January 7th, 2006

food, cooking

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When Jeff brought up the idea of getting a bread machine, way early last year, I balked, mostly because I kept insisting that I was going to learn to make bread "the real way, dammit." Well, I finally got around to saying, okay, it might not be a bad idea for the occasional loaf, and we got one for Christmas, because my mom rocks. And ye verily, I have been converted. Our first loaf that was just plain white and pretty good, except for the slightly sunken in top; the second loaf was white with chipotle, dill, and garlic, and was much better and non-sunken, but it needed more dill. Both experiences were painless: throw stuff in the bread pan, put it in the machine, and three hours later, we had fresh bread. Really good fresh bread.

Well, tonight, I went beyond converted to evangelist: we made homemade pizza, with the crust made in the machine, and it was amazingly good.

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The crust was delicious, very thick and chewy. In fact, it was thick enough that next time I may take some of the dough and make breadsticks, and thin out the crust a bit. But otherwise, it was perfect; we have no need of buying commercial crust-in-a-can again, which pleases me. And it was dead easy; it seemed almost like magic when I opened the bread machine at the end of the cycle and found a perfect dough ball, waiting and ready to go. I'm definitely converted.

Next up - maybe banana bread, since I've never had yeast risen banana bread and I want to see what the difference is between it and quick banana bread, or maybe some sort of sweet rolls, now that I've experienced the joy of the dough cycle.