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The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #3 in Breads


Pros: Many styles of breads and other preparations (jams, pasta etc)

Cons: Book was not tested with the Zojirushi dual paddle bread maker.


Beth Hensperger's book is an excellent book to help you go beyond the basic recipe booklet that ships with every bread maker. In theory a bread machine is supposed to make your life easier and it does, but there is a learning curve.


While I have tried numerous recipes from Beth's book I found myself just sticking to a few basic ones (white, whole wheat, pizza dough, etc) because they required the least amount of time and ingredients. Some of the recipes don't always make sense to me mostly because there are numerous steps that require time and if you are going to go to that much trouble it seems to defeat the point of using a bread machine. Basically you are just eliminating the kneading in my opinion.


The book does an excellent job of explain the difference in flours, the components of bread, and the various ingredients you use and their role. The only issue I found was that the book probably needs to be updated (possibly has by now) to reflect the changes in bread machines. For example, many of the recipes call for the addition of vital wheat gluten to help with the rise of the dough. The reason for this addition is that many machines are not able with one dough paddle to knead the dough sufficiently. The vital wheat gluten helps to overcome this problem. However, with the zojirushi double paddle machine (and a more powerful motor I might add) the vital wheat gluten causes serious problems. The dough rises far too high and ends up touching the top of the machine. This causes the dough not to cook. It is a simple remedy to fix. Just avoid the adding the wheat gluten and you’re all set.


In short, of all the bread machine books I have looked at this is my favorite.

The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook

The greatest invention since sliced bread may be the machine that makes the loaves that you dream of slicing. The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook finally bridges the gap between great taste and convenience, with over 300 glorious recipes for bread machines. The automatic bread machine makes it possible to enjoy fresh and signature loaves of bread without the time and expense usually involved in bread baking or purchased artisanal breads. Today's bread machines are versatile, affordable, safe, and efficient, turning out perfect loaves time after time. Try Croissants or Banana Bread for breakfast, lunchtime sandwiches on Honey Whole Wheat Bread or Tomato Bread, a loaf of Garlic Focaccia or a Sage and Onion Bread-stuffed roast for dinner, or even Candied Chestnut Panettone and Pumpkin Cloverleaf Rolls for the holidays. Classic white loaves, hearty whole-wheat breads, sweet breads, swirled breads, pizza doughs, quick breads, even jams are easy to make right in the bread machine. Renowned bread baking expert Beth Hensperger's best bread recipes yield great results-- just add the ingredients, and let the machine knead, rise, and bake loaf after loaf of fragrant, delicious fresh bread.

AuthorBeth Hensperger
Dewey Decimal Number641.815
LabelHarvard Common Press
List Price$21.95
ManufacturerHarvard Common Press
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages643
Product GroupBook
Product Type NameABIS_BOOK
Publication Date2000-09-01
PublisherHarvard Common Press
StudioHarvard Common Press
TitleThe Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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