Remember when I told you that hubby and I wish to live in a self-sustained house? Well, that includes living and eating as natural and as organic as we can. We’re also planning on baking our own bread – from scratch. The problem with that is – I don’t bake.
I don’t bake.
Honestly, I want to. But I never got around it because it takes so much time, energy and the clean up?! Forget it! Let’s just buy the bread that will expire next week.
And did I mention that I don’t bake?
We just keep our fingers crossed that they aren’t (WARNING: Do not open link if you have a weak stomach!) contaminated of anything that isn’t a bread ingredient. I once bit into a nail that is stuck inside a pandesal – no joke! To avoid this from happening again, we purchase only Gardenia breads. Did you know that Gardenia breads go through a metal detector machine before they are shipped out? Saw this on TV the other night and I think it is so cool! Gardenia breads are fresh but we dreamed of making them out of our own hands …. or something like that. But I don’t think this will raise a red flag with the metal detector.
Anyways, Princess was sent by MIL from Italy. She’s a lovely breadmaking machine. Now, that’s waaayy cooler, right? As the name suggests, it makes bread. You just place the right amount of ingredients in it, switch it on and wait. It’s like your fully automated washing machine. The only difference is that it makes bread instead of washing the clothes.
It does all the things you need to do when baking your own bread. Once it is turned on, it expects that the complete ingredients are in it. It is a fully automatic (which I really love!) breadmaking machine. It mixes the ingredients, kneads (whatever that means) the dough and bakes the bread.
You also have the option to add extra ingredients you want: cheese, raisins, nuts, etc. If you are on a special diet, you can choose not to use salt or use an alternative ingredient for margarine. We changed the water ingredient into fresh milk. Yum! The color of the crust is also adjustable from light to medium to dark.
Besides being a fully automatic breadmaker, another feature that I really love about this breadmaker is that it can be set on timer. Don’t you just love to wake up to the smell of freshly baked bread? If you don’t, then I guess you haven’t tried it or you hate bread.
Cleaning is also easy. There’s only 3 parts to soap and rinse: the kneading hook, the shaft and the lid. What’s left can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Cleaning should be easy-peasy if you do it right after the machine has cooled. Otherwise, it can be difficult to remove the kneading-hook. But then letting water sit on it for about 30 minutes should soften it.
For now, I store the breads in a Lock N Lock container I once used for my breastmilk stash. It isn’t really a container for bread so I’m now waiting for Lock N’ Lock to go on sale. I hope they do another 20% off like the last time.
Big J’s the only one who has tried making a bread (top image) on Princess. I haven’t. I’m excited because I’m planning on making my own wheat bread. Who knows where I can score wheat flour? Big J’s not a fan of wheat bread because he says it’s bland. No worries! We’ll adjust the taste!
* Bread slicing tip: Use a really, really sharp knife or an electric knife so you’d get beautifully sliced bread.
From their website, it is indicated that the machine’s wattage consumption is at 700 Watts which is not so bad. I was expecting it to be as high as our turbo broiler that consumes 1500 Watts. A bread would cook at around 3-4 hours depending on the program you have chosen.
The breadmaker is currently my favorite home appliance. It makes bread baking like a piece of cake. What’s your favorite home appliance?