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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Aero View Post
    Always trust your elders
    Not if the elders are stupid. I say, always get different viewpoints and then try so you have your own viewpoint.

    Buy a cheap one Decryption. That way it's not money poorly wasted. But I do recommend just borrowing one.

    1. It tastes so much better.
    2. It's a similar cost when you factor in time, ingredients, clean up and energy.
    3. It's gonna take up your time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozerus View Post
    learn to make it by hand, once you are well versed in it you can make it pretty fast
    And it beats any bread a bread maker can pop out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mreddie View Post
    Check out any nature strip in your area, people throw them out weekly - cause you only use them once and then they give you the s**ts.
    Amen to that.

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    mitty's Avatar mitty is offline Couldn't that Chrysler have hit me instead?

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    So Decryption, please let us know you didn't succumb.

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    Everyone else has pretty much covered most of the bases, so I won't repeat that.

    One other thing that bothered me though was you need to take the bread out of the machine when finished, and leave it on a cooling rack with a tea towel over it. This simple little tasks means that you can't just set it and forget it overnight - you have to stay up while the bloody thing cooks so you can take it out when it's done (half the time burning your fingers on the casing in the process...)

    The bread is nicer but it is a pain to slice and it doesn't keep because the bread mix you get usually won't have preservatives in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benda View Post
    Just to counter all these naysayers, I say get the bread machine (any of them, they're all pretty much the same). I started with a bread machine three years ago and found that I love making bread. Then I got a Kitchenaid mixer with a dough hook to do the mixing and started baking bread in my oven. Now I make all kinds of breads and pastries and maintain a sourdough culture for using in my bread instead of commercial yeast. In August I visited the San Francisco Baking Institute and did three weeks of professional bread baking classes and had an amazing time. All this stemmed from getting a bread machine. So go for it!
    i'm waiting for Decryption to get really into this breadmaking thing and start up a new site called breadtalk.com.au, where members can wax lyrical about Breville vs KitchenAid, white vs wholemeal, wheat vs spelt
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitty View Post
    So Decryption, please let us know you didn't succumb.
    It's not me who wants it - Natalie does, hah
    She seems pretty keen on one, so chances are we'll buy one next weekend.

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    Get a good mixer with a dough hook. You'll thank all of us who gave you this advice later.

    Why are you still reading? Seriously, go buy a Kitchen Aid mixer now! Any other good brand will do too. Go on, get out!

    You're still here? Fine. If you must get a bread maker get one where the blade lays flat after kneading. That will fix my main complaint about bread makers: the giant hole in the underside of the loaf.

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    mitty's Avatar mitty is offline Couldn't that Chrysler have hit me instead?

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    At least get her to read through this thread first. I'd say so far it's a 70/30 split against

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    Ancient Kenwood banchtop mixer with dough hook combined with oven makes bloody nice bread at our place...bread makers are for filling up "appliance cupboards"...next to the milkshake maker, juicer, ice cream maker, pancake maker, etc, etc, ....

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    Just chiming back in here to say that I am not negative about a breadmaker, just not everyone likes the kind of bread they make. I do, but it's definitely denser, and I've yet to find a home made bread as light as shop bought. In my mind this is a good thing, hence my suggestion for trying some bread made in a breadmaker first.

    I love the bread maker for fruit breads as well.

    I have a mixer with a dough hook but I like the convenience of a breadmaker, as I said before we set the timer so it starts about 4 in the morning so it's ready when we get up.
    The sunbeam mixing blade leaves only a small hole which only really affects the bottom slice.

    For about 6 to 8 years the only bread we had was from our bread maker, but we now have a boarder who will eat 6 slices at a time, kind of hard to keep up.

    We made a nice wholemeal loaf on the weekend using Lauke (sp?) breadmix.

    The bonus for you, Anthony is you can make pizza dough in them very easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decryption View Post
    It's not me who wants it - Natalie does, hah
    She seems pretty keen on one, so chances are we'll buy one next weekend.
    He has succrumbed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Coxy View Post
    ...One other thing that bothered me though was you need to take the bread out of the machine when finished, and leave it on a cooling rack with a tea towel over it. This simple little tasks means that you can't just set it and forget it overnight
    Most bread makers have a timer...mine does and it's not the super wiz model and it's 7 years old already (maybe more). Set it to start cooking at 3:30-4am and you have fresh hot bread for breakfast.
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    So, what I'm thinking is your missus should just give us the money instead. We can find things to spend it on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by doofus View Post
    He has succrumbed.
    Post of the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granny Mac View Post
    The bonus for you, Anthony is you can make pizza dough in them very easily.
    Oh dear. Just when we had Decryption teetering on the edge you introduce this very low blow! Man, he's out for the count now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doofus View Post
    He has succrumbed.

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    can't go past a professional. Let them get up at 3 in the morning and cook it for you. Gadget that you have to plug in, find bech space for, clean when you have finished, and then find storage space for when you are not using it.

    If you have an oven, go and buy a recipe book. Learn to cook it yourself, you might actually enjoy the experience.

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    Lived in a two shared houses where one of the housemates was a keen bread maker. One used a breadmaking machine, and the other did it by hand in an oven. Both methods are pretty easy and work fine, once you got the routine down. The bread from the machine is a bit denser.

    Waking up to the smell of fresh bread wafting though the house is a pretty nice way to start the day.
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    i have the ikon decryption and its good, does pasta dough and pizza dough in a jiffy too! In fact its used more here for that than bread.

    I use it semi regularly and i think its worth it.

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