My bread machine may just be the most used small appliance in my kitchen. I still don't know how I got by without it; the ease of use and amazing loaves of bread that it produces result in it being used several times each and every week. When I first got my bread machine I had no idea how to use it. The manufacturer had included a little pamphlet with 3 or 4 recipes to try, but they were incredibly basic and I didn't have much luck with them. As I set out on a search to find the perfect bread machine cookbook I found several of the best books available that I still use today.
Bread recipes are tricky. Measurements need to be precise and ingredients should be as high quality as possible to ensure the best results. When baking with a bread machine, it's important to find recipes that are specific for bread machine users, not just any home baker. Choosing and using a cookbook that is specifically intended for bread machine use will save you a great deal of frustration and time calculating other traditional recipes. There are 5 books that I go back to time and time again and I'm happy to share them with you below.
The Artisan Bread Machine: 250 Recipes for Breads, Rolls, Flatbreads and Pizzas by Judith Fertig is the ideal first bread machine cookbook to test out. It contains recipes for a wide variety of breads along with rolls, pizza dough and more. There is a simple Mennonite oatmeal whole wheat loaf recipe in this book that is my go-to recipe for sandwich bread. Just a warning, though...it will be incredibly hard to go back to store bought bread after trying the recipes in this cookbook.
Artisan bread has become popular recently, and with good reason. It is incredibly satisfying to produce gorgeous, delicious and nutritious breads in a mere matter of minutes. I often grab this cookbook when I'm trying to decide what to make for dinner and it will provide the much needed inspiration. Definitely ideal for the beginner baker, The Artisan Bread Machine has just as much to offer the experienced chef as well. As with many cookbooks, this one is lacking in the photo department, but it certainly makes up for that shortcoming with its recipes.
Bread Machine Magic: 138 Exciting Recipes Created Especially for Use in All Types of Bread Machines by Lois Conway and Linda Rehberg give some great tips in this cookbook. Did you know that it's a good idea to keep yeast in the freezer? I learned that from this book! This book was created to be used by bakers who have bread machines in any sizes. It can be hard to calculate a recipe if your machine is a different size than an author has assumed, so this book takes all the guess work out of it for you.
There is a recipe for cinnamon rolls in this book that my kids beg for just about every morning. It makes rolls that are far superior to any others that we have ever tasted, and that one recipe is worth the cost of the book on its own. This book is one that I come back to time and time again and have never been disappointed. I fully expect to use this book as long as I am baking with my bread machine (which will hopefully be for the rest of my life)!
The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook: A Master Baker's 300 Favorite Recipes for Perfect-Every-Time Bread-From Every Kind of Machine by Beth Hensperger is enormous! There are over 300 recipes in there and it's inspiring to page through it. I love having a one stop cookbook that I know I can trust. If I feel like trying something new, or just sticking with our favorite standbys, this cookbook covers it all.
I have made an amazing ciabatta loaf out of this book and my kids love her challah bread recipe. As much as we love those 2 recipes, this book is worth its weight in gold for it's burger and hot dog roll recipes. These are invaluable in the summer months and I especially love that I don't have to run to the store every time I need a package of rolls!
Pizza, Focaccia, Flat and Filled Breads For Your Bread Machine: Perfect Every Time by Lora Brody opened my eyes to a whole new world of bread machine possibilities. I felt pretty comfortable making regular loaves of bread in my bread machine when I got this book. I didn't even know you could make pizza dough or filled breads in the machine, so it was really fun to try all these new recipes out.
Some of the recipes rely on the bread machine for the first (mixing) part of the recipe, then you have to transfer the dough to the oven. I don't love to do this step, but the results have been really delicious, so I don't mind as much. There is a recipe for Mystic Pizza dough that gets served to my family at least a few times per month. It is incredible! I wish the book had pictures, because the recipes truly create beautiful results.
Lois L Tlusty teamed up with the team at Betty Crocker to create Betty Crocker's Best Bread Machine Cookbook. The spiral bound book is very easy to use and I love how durable it is. This is one that I've had in my kitchen for several years and it's still looking pretty good. Betty Crocker understands what it's like to be brand new to using a bread machine and they really take the time to explain how to use your machine in order to get the best bread from it. While geared towards beginner bakers, this cookbook offers tips and recipes that even the most seasoned baker will appreciate.
I have tried many recipes from this cookbook and my all time, hands down favorite is the toasted almond whole wheat bread. I try to get my family to eat more whole grains, but they're often turned off by the dense texture and strong flavors of other loaves. This recipe, however, is perfect. Even my kids ask for sandwiches made with this bread. And the additional of the almonds to the dough is spectacular! All around, a family favorite. I love that there are over 100 recipes in this book, so it's always one I can go to for inspiration and never be bored.
As you can see, there is a wealth of bread machine knowledge out there for the taking. The books listed above are chock-full of delicious and nutritious recipes that run the gamut of different bread styles. You won't just be limited to simple sandwich loaves, either. These cookbooks include recipes for all kinds of baked goods and treats in addition to many varieties of standard breads. Whether you are brand new to the world or bread machines or you have been a machine devotee for awhile, you will learn something new when cracking open one of these cookbooks. My recommendation is to take some time, sit back and look through each book slowly. Mark each recipe that jumps out at you and slowly try them one by one. You'll be sure to find a new favorite bread machine recipe that you and your family will enjoy.
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