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    Although I use my bread machine a lot, I've always felt the results tasted a bit like shop bread, ie steam-cooked and too light + it's got a damn great hole in the middle and it's a weird shape, the bread tins provided make a very tall loat.
    I started experimenting with just working to the dough cycle, which I use for French sticks, ciabatta etc and it works beautifully. I made a very good wholemeal loaf, nutty, sweet and with a good heft to it.
    So will not be cooking the bread in my machine again, just put it on to dough cycle, then take it out, knock it around a bit, prove for half an hour and cook for half an hour or so on Gas 7 and you get an excellent "normal" shaped loaf.
    And I know you purists will say why bother with it at all, but I love the way I can put all the ingredients in the tin, turn the machine on and wait for the pinger to go announcing a lovely piece of dough
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    Sue, like you I thought the breadmaker was great but... I do the same by using it for the mixing cycle. If you work it right you can get a couple of mixes ready at the same time to put in the oven together. I find the cup measuring easier than weighing.
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    Whatever works for you best, who cares what the "purists" say. For me, I'm happy to use my bread machine to do the full loaves as they're great for what we want but also use the dough settings quite a bit for baggettes, rolls, pizza, naan breads etc. Suppse I just like the idea that I can put in on on timer when I go to bed / work and there's a lovely warm fresh loaf ready and waiting when I get up / come in.

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    Nothing better than making your own Bread the proper way. I do have a bread making machine but it is only used to bake loaves for fishing bait.
    Otherwise it is hand made by me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benacre View Post
    Nothing better than making your own Bread the proper way. I do have a bread making machine but it is only used to bake loaves for fishing bait.
    Otherwise it is hand made by me.
    Benacre
    I held off buying one for years as I always thought it was a cop out but then never had the time to actually make bread (that work stuff kind of keeps getting in the way of what I want to do!). However, since I bought it we haven't bought any bread from the shops and wish I'd got it earlier. Not so good for taking out agression though!

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    Went to make another loaf today, lifted up the lid - oh cripes! guess who had thrown the paddle out because it was stuck in the bottom of the loaf I threw out a few days ago! OH found me one ont' pooter - £6.45 for a new one - couple of days delivery! Ooops! DDL
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    Havent bought a shop loaf for 2 years or more. Would not cope with out our bread maker.

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    Me neither! Don't know what we shall do until the new paddle arrives! DDL
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