My husband has wanted a bread machine for years.
Last week, he finally did some analysis: compared reviews on Amazon, figured out how much bread we'd need to make to pay for the machine vs. buying bread at the store, calculated the cost-savings over time once the machine was paid off in bread, and found a suitable space in the kitchen.
Yesterday afternoon he was rewarded with a delivery! The Sunbeam 5891 - highest rated bread machine under $100.
And because we're fans of instant gratification, we just had to try it out last night!
I found a strawberry pecan quick bread recipe on AllRecipes - my go-to site for recipes as they have photos and reviews. We modified the recipe, subbing raspberries for strawberries and sliced almonds for pecans. Note that this bread can also be baked in an oven if you don't have a bread machine.
The wonderful thing about a bread machine is that you can prepare the recipe in the evening, place the batter in the machine, set the timer, and awaken to the smell of fresh-baked bread in the morning!
I burned a small spot on my wrist removing the bread - almost the exact spot I burned my wrist at age 6 making pancakes for the first time! I say it's my battle scar, but I'll also admit that I'm clumsy and impatient.
And now, I present, our very first bread machine experiment:
Raspberry Almond Quick Bread
It's quite moist and has just the right balance of sweet and nutty. Success!
Do you have any cooking-related battle wounds? Please tell me I'm not the only one!