I was driving along a country road on Friday and the sign Estate Sale called me. Among the offerings was a library of books on Oriental Art for sale but I did not succumb to those. For some reason, there was a Bread Machine that said ‘ take me!’Last year I bid on a bread machine on Ebay , but lost to a higher bidder. I was not sure how often I would use such a machine, so I did not want to spend big bucks on a new model and thought I’d try a test run on a used machine. Now was another chance, but the asking price of $60.00 seemed stiff. I passed it up. Using the “new economy” frame of mind, I wanted it, but didn’t have to have it.. But some things, like your daily bread, are triggers to desires. I went back the next day, and made an offer and got it for $35.00. Lucky for me, no one else HAD to have it!
There is an art to making bread. Kneading is a soulful process. The patience required for the rising of the bread is rewarded. The bread machine takes a lot of that out of the process, I admit. But look at the flip side – ease! First place liquid ingredients in, then add the flour.
I closed the lid, pushed a button and pretty much walked away for a few hours!! The little window on the top of the machine satisfied the urge to see what was going on. I tended to the dahlias, picked the tomatoes which are beginning to wane.
So far, I am a fan of this $35.00 machine! I will now try some whole grain flours and test new recipes! The husband was quite pleased with the large French toast made from the LARGE loaf .