Bread Makers are quite popular domestic labour saving machines. There are many types and they all replicate the processed of bread making in am automated way.
The machines consist of a bread pan with a central kneading paddle which is controlled by a timer. They have a heating element around the pan to warm the bread during proving and cook the bread at the end of the cycle.
The different machines vary in the way the controls are set, so their use needs to be guided by the user manual. The main cycles are mixing; kneading; proving; second kneading; pause to add more ingredients; final kneed; proving and baking. The length of each cycle will vary dependant upon the individual recipe.
When the bread is baked in the machine, the paddle is still in place and this will leave a hole in the bottom of the loaf.
This is not a problem for most people and the loaf can be cut through the hole to alleviate this mechanical problem. The machines can also be used to knead and process the dough, taking the dough out after the second kneading and placing it on a baking tray or in a bread tin to complete the final rise ready to be baked in the oven.
These are Robert Howard's soft bread rolls which have been processed in a bread maker and removed after the second kneading to bake in the oven. Bread making machines can be a very versatile aid to baking.
The main advantages of bread making machines are;
thorough mixing and kneading of ingredients
precise timing of proving stages
reduction in energy cost of baking in a large oven
Instruction manuals can be found at;
Russell Hobbs 17887