I Love My Bread Machine Cookbook Review

I Love My Bread Machine Cookbook Review

Title: I Love My Bread Machine: More Than 100 Recipes For Delicious Home Baking
Author: Anne Sheasby
Published: September 19, 2017, Nourish
No. of Pages: 176
Cover Price: $19.95 Paperback, $9.99 Kindle

Everyone who loves homemade bread, but wants to save time, should invest in an automatic bread machine. And with that machine, most will want to purchase one or two good cookbooks with ideas and hints, as well as recipes. I Love My Bread Machine: More Than 100 Recipes For Delicious Home Baking, by UK author Anne Sheasby, is one of those cookbooks.

Sheasby has included very unique recipes for all different kinds of breads. Some are written to simply mix and bake in the bread machine, but many instruct you to make the dough in the machine and then shape and bake in the regular oven. Sheasby features a Pesto Parmesan Pull-Apart that turned out perfectly, and was instantly devoured. Another excellent bread that turns out well is the Cheese & Sesame Seed Cobb. There are basic loaves like the delicious Farmhouse Loaf and the Home-Style Wholemeal Bread. You can experiment with Scottish Baps, Naan Breads, and Pains au Chocolat.

Although her instructions are precise and tell you to put certain ingredients in different corners of the pan, I found that it was unnecessary – the ingredients just need to go in as directed by the bread machine manufacturer (most start with liquid, then flour, etc., layered with the yeast on top). There was no difference in the finished product whether I put certain ingredients in corners, or just threw them in. There are a few recipes (Marbled Chocolate Tea Bread, for one) that you mix in a mixing bowl on your counter and remove the kneading blade. Then you turn the machine to a bake-only setting (which none of my 12 machines seem to have), and bake your loaf in the machine. To my mind, that defeats the purpose of having the machine. Why take the time to mix the dough outside of the machine when the machine can do it for you? It takes no effort to put dough in a pan and bake it in the oven, so why bake something you’ve already mixed in a machine on the counter? The whole idea is to save time and clean-up by doing most of it in the machine

All told, however, this cookbook contains excellent pictures, well-written instructions, an excellent variety of breads that will have wide appeal, and plenty of great ideas and helpful hints for successful use of the bread machine. It’s a great book that will most likely be used often.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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