Sunday, February 14, 2010

I got a new toy ... whoo hoo!

About three weeks ago I was talking to a good friend on the phone, you know just the jabbering type of visit. Somewhere in that conversation I mentioned that I love making bread, but the kneading just kills my hands and that come spring I'm going to look for a used one at some of the yard sales in my neighborhood. The conversation went on and all of a sudden my friend says that I really should find a new one so I don't have to worry about the used one taking a crap.

I hemmed and hawed because I know I can't afford a new one ... WELL . . . This. Friend. Of. Mine. says "you find what you want and I'll buy it for you" I just about dropped out of my chair - I was speechless ... all I could do was stammer "Oh my goodness, thank you, thank you, thank you" in an emotionally charged voice, I almost cried. People just don't do those kind of things for me ... no, they don't!

Here is the little beauty. West Bend 41300, 2 blender blades, delayed timer - in other words, lots of bells & whistles for me. No, it does not get up and dance! It is a basic, simple bread maker - but I still can't believe it!!!

I know a lot of you are familiar with bread machines, but this is the inside. he, he. It makes 1, 1.5, 2 & 2.5 lb. loaves. All I've made so far is the 2 lb. loaf.

And, oh my goodness, here is a view of the second loaf ingredients being gathered. he, he. I'm not real excited or anything like that.

The first loaf I made had the top fall in. Oops, I forgot to take into account my altitude. I never really worried about that before, but I needed to now - these things are sensitive!! I removed 1 tsp out and the bread didn't drop. The first load was a garlic loaf, but the next time I will put in 2 tsp. garlic powder. It had a hint of garlic, but I want a little more ...

The second one I made was pure Whole Wheat. Came out delish, and didn't cave in. I will go with removing 1 tsp. of water from here out. I could bake almost everyday, I love it so much, but there is a limit as to how much bread I can eat, or freeze.

There is a little problem with it though - - - The only cupboard space big enough for it is the linen closet. Now I need to clean that out!!! None of my kitchen cupboards are tall enough to get it into them. No problem - the linen closet it is. LOL

Forever blessings for my friend. Thank You!



Linda said...

Love it! That was my first bread machine!!! Mine was white though... what a wonderful gift your friend gave you!!!

Linda said...

Oh well not quite, mine only made up to 2 pound loaves and it only had one blade, but it was the same brand...

Barbara said...

Congratulations on your new bread machine. I am very happy for you. Good friend you have. I have one and I set it on the dough setting and let it do all the work and them take it out and shape it and bake it in the oven. I do sometimes let the maching bake it. Just the other day I let the machine do all the work for a Cinnamon Bun Dough. When it was done I dumped onto counter and rolled out for the rolls. I have a great book that has tons of recipes for bread machines. Book name is 'Great Bread Machine Baking" by Marlene Brown.
Happy Baking!

Paula said...

Yeah! I'm so excited for you! That looks like a nice machine and so so sweet of your friend to get it for you. Warm bread fresh out of the oven is one of the best things in the whole world. And the smell of it baking.....incredible.

Christina J. said...

Nice! We got a bread machine for our wedding and I almost returned it. I'm glad I didn't - 13 years later it still works. I like that yours looks like it makes normal shaped loves. Mine has the tall, weird shape. Maybe it's time to update my bread machine!

Nezzy said...

Every good bread maker needs a perfect spot in the linen closet. I gave mine away....there's just something about gettin' my hands in the stuff that I longed for.

God bless and have a great Saturday!!!

Caribou said...

What a great new toy!
I think I can smell bread cooking all the way over here! :)
Have fun!