Bread makers are not as high-tech as they are believed to be. In fact, they are quite simple in application once you know how it works. A break maker is a kitchen appliance that can help you prepare your bread from the scratch. It not only mixes and kneads but also bakes your bread. Eating home baked bread is naturally healthier because you are in full control of the ingredients. You will be happy to know that a bread maker will not only make your bread but can also help you prepare dough for pasta, pizza, cake and even jam!
If you are wondering how to get around to using your bread maker, the instructions below will help you get started. Needless to say, the instructions may vary from model to model. However, it will give you a general idea about how to operate the machine. You can always use the instructions manual for specific steps.
Know your bread maker
- You may wonder why this is important but you cannot work a machine that you do not understand. Check its capacity, its features, the kind of bread it allows you to make, the crust control settings etc. This will help you have realistic expectations from your bread maker. It is also important to check the cycle your bread maker will undertake in preparation of your bread. For example, if you want to bake a whole wheat bread, the process will be different from baking a white bread. There are also some machines that come with added features such as crust control. Familiarizing yourself with the machine will allow you to customize your bread as per your preference.
- When you are well acquainted with the machine, it is time to put the ingredients together. By now you would know that the main ingredients to prepare bread includes flour, water, yeast etc. that need to sit at room temperature before you begin the process. Some machines even allow you to use the ingredients straight from your fridge, rather than waiting for it to come down to the room temperature. However, this is why it is important to know your bread maker because it helps you in the prep work.
Mix the ingredients
- Once you have the bread components in right composition, it is time to add them to the maker. Most bread makers come with detailed instructions that tell you the order in which the ingredients must be added. The first thing is to start with liquids and then adding the other dry ingredients to the mix.
Set the bread maker
- As you add all your ingredients to the machine, it is time to set the machine as per the cycles you want. Depending upon the type of bread, you will need to adjust the crust settings in your machine. You can also check your manual and recipe book for more information about the settings.
Start the process
- After you have chosen the settings, you must push the start button to start the preparation. If your machine allows you to use ingredients straight from the refrigerator, then don’t be surprised if nothing happens for the first hour. It will start mixing the ingredients as soon as they reach the desired temperature.
Check again before you bake
- Sometimes bread makers allow you to remove the kneading blade before the baking starts. If it does, then you can prevent the unsightly hole at the bottom of your baked bread.
Take out the bread
- Once the bread is finished baking, it is important to remove it immediately. First remove the pan and then take out the bread. This is important because leaving the bread inside the bread maker after it is done will harden the crust more than you want. Most machines also come with a “keep warm” option. This will keep the bread fresh for longer. However, it is still advised to remove it immediately.
Clean the bread maker
- for any home appliance to run longer, it is important to maintain it properly. This involves cleaning the pan after it has cooled. You can use a dishwasher to clean it if your manufacturer says it is dishwasher-friendly. However, the best way is to clean it with hands to prevent the damage of the coating.