Posted 11/21/2012 18:19 (#2709600 - in reply to #2708877) Subject: Re: Bread machines...Tell me about yours.
I find a lot of good bread recipes on allrecipe.com or just a generic Google search. I start the bread dough using the regular paddle and just work up the flour. When it gets too stiff for the paddle, I'll switch tot he dough hook. I played with my sister K-A before I bought mine. She has the standard 5 qt tip up one that the box stores sell. After trying hers, I bought a narrow bowl 5 qt bowl lift on eBay. I like the dough hook better on it than the cheap ones. After I mix in all the four till it looks about right, I'll put it in a greased bowl. I use the spray can cooking oil. Hit both sides, plastic wrap the top and then the proofing trick. If you have a 2 bowl sink it works best. Fill the sink with hot water and float the bowl in it. I have a cutting board big enough to cover it to keep the heat in. After about an hour, that dough is perfect. When I do cinnamon rolls, or my cinnamon swirl bread, I use the bigger side of my sink and do the second rise in hot water as well. I do my own pizza crust every Tuesday night as well. I've done bagels, soft pretzels, cinnamon rolls, cinnamon bread, dinner rolls, Italian bread, French bread. Best part is, I can also make cakes, cookies, banana bread, frosting, all kinds of things in it. All I ever got out of my bread machine was bricks of bread that were too hard to eat the next day.