We’ve owned a Hitachi breadmaker for the better part of twenty years. In the eighties bread machines were “the” hot kitchen appliance. Over the course of the past twenty years we have purchased very few loaves of store bought bread, so you can imagine how sad we are that our breadmaker is at least temporarily disabled. We’re actually on our second bread machine and fortunately my husband saved the first one. He will try to get the part he needs to fix the current machine with one from the old machine.
In the meantime to fulfill my son’s request with a loaf of bread to take back with him, I made this recipe from the King Arthur site. I used my Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook, and it was quite simple. My loaf pans are not the size called for in the recipe. I had my choice of too small or too big. I chose too big, and I’m very glad I did. This bread rose beautifully and baked beautifully.
For dinner last evening I baked up the rest of the Pain d’ Epi from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. This time we ate some of it warm from the oven and I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed it. I made straight stalks this time and unfortunately we ate the prettier one, but you get the idea from the picture. While we love the No Knead Bread, and The Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, we won’t be giving up bread machine bread. We have recipes we that we’ve come to rely on, and it can’t be beat for great tasting bread with a minimum of mess and time. You don’t get that artisan crust, but we don’t need that on a day to day basis.