However, this is not my main interest. What I’m concerned is the kneading function of the machine. You can select the ‘dough’ function, where the machine will stop after the kneading process. You will then need to take out the dough, shape it, allow rising a final time, and then baking conventionally. By doing this, you are able to shape your bread in various shapes or put in any kind of fillings. It sounds more fun, isn’t it? All this while, kneading is a tough process for me, I never manage to pass through that 'stretch' test, so hopefully, this machine can help me in kneading.
To try out my new machine, I don’t want to make thing complicated. So, I decided to make a loaf of bread, instead of shaping the dough myself. Got this ‘Honey Wholemeal Bread’ recipe from Jo's Deli & Bakery, ingredients are indeed simple (bread flour, whole wheat flour, water, honey and yeast). My bread loaf was ready in 3 hours 40 minutes.
The outcome? Just as reviews from fellow bloggers, bread baked using bread machine has a harder crust. However, the inner part is soft and fluffy. The bread should be finished as soon as possible, since the longer it’s kept, it will become harder.
I added in some chocolate chips, but I think it didn't make a good combination with the wholewheat bread.
The next time, I will try out the ‘dough’ function and shape the dough myself.
Some items on my to do list:
Hokkaido Milk Loaf
Cream Cheese Bread
Sweet Potato Bread