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    I, too, love the bread machine. The main time I use it is before Christmas to make sticky bun dough. It is so much easier and less messy for me. I stopped making the wonderful whole wheat bread because I was the only one who ate it and I don't need it! So I stopped. But I loved the loaves, would slice them and keep several slices in the refrigerator for breakfast toast. Now I'm thinking maybe I should do that again...but this round body says ,"Not a good idea!"

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    Coincidentally with Rogar and razz, I have a loaf of pain de mie proofing as I write this.

    It seemed timely during a pandemic to stay in and bake pain de mie. <wink>.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dado potato View Post
    Coincidentally with Rogar and razz, I have a loaf of pain de mie proofing as I write this.

    It seemed timely during a pandemic to stay in and bake pain de mie. <wink>.
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    Another fan of the bread machine. We make all our breads and pizza and it is a huge time saver.
    It does take a little more work than dump & go, though. I always check the dough after the first 10 minutes to make sure the flour-water ratio is good. Wet doughs do not bake well in the bread machine - they tend to fall. Also, about 3/4 tsp yeast is plenty for most bread machine loaves - recipes sometimes call for a lot more, which can also make the loaf fall. Mine is a horizontal-loaf Kenmore that I got for $7 at the thrift store.

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    Have a bread machine I never use. I mostly make no knead bread, but occasionally make pain de mie in my food processor (and let rise in a bowl before putting it into the pain de mie pan). I make very wet doughs for no knead- typically 1:2 water to flour ratio. Time is best- the longer time I have, the less yeast I use and the wetter dough and the better the product.

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    Pulled my starter out this morning and will probably just make a small loaf for the week. Even before all the virus stuff started, had trouble finding unbleached white flour. Turns out there was a recall a couple months back and just recently seems to have depleted my store - or at least, that is my guess. Mostly use whole wheat, but still use some unbleached white to feed the starter.
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    I've decluttered my bread machine(s), but because the last 3 times I've been to the store the bread aisles are cleared out, I picked up some yeast and some bread flour to have on hand. Might be a fun project this weekend to make a loaf or two.
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    Thanks everyone. I don't have a stand mixer or food processor so if I was making bread it would all be by hand. Or buy Gardnr's $150 maker. Which I might be too cheap to buy. I'm going to give the manual approach a try this week. My upper body strength sucks, so it would be good for me to do it. I found lots of good recipes on the King Arthur website, including a no-knead recipe. I like that you can choose filters on that site, like dairy-free, and see only those recipes. The reviewers usually have good tips too.

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    If you can venture out, the thrifts might have bread makers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneV2.0 View Post
    If you can venture out, the thrifts might have bread makers.
    We have really crappy thrift stores here. I don't know why. I used to find great deals and good stuff, but now all I see is junk and a lot of brand new packaged socks. ??? And everything is expensive. I do much better shopping at Target and Ross. It's a shame. My theory is that everything they collect is shipped somewhere and then distributed from there because whenever I drop stuff off I see them loading it into a big truck, it never goes in the store. We must be on the crappy delivery list.

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