Bread machines might just be the greatest invention since…sliced molasses bread? Dad jokes aside, bread machines are life savers. I think I still prefer making bread by hand (which you can do right here), but can’t really explain why. I think it’s a vinyl vs. Spotify thing. I prefer vinyl, but I rarely ever listen to my records and am almost always listening to Spotify.
There’s lots of nostalgia associated with making bread from by hand, just as there is nostalgia for listening to records. But no one is listening to vinyl on their morning commute, and no one is making molasses bread by hand after a long day of work.
Insert the bread machine — a home appliance that made it’s first appearance in 1986 in Japan (obviously).
Growing up we always had fresh homemade bread in the house thanks to our bread machine. My dad was in charge of making sure that on Sunday nights the bread machine was set to turn on in the night so that we would have fresh bread in the morning for our school lunches. At times I would be jealous of my school friends that were lucky enough to get PB&J sandwiches made with the Wonder Bread, but I was obviously an idiot and should have savoured that homemade bread a little more.
As families get busier, having appliances like the bread machine, or the crockpot — while often looked down upon by purists — are serious lifesavers. I used to be a bread purist, and nothing will replace the meditative act of kneading bread by hand, but man it’s nice to have homemade bread every week.
Products featured in this recipe:
Cuisinart Bread Machine
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 3/4 cup white flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup rye flour
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp yeast
- Place all ingredients into your bread machine
- Turn on bread machine with the following settings: whole wheat cycle, 1.5 lb loaf, light crust
- Remove bread once machine is done running
- Bask in the joy of baking bread with essentially no effort!
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