Well, I am here to say it is a huge success. We have never looked back and longed for the old days of me making bread. And in fact, now that we have this beautiful little kitchen appliance, Tom does all the bread baking. He enjoys using it. He can experiment and if it doesn't work, no big deal. He just puts together some ingredients and lets the machine try its magic again. And magic it is. I swear to you that the bread tastes just as good as when I made it. It tastes wonderful freshly baked and it tastes wonderful as toast. Now, I'll turn over the writing to Tom, and let him explain how he does it.
Hi, Tom here.
The most amazing thing about the Zojirushi is how fussy it isn't. It came with both a recipe booklet and a demonstration DVD. I was amazed that you just dump all the ingredients in together and push the start button. Three hours and forty minutes later--for whole wheat bread--this beautiful loaf is ready. You can make all kinds of different breads; the booklet tells you how. Once we got the whole wheat down, we experimented by using three cups of whole wheat and a cup of Bob's Red Mill organic 6 grain hot cereal (wheat, rye, corn, oats, spelt, kamut, and flaxseed). Wow, what a nice addition to this bread. The bread machine kneads, rises, and bakes all without your attention. If you want to go to bed and have fresh, warm bread waiting for you when you wake up, set the timer. I don't often write testimonials so to speak, but with this machine I wanted to. In the photo below, you might notice a couple of unfamiliar ingredients. In addition to the flour and yeast, the recipe calls for dry milk and 'vital wheat gluten.' The whole wheat bread needs these two to help with the rising. We tried the whole wheat bread without them and sure enough it didn't rise as well and sometimes sort of sunk in the middle, as you may see here. A quick visit to the King Arthur Flour website and we were able to order these ingredients along with some excellent baker's yeast. Now every loaf is great.
And here is the finished loaf you've been seeing on the blog header for several days.