you can cut and serve.

Bottom Line;

With these fantastic gluten-free recipes, you can try them at your home. Sometimes, you might have to try more than once, but it is worth it and fun. Furthermore, the machine will be doing more of the work, and it is cheaper to make than buy.

Super Healthy Bread Machine Recipes

I’ve encountered most people who are passionate about bread making, and love to knead their own bread, maybe for relaxation or any other reason. As a mum, I prefer using a bread machine to make bread, since I don’t have to knead the dough myself and my kids love the smell of fresh bread coming from the bread machine. The good thing about making your own bread at home is that you know the ingredients in the bread, and also you can make fresh bread enough for one serving instead of buying it from the store. I had about two recipes in mind when I started making bread at home, but with some research on the web, I came up with some healthy bread recipes for making bread for your family which I think I should share with you guys. To start us off is my favorite honey whole sandwich bread recipe.

  1. Honey Whole Sandwich Bread

My kids love this sandwich bread, the smell alone coming from the bread machine sends them scrambling at the kitchen door. I love this bread because you use honey instead of sugar, which is healthy for you. Honey is beneficial to your health. The recipe is easy to follow.

Ingredients

  • Salt- ½ teaspoon
  • Honey – ¼ cup
  • Olive oil – 2 tablespoons, you can use melted butter as an alternative
  • Dry yeast – 2 ¼ tablespoon
  • Warm water – 1 ½ cups

Instruction

You should layer all the dry ingredients on the bread pan you may want to refer to your bread machines manual on how you should layer your dry ingredients. The wet ingredients should be placed on top of the dry ingredients, though I prefer bread machines that come with a separate area for placing the yeast. Lastly, press the whole wheat option in the machine, then start. You get 12 slices of a loaf in about 5 hours.

 

  1. A low carbohydrate bread recipe

One step in reducing the overall quantity of carbohydrates in your bread is the elimination of refined sugar. I’ve included soy whole grain flour, which is low in carbohydrates, and some flax seeds in the recipe.

Ingredients

  • Egg – 1
  • Butter – 1 tablespoon
  • Flax seeds- ½ cup
  • Soy flour – ¼ cup
  • Wheat flour – ¾ cup
  • Yeast – 1 tablespoon
  • Water – ½ cup
  • Splenda – 2 tablespoons (Splenda is a sugar substitute in this recipe)

Instruction

Press the wheat cycle on your bread machine, and mix all the ingredients in that order. The bread machine will begin the dough mixing. You also have the option of selecting the type of crust you prefer. I usually go for a light brown bread crust. These ingredients will give you a pound of a loaf after 4 ½ hours.

  1. Vegan Bread Recipe

Vegans are notorious for following a strict diet devoid of milk, egg, and cheese. They emphasize on raw vegetables and fruits. Here is how you can make vegan bread.

Ingredients

  • Water: 1 ¾ cup (The temperature should be about 110 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Salt: 1 ½ tablespoon
  • Extra virgin olive oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Unbleached flour: 4 cups
  • Dry yeast: 2 ¼ teaspoon

Instruction

The instructions are simple, another reason to use a bread machine. Go to your machines setting and select basic white bread course. About the crust, I usually go for a medium crust myself. These ingredients give you 2 pounds of bread. The whole process only takes 3 ½ hours.

  1. Oatmeal bread recipe

If your intention is to increase the overall fiber in your diet, then you should add high fiber foods in your ingredients, like oatmeal flour. Follow this link to know more about the benefits of fiber in your diet.

Ingredients

  • Warm water: 1 cup
  • Canola oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Sugar: 2 tablespoons
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Oatmeal: 1 cup
  • White wheat flour: 2 cups
  • Dry yeast: 2 teaspoons
  • Lemon juice: 1 teaspoon

Instructions

The ingredients should be added to the bread pan in that order. Go for a basic white course and the crust should be light. The weight of the loaf should be 1 ½ pound. The bread will be ready after 4 hours.

  1. Soaked wheat bread

Most of you are wondering why soak the bread? Well, the answer is simple; soaking the flour makes your body recognize the indigestible part of the grains. Follow this link for more information.

Ingredients

  • Water: 1 1/3 cups
  • Olive oil: 1 teaspoon
  • Honey: 3 tablespoons
  • Apple cider vinegar: 2 heaping
  • Whole wheat flour: 3 cups
  • Dry yeast: 1 ¾ teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 ½ teaspoon

Instructions

Place the ingredients on your bread pan in that order. This recipe will only work if your bread machine has a delay timer. This delay timer will make it soak the dough overnight. After soaking, press the whole wheat cycle setting on your machine. It will be ready in 3 hours.

  1. Whole wheat sandwich bread

Based on my research, flour from whole grains contains more nutrients than refined flour. That’s why I included this recipe.

Ingredients

  • Water: 2 tablespoon
  • Oil: 2 tablespoon
  • Salt: 2 teaspoon
  • Brown sugar: 1/3 cup
  • Whole wheat flour: 4 cups
  • Flax seeds: 2 tablespoon
  • Milk: 3 tablespoon
  • Yeast: 2 tablespoon

Instructions

The ingredients should be added to the bread machine’s pan in that order. Poke a hole in the middle of the ingredients and add yeast. (The reason for this is that when yeast mixes with salt in the presence of water, salt becomes an enzyme inhibitor during the breakdown of phytates) press the whole wheat setting on your machine and select a dark crust setting. The cook time is only 4 hour while the preparation time is 10 minutes.

  1. Quick Pumpkin Whole Wheat Bread

Pumpkin is a nutrient-rich fruit vegetable, and its addition to the whole wheat bread is good for your health. I like the yellowish tinge on the bread, it makes it look good.

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil: 1/3 cup
  • Eggs: 3
  • Pumpkin puree: 1 ½ cups
  • Sugar: 1 cup
  • Baking powder: 1 ½ teaspoon
  • Baking soda: ½ teaspoon
  • Salt: ¼ teaspoon
  • Ground cinnamon: ¾ teaspoon
  • Ground nutmeg: ¼ teaspoon
  • Ground ginger: ¼ teaspoon
  • Whole wheat flour: 3 cups
  • Chopped pecans or walnuts: ½ cup

Instruction

First, pre-mix the eggs, pumpkin puree, cooking oil and sugar in a bowl. Then spray the bread pan with a little cooking oil. After that stir in the spices, salt, flour and baking soda until they mix in the bread pan. Add the already pre-mixed mixture of pumpkin puree and chopped nuts in the bread pan. Set the machine to a quick bread cycle setting. It only takes around 2-3 hours and the loaf is ready to be served.

 

Finally

Bread can be served with any dish during breakfast, lunch, as a snack or an appetizer. I found them easy to master but it might take some time to experiment. If you liked any of the super healthy bread machine recipes, feel free to comment or share this article because sharing is caring.

Easy to make French Dessert Recipes for Kids

French desserts are fun and very delicious. Many people, when they think of French desserts, they imagine them to be fancy and complicated. But they don’t need to be. You need to start with the right ingredients and the right appliances, and you are good to go. They are easy to make.

Read through for some easy French dessert recipes for kids, and you will have some fun time with your little ones at home.

Cherry Clafoutis recipe

The recipe and simple, quick, and delicious. You layer the cherries in a buttered baking dish and cover in a vanilla-scented custard. It is best to serve it warm, but you can also allow the custard to cool and be firm. You can make many different Clafoutis just by varying the fruits.

The ingredients necessary are;

  • Cherries
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Butter

Substitutes and additions;

  • You can add baking powder to give the Clafoutis a little rise and to make the custard puffy.
  • Add some cinnamon with the flour, sugar, and salt for some extra flavor.
  • Use berries in equal amounts, but you can also use apples, pears, apricots, or plums.

Preparation time: 15minutes

Baking time: 45 minutes

You can get more information on this recipe by clicking on this link

Cinnamon sugar puff pastry Palmiers

It is a fast and super easy to make French dessert and kids will love it. It only requires a few ingredients.

Ingredients for this dessert are;

  • Puff pastry
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 16 minutes

Total time: 26 minutes

Instructions;

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degree Celsius. Use a parchment paper to line a cookie sheet.
  • Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
  • Unroll the pastry, roll to even it out, sprinkle with sugar mixture and then roll on top to trap sugar into the cake.
  • Roll the dough from the end to the middle and ensure they are even
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes and cut into slices. Bake until golden.
  • Let it cool and then serve.

For any information on this recipe by Rosemary, click this link

Creme Brulee recipe

A classic French dessert, easy to make and very delicious. It is best for special occasions and parties. It is a fantastic treat, and everyone in the family will love it. With silky and smooth vanilla custard with brittle caramel toppings.

The ingredients you need are;

  • Eggs yolks
  • Heavy cream
  • Salt
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Grand Marnier (optional)

Tools you require for this recipe;

  • Kitchen torch to make it easier to caramelize the topping.
  • Thermometer
  • Ramekins

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 50 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Tips for making this French recipe;

  • Use the thermometer to check if the custard has the right temperature. It is essential to be that way as overcooking the custard will result in a weird eggy texture.
  • Use a small kitchen torch.
  • Avoid covering the ramekins for the first hour in the fridge to avoid the condensed water from dripping into the custard. Cover after an hour with a plastic wrap.

For more details on this recipe by Julia click the link

Floating Island Dessert

It is an easy fun French dessert. It has a poached meringue floating on light vanilla custard with caramel sauce on top. It is sugar-free and a low carb recipe. It is a quick recipe. It is the best family dessert. The dessert is full of proteins. It is easy to customize it and make it a perfect dessert or even a snack for kids. For the toppings, you can add toasted coconut, berries, chocolate sauce, or any other kind.

The ingredients in preparing this recipe;

  • Eggs- split egg yolk from egg white
  • Full fat canned coconut milk or the regular cow milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • White sugar (or sugar-free crystal sweetener)
  • Sliced almonds and fresh raspberries(for decoration)

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

This recipe is by Carine. For information on the preparation and any other instructions click here

Rustic French Apple Tart

It consists of a thin layer of slices of apples on top of a buttery, flaky crust. This tart relies on dough that is foolproof and easy to roll to out. It cooks fast. You do not have to fuss over crimping the dough into a place; you fold it over the fruit.

Notes

  • Do not load the tart with extra apples. Use fewer apples in this recipe
  • Use only apples suitable for baking like Fuji, Gala

The ingredients include;

  • Salt
  • Sugar (granulated)
  • All-purpose flour
  • Unsalted butter (cold)
  • Water (icy)
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla extract
  • Apples ( large for baking)
  • Eggs
  • Apricot jelly or jam (optional for glaze)

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour

Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes (extra 20 minutes to chill)

This fantastic French recipe is by Jenifer Segal and for information on how to prepare the dessert, click this link

Wrapping up

French desserts come in delicious varieties, and we all love them. There are different recipes of French desserts that everyone can quickly try at home and above we have shared some easy French dessert recipes for kids that anyone can make. Enjoy!

Simple Bread Recipes with No Yeast

Simple bread recipes with no yeast

Bread without yeast is a quick bread. It is the best way to make homemade bread when you don’t have too much time on your side or when you are not ready for all the hassle.

To learn more about yeast and why it’s often used in bread machine recipes, read this article.

To make no yeast bread, it only involves combining the dry and wet ingredients and folding the mixtures for an even rise.

In these bread recipes, they use baking soda or baking powder to get a quick rise. Read through…

Brown Sugar bread

This recipe is easy to make, quick, and is full of flavors. It is a delicious breakfast or dessert. The brown sugar makes the bread to be moist, gives it the deepest color, and adds to the flavor. It is best to serve it warm.

The ingredients to include;

  • Baking powder
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Milk or buttermilk.
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable oil, canola oil or melted butter.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Recipe notes;

  • Consider mixing up this recipe to include extracts, nuts, fruits, oats, and also chocolate.
  • You can make the bread in a 2-1 pound loaf pan. If you have a one loaf pan, just cut the recipe in half and bake to about 50 minutes.
  • You can also use self-rising flour, but you will have to omit salt and baking powder.

The fantastic brown sugar bread is by Julie Blanner. Click on this link for more information on how to prepare the bead.

Cinnamon bread

The cinnamon bread is a sweet treat for breakfast or an afternoon snack. This recipe yields multiple loaves and so it perfect for holiday and parties. It is simple and easy to make bread with cinnamon sugar. The center of the cinnamon bread is tender, and it has a crunchy exterior.

The ingredients will include;

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Pure vanilla extracts

Recipes notes;

  • If you do not have buttermilk, you can use milk with lemon juice or white vinegar.
  • You will need extra sugar and cinnamon for sprinkling on top and coating the pan.
  • Before baking ensure that the pan is 2/3 to ¾ full of batter. Also, set the pan over a baking sheet with foil.
  • Watch the baking time closely and make sure to test for doneness early enough.

This recipe is by Samantha at Five Heart Home, and you can click here to know about the instructions and any other additional information regarding the method.

Beer bread

It is a no-knead bread recipe and requires no baking skills. It is quick, easy, and tasty. It uses only three ingredients. It does not have a strong beer taste, and even kids can have it. You can eat it on its own, with soup or chill and also toasting with butter and jam. The beer has yeast, and this helps the bread to rise.

The beer bread ingredients are;

  • Self-rising flour
  • Room temperature beer
  • Sugar
  • Salt (optional)

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes

Tips and recipe notes for the beer bread

  • Sugar gives the food a good flavor, but you can still omit it.
  • You can add raisins or cinnamon to give the bread a sweet taste and dried herbs and cheese to make it spicy.
  • Store any leftovers in a plastic wrap or foil in a cool, dry place for some days.

The beer bread recipe by Blair is from the food blog The Seasoned Mom. For additional information on the method click here

Emergency no yeast bread

It is a no yeast, egg-free, no-rise bread recipe. It is quick, easy, and straightforward, and anyone can bake it. The method uses only four essential ingredients. It does not need a strong bread flour as the dough does not require kneading to develop the gluten. This recipe will give you a hearty and rustic loaf

Essential ingredients for this bread;

  • All-purpose flour
  • Plain milk or a 50;50 mixture of yogurt and water
  • Baking powder
  • Salt

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Tips and recipe notes for this bread recipe are;

  • The dough must be a flat pancake, not more than 3 cm deep when it goes into the oven for it to cook properly in the middle.
  • For a vegan loaf, use soy or nut milk and add lemon juice before mixing the dough.
  • The recipe cannot use gluten-free wheat flour.
  • It is best to enjoy the bread while fresh, but you can still freeze it.

Helen Best-Shaw with the blog Fuss Free Flavours is behind this fantastic recipe. Here is the link to this recipe.

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What does a Bread Machine do?

People have been using the oven for baking bread.  But, more people are turning to a particular bread machine in making fresh bread at home. A bread machine is a kitchen appliance to use when baking bread, and it’s an excellent investment because who doesn’t like a freshly baked bread?

However, making bread can be a tedious task and time-consuming and may result in subpar loaves of bread. With the bread machine, you get consistent results, and it eases the workload when making bread.

Continue reading to find out what the bread machine does and how it enhances the bread-making process.

Bread machine baking options;

The device can make most types of bread including;

  1. White, brown or seed bread;

Bread machines can make these loaves. Some of them come with setting for baking rye bread. When baking white bread, there are many choices of loaf sizes, baking programs, and also the crust finishes. The machine will produce a meal with a soft and light texture, evenly brown and with no bumps.

  1. Gluten-free bread;

With the many models available, some makes cater specifically for the needs of healthy-eating people. A machine with a gluten-free setting is best for baking this bread. It allows making gluten-free bread using unique recipes. It is ideal for people who have coeliac disease (a condition from the intolerance of gluten) and have to go gluten-free.

  1. Specialty bread;

Some machines come with recipes for making inventive bread and the standard white, brown and whole meal. For those looking to impress at a party or visitors at home, they can bake any bread they want. You can cook either with the raw ingredients or using bread mixes.

What else to make with a bread machine;

A bread machine is a versatile kitchen appliance. It is not limited to baking bread only. You can use your bread machine to make other things, but there are some limitations. The devices have special features to make baking easier. There are even machines with special tools to help in mixing solid ingredients.  Here are some of the meals you can make with the bread machine;

 

  • You can make fruit or vegetable butter; it is a functional appliance for making these butter. The slow and steady heat in the machine helps in developing the sugars in the fruits.
  • Making tomato sauce; the machine has agitation components that make it suitable for the sauce.
  • Jam; the machine is suitable for making jam. The sugar and fruit need to cook at high temperatures.
  • Baking cakes; the machines are good at baking cakes. There are some models with ‘bake-only’ setting and have a selection of recipes for a start. Most of the devices do not mix the ingredients. You will still do the stirring, beating and folding. The machine will only take care of the baking cycle. Before adding the cake mixture, remove the kneading paddle and line the pan with parchment paper.
  • Making dough; in case you need to bake buns or croissants, the kneading paddle in the machine will do the kneading for you. That leaves with you with just letting the dough rise and then baking it in the oven.
  • Making pasta; the machine can mix and knead pasta dough. You will still have to use a pasta machine to roll and flatten it and cook as usual.

Different kinds of bread machines;

There are different bread-making devices available in the market. Each of them serves a particular purpose. Bread machines make pieces of bread the shape of the container. The common types of bread machines include;

  • Horizontal;

The bread machine bakes loaves horizontally positioned.  It has two kneading paddles inside the bread tin. Most bread from the bakery is flat.

  • Vertical;

It has only one kneading paddle. The bread machine tin has an upright shape, and so it bakes vertical bread.

  • Large;

This made machine is most suitable for prominent families. It can produce up to 3 loaves of bread enough to feed everyone.

  • Small;

It is small and does not take much of the counter space and can make bread enough for only a few people. Most suitable for people who don’t overeat food or with a limited kitchen space.

Benefits of using Bread Machines;

Bread machines are not a necessity, but, there are many advantages of owning one to make bread.

  • It is easy;

Baking bread using a bread machine is an easy task. You only have to choose the options you desire. The mixing, rising, and baking will happen inside the bread maker, and so there is no mess.

  • You get to enjoy a freshly home-baked bread;

The machine has a timer function. It allows for one to set the baking cycles at different time. It is useful when one wants to have bread for breakfast. Also, since it is fresh, you will love eating it, and it’s healthier.

  • Saves money;

Having a bread machine can save you money in the long-term compared to buying it every time you need it. Especially to those with any dietary restrictions, baking at home is better. The machine cost is just a fraction of the cost of buying bread from the bakery. It ends paying for itself.

  • Great taste and quality;

Since you are making it, you can ensure that the ingredients are fresh and of high quality. You cannot compare it in terms of taste and quality with mass-produced bread from the store.

  • Different kinds of bread;

A bread machine can make various kinds of food like; gluten-free, whole wheat, and many others.

  • Control;

You have the control of what you eat as you can control the components to include in your loaf. It is useful to people with allergies and must control the intakes of ingredients.

 

Wrapping up;

Bread machines are not a must, but they are convenient, especially to those who bake almost every day. With the many bread machine recipes available, you can get a different bread each time. And furthermore, it is more satisfying to make your bread than buy it. To those thinking of investing in a bread machine, it’s a worth investment and the market has enough options to choose.

Making and Baking Bread in an Instant Pot

An instant pot, also known as the instapot, is one of those all-in-one devices that every kitchen should have! This is because, it’s not only versatile, but also makes delicious meals quite fast as it has a pressure-cooking function.

And, unlike with most stovetop pressure cookers, there is no safety concerns with an instant pot as it features a lid that stays locked till all the pressure is released.

The purpose of this article is to guide you on how to make bread in an instant pot. Whether you have just bought the instant pot, or you have had it for a while and now you want to try making an instant pot bread, read through for a helpful guide and instapot using tips.

Disclaimer!

Instant pots don’t have a baking mode. But, you can still make a warm and soft instapot bread that looks and tastes better than what you get from your local bakery. However, you have to use the right recipe and follow the instructions keenly to get the best results.

 

Instant Pot bread ingredients;

When making bread in an instant pot you will need simple ingredients such as;

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 cup regular whole-wheat flour
  • ½ tablespoons salt or 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • One ¼ teaspoons yeast or ½ teaspoons yeast(active dry yeast)
  • Seasonings (but it is not a must). You can sprinkle Italian seasonings before cooking or spread garlic glaze if you want garlic bread before toasting it.

Kitchen tools to use;

  • Instant Pot
  • Saucepan
  • Measuring cup and spoon
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoon

 

Instructions to follow when making an instapot bread;

  • To start, line with parchment paper and grease a 6-8″ cake pan. Ensure that the container can fit well inside the Instant Pot.
  • Place the trivet inside the Instant Pot and then add a cup of warm water.
  • Mix the water, yeast, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Allow the yeast to proof. Give it about 3 minutes, and it will begin to foam. Then, start to add the flour all over the counter and shape the dough.
  • Since this recipe does not require kneading, mix the dough by hand, and ensure there is no appearance of dry patches.
  • In the cake pan, fold out the ready dough.
  • Place the cake pan in the Instant Pot and lid on top. The cover does not need to be secured.
  • Select the ‘keep warm’ setting on the Instant Pot and for about 2 hours allow the dough to rise.
  • After the dough doubles in size, refrigerate it or continue baking. If it hasn’t doubled, proof for another 30 minutes.
  • You can now secure the Instant Pot lid and select the manual setting, bake for 45 minutes.
  • When the time is up, perform a full natural release.
  • For those who desire a golden brown look, they can toast the loaf of bread under the broiler of an oven for a few minutes.
  • Remove bread and let it cool before slicing and serving. If there are any leftovers, store them at room temperature in an airtight container or bag or cover them. The bread is best the first day but can last up to five days and then it will begin to dry.

Shaping the dough for an Instant Pot bread;

It can be hard for both new and experienced bread bakers but here is how to do it;

  • Toss some flour on the kitchen counter of pastry board if you have it.
  • Dump out the dough carefully from the container or cooking pot.
  • Sprinkle some flour over the dough.
  • Flip over the dough either using your hands or a bench knife.
  • Twirl the dough into a Boule using your hands.

The pairing of an Instant Pot bread

A fresh instant pot bread has a soft and warm texture and very easy to enjoy it on its own. But, one can also enjoy it alongside other foods like;

  • Sandwiches
  • Stews
  • French toast
  • Soups

Tips for when making an Instant Pot bread;

  • Always ensure to weigh each ingredient correctly to ensure perfect results.
  • Combine the flour with water gently to mix it well.
  • The flour absorbs the liquid while resting.
  • When you reshape the bread, let it rest for 30 minutes or there about
  • Cook the dough until the spots are dark. This lets you know when your bread is perfectly cooked.
  • Place the bread on a baking rack after removing it from the oven. This gives it time to cool as desired without absorbing moisture, unlike if you were to put it on a plate.
  • Only cut into the bread after it has cooled. It will need time to rest.

Instant Pot to proof bread dough

Proofing of dough in an instant pot helps save a lot of time. Creating a warm and humid setting for the mixture slows the yeast to produce carbon dioxide gas, which causes the stretching of the gluten and also creates air pockets. It will raise the dough and give it a light and chewy texture.

One can also use the instant pot bread proofing technique to proof any bread recipe even when planning to cook them in the oven. It accelerates the proofing in a controlled environment.

 

Bottom Line;

An instant pot is great for cooking various foods and it helps save time, money, and energy. If you are the adventurous type in the kitchen, there is so much that you can try with an instant pot.

When making instant pot bread, you can try as many recipes as you wish, till you get that that quenches your thirst for a freshly made bread. However, to avoid disappointments, get your instapot bread recipes from reliable sources and follow them keenly. Also, make sure that you are using the correct settings.

Making Bread without using Yeast or Baking Powder

Do you always need yeast or baking powder to make bread? No. It is possible to make a bread without yeast or baking powder. It is one of the ancient ways of making breads because yeast was not produced then.

So, how does it work? Simply put, once you mix the flour and the water, the final product is what’s known as a sourdough. It is as a result of fermentation that takes place once your mixture picks up enough natural bacteria from the atmosphere. And, at this point, you won’t need other additions and you will be ready to make your bread.

Note: Breads produced this way, without yeast or baking powder, have a far superior flavor compared to the commercially produced. HOWEVER, making your own sourdough takes a few days, but the result is worth the wait.

And, apart from the above method, the sourdough process, there are many, quicker, and simple ways of making bred without yeast or baking powder.

This article aims to show you how to make bread without yeast or baking powder and here are a few recipes that you can follow:

 

Unleavened bread (Egg Matzah);

We know the unleavened food from different cultures. This bread is flat and quick to make. It is still delicious, and most people love to eat it. One can also serve this bread in many ways.

The ingredients you need to make this bread include;

  • ½ cup of honey
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • ¼ cup of vegetable oil
  • One egg
  • ½-1 teaspoon of salt
  • 4-5 cups of all-purpose flour

Instructions;

  • Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Use a parchment paper to line two baking sheets. You can also use a nonstick cooking spray or aluminum foil.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add oil, salt, water, egg, and honey and stir them to mix them evenly. Instead of the standard vegetable oil, you can use melted butter or canola oil. Before mixing the ingredients, break the egg by pressing the yolk with the mixing spoon. It will make it easier for the yolk to blend into the rest of the mixture.
  • To the other ingredients, add a cup of flour at a time. Ensure to mix well to incorporate the flour thoroughly. After blending in at least 4 cups of flour, knead the flour until it forms a stiff and elastic dough.
  • With your hands, divide into two halves the dough. Then separate them to form quarters and then again into three equal balls. You can also consider separating the mixture in three or four portions and cut them to size after rolling the dough flat.
  • Roll out each ball using a floured rolling pin. Before handling the dough, the hands should have some flour, cooking spray or oil.
  • Poke even holes on the surface of each portion of dough using a regular fork. Do not leave more than 1-inch space in between rows. If the mixture is in large pieces, use a sharp knife to divide them into about 12 evenly sized rectangles.
  • Place the portions of dough on the baking sheets and then sit them in a preheated oven. Bake until it is golden brown around the edges and the surface. Ensure it does not cook for too long otherwise, it will become hard and unpleasant.
  • Remove the bread from the oven and transfer it to a wire rack to cool. It is best to enjoy it while fresh. Store the food in a plastic bag for some days.

 

  • Lavash Bread;

It is a flatbread popular in Turkey and Iran. For the best results, always ensure to roll the dough out thinly.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour

Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes

 

The ingredients include;

  • 2/3 cup of water
  • One teaspoon of salt
  • One teaspoon of caster sugar
  • One egg white and two beaten
  • 30g of melted butter
  • Two tablespoons of sesame seeds
  • 2 ½ cups of plain flour

Instructions for making Lavash bread;

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Stir together salt, flour, and sugar in a large bowl. Then add water, the melted butter, and one egg white. Mix them well to make a stiff dough. For 5 minutes, knead until the mixture is smooth.
  • Divide the dough into ten balls and roll each on a surface with some flour until it is paper-thin. You can place them on a baking tray without oil. Then brush them with egg white and also sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • You can bake them in batches in a preheated oven for 10-15 minutes until it is brown.

 

  • Cloud Bread;

It is a low carb, gluten-free, and grain-free bread. It is light and fluffy, almost cloud-like. It uses only four ingredients, but one can still add herbs and spices to add flavor. You can consider adding bagel seasonings or shredded cheese on top. You can also add onion powder or garlic powder to the mixture before baking. The main ingredients are eggs and cream cheese. To create the bread structure, separate the eggs, and whisk the whites. The bread must sit overnight before eating to allow it to soften. The food can stay in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

The cloud bread ingredients are;

  • ¼ teaspoons of salt
  • ¼ teaspoons of tartar
  • Three tablespoons of softened cream cheese
  • Three eggs, separated

Instructions;

  • Preheat the oven to 149 degrees Celsius and then lining with parchment paper two baking sheets.
  • Whisk the cheese, salt and egg yolks in a large bowl until smooth.
  • Add cream of tartar with egg whites in a bowl of a stand mixer, and beat them until the eggs form stiff peaks.
  • Fold the egg yolk mixture into egg whites and mix them well until no egg white streaks remain. Don’t use a mixer as it may remove the air whipped in by the egg whites.
  • Divide the mixture using a large spoon into 12 even circles on the ready baking sheets. Bake until the surface turns golden brown. Then place the pieces of bread on a wire rack for them to cool.
  • Once cool, seal them overnight on the counter. The bread will become soft and bread-like.

Bottom Line;

When looking to make a tasty treat for the family, you can consider some of the above recipes. You don’t have to forgo the whole idea of making homemade bread simply because you don’t have or don’t take yeast or baking powder.

How does a Bread Machine work?

As much as we love freshly homemade bread, the process of making it can be quite demanding at times especially when you have other things to do.

But, thanks to bread making machines, everyone can make their preferred bread, quickly and perfectly. However, bread making machines can be tricky to use, especially when working with different recipes, and also given that different models and brands come with different settings.

This article focuses on answering the question; how does bread machine work? And we will look at the basics of how a bread making machine works to help you navigate through the settings no matter the type you come across.

Some features of the bread machines

Bread machines come in different features. Some of its useful parts include;

  • Bread pan

The machine has a non-stick pan. It has the kneading paddle, rotating shaft and a handle for lifting the pan. Always use plastic on this surface.

  • Cool wall

It is an insulated outer wall to stop the surfaces from getting too hot when baking.

  • Kneading paddle

It mixes ingredients in the bread pan and kneads them into the dough. After the kneading cycle, it collapses and will leave a hole in the bottom of the bread. There are some machines with twin paddles, and this will create a rectangular bread.

  • Viewing window

It is only useful for those who want to see the bread as it bakes and checks on the progress.

  • Alerts when the bread is ready

It is not a vital feature, but useful if you will be busy around the house and want to hear an alert when it is complete.

  • The bread measuring accessories

There are bread machines that come with measuring beaker and spoon. These are helpful to get the recipe right.

Bread machines setting include

  • The control panel

It has a menu to select the size of the loaf, the type of flour, the choice of shade of the crust colour. It is an essential factor for all bread machines and in making great bread.

  • The delay setting

Most machines come with a 13-hour delay setting option. It is helpful if you want fresh bread in the morning. You will have to set the machine before going to bed, and it will be ready when you wake up.

  • Rapid bake setting

This setting is helpful when you are making the bread in a hurry. The bread will bake faster. For best results, it needs to be longer.

  • Automatic dispenser

It is useful where one needs to add ingredients like nuts or fruits.

The steps involved when making bread using the bread machine are

  1. Setting the machine

To start, remove the bread pan from the machine. It should not be near wet or hot surfaces. Fit the kneading blade to the middle of the bread pan. Ensure it is locked.

  1. Get the ingredients

The necessary ingredients to make bread in a bread machine are yeast, flour, sugar, salts, liquids and fats.

  • The yeast; the yeast here is usually the active dry yeast. You do not have to use rapid rise yeast.
  • Flour; bread flour is better. It is from hard wheat, and so it has more gluten than the regular all-purpose flour.
  • Salt; it is necessary as it regulates the processing of rising. It also adds flavour.
  • Sugar or honey; they soften the dough and the bread. They also help to get brown bread and to have a crispy crust.
  • The liquid ingredients need to be at room temperature; It is vital if you are using the rapid cycle.
  • Fats are vital in preventing the dough from sticking on the non-stick bread pan. It also makes the bread softer. You can use butter, bacon grease, margarine or oil, they will the same results.
  1. Adding the ingredients

Ensure that you measure the exact amount of the ingredients before putting them in the machine to get good results. If you are mixing and baking the dough right away, you can add the ingredients in any order. However, the order is essential if you are using the delay cycle settings. Usually, the liquid ingredients come first into the bread pan. Then add the flour and cover all the liquids completely. Now add the rest of the dry ingredients sugar, salt, seasonings. For the yeast, you make a well at the centre of the flour and sprinkle it there.

  1. Mixing and kneading

After adding the ingredients, then select a program for the bread machine to follow. Most bread machines have some set programs available at the touch of a button. One of them is mixing and kneading. The machine will start mixing the ingredients with the dough book for some time. It will then let the dough rest to develop its gluten, and then the hook will begin turning again, to knead the dough.

  1. Rising

The bread machine’s thermostat raises the temperature around the dough to allow the bread to rise for an appropriate amount of time. When it is complete, the machine will now go into the baking mode.

  1. Baking the bread

The microchip that controls the machine’s thermostat will raise the temperature again. It will do this to bake the bread. The bread will cook for the time that you have set the machine will beep when complete. Press stop. Using some heat protector, remove the bread pan from the machine and place it onto a cooling rack to release the bread from the pan. Let the bread cool for about 30 minutes to 1 hour, and it will be ready for eating. Let the machine cool as well before cleaning it.

The rules for using a bread machine are

  • Always clean it every time you use it.
  • Before any maintenance or cleaning, the machine must be unplugged and completely cool
  • When cleaning, ensure you do not pour any liquids directly in the machine.

Cleaning the bread machine

Care for the machine to prolong its life. It does not take much time.

  • Remove any crumbs or residue from the bread pan and on the machine’s heating element.
  • Clean the heating element with a soft cloth gently.
  • Clean the baking pan and the kneading paddles using warm water, soap and a soft cloth. Avoid using chemicals.
  • Use plastic utensils to scoop ingredients in and out of the bread machine.
  • Ensure the parts are dry before putting them in the machine.

Conclusion

The bread machine is mainly for making bread, and they make the process easier. They are simple to use once you get comfortable with adjusting the settings as per your requirements. And the most important of all is you get great bread.