September 17, 2010

Bought Myself a Bread Maker

Bread in the Breakmaker

I don't think I mentioned that I bought a bread machine. I bought it back in the spring and have been making a bread loaf once every week and a half or so. (We're not very big bread eaters at this home, though, now with school lunches, the consumption has risen.)

When I first brought it home, I was very excited. Read the manual, cleaned it out, plugged it in. Woo hoo, gonna make me some fresh bread. I measured all the ingredients, which took me 5 minutes, poured them into the bread machine pan, and then hit go and walked away.

It was all very anti-climatic.

This bread machine kinda took the joy out of making bread. I felt a little like someone who paid for an "escort". Yes, you get the goods but there is no romance.

I didn't get to feel the dough or knead it to get the right consistency. Didn't do peakaboo's under the dish towel to see how far along it was rising. Didn't get to poke it lovingly every chance I get during the proofing. I didn't feel that I could say that I made bread.

Now truth be told, before I bought the bread machine, I would usually use my stand mixer to knead the dough but it still is more hands on work. With the bread machine, there is very little clean up too. Felt so strange. As I said earlier, you get the goods, but there is no romance. No butterflies building along the way, no falling in love or getting-to-know your bread before you consume it.

Am I the only one who feels a little dirty after buying a bread machine?

9 comments:

lequan@luvtoeat said...

Lol! Too funny Maki. Hubby has always wanted a bread machine, but when he finally had the chance to get one from CSN stores, he picked a meat thermometer. Sheesh, men and their meats.

Maki said...

Ha! A meat thermometer. Well, those things are VERY useful. When our digital one died, we were lost at how we would get our meat cooked to the right redness. hehe.

Chris said...

I don't know what I'd do without my thermopen!

As a bread man, I'm just glad to see and hear you are filling the home with yeasty goodness. It's still good, no matter how you get it there.

Maki said...

I suppose Chris. Still feels too easy though.

Jean Poutine said...

I borrow my mom's bread machine from time to time and I love it. The only thing i'm not crazy about is the weird shaped loaves, so sometimes I'll let the machine do the mixing and rising and take it out to bake it in regular pans.

Maki said...

The weird shaped loaves are so cute though. I guess weird = cute for me. haha. I was going to post one on monday with a recipe.

Klaus said...

Hmm, you call me cute sometimes, guess I need to rethink what exactly you mean by that ;)

cookbookcooks said...

My fav thing to do when I am out for a walk or out for dinner is to say "I nam making bread right now" Bread makers are great. We use ours once a week at least and never buy bread.
I guess it is cheating, but I use my laundry machine and dishwasher without guilt....

Maki said...

Good point! I LOVE my washing machine AND dishwasher.

Thanks for giving me a different angle to look at it :)

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