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5 Reasons Why You Might Want a Bread Machine

Are you wondering if you need a bread machine? Read about these 5 reasons why you might want a bread machine.

I LOVE mine and I think you will, too.

Updated March 2020.

bread dough beside bread machine--Reasons Why I'm in Love With My Bread Maker Machine

Have you ever eaten bread made and baked in a bread machine?

Were you impressed? If not, let me encourage you to take another look.

How I use a bread machine to get dependable results every time

Use the dough cycle for mixing, kneading, and the first rise. Remove dough, shape it, let it rise again, and finally, bake the bread in a conventional oven.

You may or may not have noticed most of the yeast bread recipes on this blog are written for a bread machine. Not only do I love how easy it makes bread, but apparently, I don’t need to knead.

Bread Machine Secrets


Are the benefits of making bread by hand overrated?

Probably not. If that’s what you prefer, my hat’s off to you. Please invite me over when your bread comes out of the oven and I’ll help you eat it.

Nevertheless, the alleged therapeutic advantages of using my own two hands to work the dough are wasted on me.

My impatience rarely allows it, and my penchant for quality bread demands the consistency of a bread machine.

Nonetheless, if you love making bread by hand or even with a stand mixer, far be it from me to try to talk you out of whatever works for you.

On the other hand, when you want homemade bread you can count on to be ready at mealtime, try using a bread machine to mix and knead the dough. With practice, you can expect good texture, height, and superb flavor.

Did you notice I didn’t say “bake” the bread in your bread machine in the last paragraph?

Three reasons I don’t care for bread “baked” in a bread maker:

  1. I’m not fond of strangely shaped bread and/or the unsightly hole left in the bottom of the loaf where the blade was inserted.
  2. The crust is often thick and tough.
  3. Usually, I want dinner rolls or some kind of specialty shape so actually baking in a bread machine is not even a choice.

So here we go…

5 Reasons why you should get a bread machine:

#1

Simple assembly. Simple clean-up.

First, dump all ingredients in at once. No need to dissolve the yeast. Then, close the lid keeping the flour mess inside. The result? Only one pan and one blade to clean.

unmixed ingredients in bread machine pan

#2

Less hands-on time.

 unsliced bread--one mixed by hand and other mixed in bread machine; comparison pic
Hands-on time:  20 minutes +             vs.                  Hands-on time: 5 minutes

3.

Bread rises higher and texture is finer.

(See post by King Arthur Flour for similar experiment and results) Just take a look at the Sweet-Milk Soft White Bread on the right below.

comparison of bread kneaded by hand and bread kneaded in a bread machine
Left: Mixed and Kneaded by Hand            Right: Mixed and Kneaded in a Bread                                                                               Machine

4.

Minimal attention to the process is required.

dough mixed in bread maker machine pan
Dough after mixing and kneading; before rising. Look Ma! No hands.

For this reason alone, I prefer a bread machine over a stand mixer although a Kitchen Aid will do a nice job once you get the hang of it.

Changing mixing speeds and blades are a non-issue with a bread machine.

Furthermore, you will no longer need to grease a bowl, find a cover, or look for a warm place for the proofing stage.

The bread machine takes care of the mixing automatically. A peek or two under the lid about 5-10 minutes into the dough cycle is all that’s necessary.

risen dough in bread maker machine pan
Bread dough after proofing (rising), ready to be shaped.

5.

Bread machines have useful timers.

pizza dough made in a bread machine
My Favorite Pizza Dough works great in a bread machine.

You can do cool things like having My Favorite Pizza Dough ready to roll out when you walk in the door from a long day at work.

Another example…

I often throw ingredients for My Favorite Dinner Rolls into the bread machine pan before church. Upon arriving home 2-3 hours later, the risen dough is ready to form into the shape of my choice.

soft dinner rolls
Dinner Rolls mixed and kneaded in a bread maker

Do you still have questions about bread machines?

1. The times I tried to make bread in a bread machine, it turned out like a brick. Who needs it?

Using the automatic cycle on a bread machine from start to finish is fraught with pitfalls. Although you might get lucky and it works, often it doesn’t. I don’t care for the odds so I choose to take more control.

2. Which bread machine should I buy?

Check out this post about choosing a machine: Choosing the Right Bread Machine

3. I already have a bread machine but I need some good recipes. So what do you recommend?

You’ll find over 50 recipes designed to be mixed up in a bread machine from this website alone.

4. What do you recommend if I have no oven and need to bake my bread inside the machine?

First, read this post for lots of general tips about using a bread machine. I would start out with this recipe for Sweet-Milk White Bread. It’s a winner. If you prefer something more substantial try this recipe for Cracked Wheat Berry Bread.

Click here to sign up for a FREE 6-day Quick-Start email course: “Make Marvelous Bread with Your Bread Machine.”

White bread made in the bread machine
Sweet-Milk Soft White Bread makes the best peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

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If you have a question or problem you need help with, please write it in the comment section below so I can respond back. You can also email me privately: paula at saladinajar.com.

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Dianne

Monday 5th of October 2020

I tried the Sweet-Milk bread machine recipe and it is awesome. It's the best bread machine recipe I have ever made and I also remove it from the bread machine after it is mixed and put it in a loaf pan to let rise then bake it

Paula

Monday 5th of October 2020

Glad you liked it, Dianne. I agree it's one of the best white bread recipes I've ever made.

Dianne

Monday 5th of October 2020

This can be number 7 about bread machines. I found out by accident that you should ALWAYS run hot water in your bread machine pan and let sit for 10 minutes then dump out and proceed with your bread recipe. Even in summer the pan gets chilled and your bread may not rise as it should if you are letting it bake in the bread machine.

Paula

Monday 5th of October 2020

Hi Diane, I never thought about this since I don't bake bread in my machine. But I can totally see what you're talking about and you are absolutely right. Good thing to remember when you are letting the bread bake in a bread machine. A lot of machines these days have a pre-heat cycle that helps with this.

santra

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

I ordered whole wheat pastry flour by mistake can I use it to make bread. Thank you for any help/

Paula

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

Hi Santra, Hmmm. Not the best. I would only use it with lots of bread flour. Whole wheat pastry flour would be excellent for whole wheat biscuits or muffins, pie crust, or bread like banana bread or cornbread.

Vivian

Wednesday 12th of August 2020

There's another good reason to get a bread machine and use it for dough making: arthritis! I used to like kneading by hand just for its meditative qualities and satisfaction but having developed osteoarthritis in both wrists and thumbs, I can't manage it anymore. Enter the bread machine and ta-da...really good bread, just like before but with no pain. Love my machine!

Paula

Thursday 13th of August 2020

Yes, Vivian. You are so right! Thanks for adding this reason.

Linda

Saturday 18th of July 2020

I have a Panasonic bread machine and really want to start making bread your way by preparing using basic dough cycle and baking in oven. My machine has a yeast dispenser on the lid for the instant yeast and I am wondering if I need to put the yeast in there still or should I put it in with the rest of the items as you show. Also, normally when I make pizza dough using this cycle it comes out in a ball and I have to let it rise on the counter. Is this what I should do with the bread- would I put it in the bread pan I am going to bake it in and let it rise there.

Paula

Saturday 18th of July 2020

Hi Linda,

Regarding the yeast dispenser, you can do either. My way or use the yeast dispenser. The dough includes a time for rising so you shouldn't have to remove it until the end of the dough cycle. In a nutshell, use the dough cycle to mix the dough, knead the dough, and for the first rise. At the end of the dough cycle, remove the dough (if it has doubled in size, if not leave it in there until it does), shape it into a loaf or rolls, let it rise to almost double and bake it. You can read more about the technique here. Write back if you have more questions.