I decided on the Sunbeam bread machine because it looked like it would do what I wanted, seemed user friendly, and was budget friendly. I've had this thing for almost 6 years now and it's still working perfectly!
I began my journey with the breadmaker solely making wheat bread, based on a recipe in the instruction manual. (I was also still making hamburger helper meals out of ragu for dinner, so making fresh bread was a big start for me!)
But then I learned and started experimenting with the other functions. I made sweet breads, jam, then I started just using the dough setting so I didn't have to knead and get my hands messy with pizza dough and cinnamon rolls!
Surprisingly, I don't use my bread machine to make bread anymore. I prefer rolls or a long loaf of crusty, butter french bread with dinners, but I still use my breadmaker weekly!
Here are the top 3 things I use my bread machine for...
1. Cinnamon Rolls
I will share my recipe with you soon, but I make giant Cinnabon-like cinnamon rolls. I like to make a bunch of them, freeze them, and pull out individual ones as I crave them for breakfasts.
I throw all the dough ingredients my bread machine and press start on the dough cycle. The machine mixes the dough, lets it rise, then alerts me when it has doubled in size. All I simply have to do afterward is roll it out, put in the cinnamon sugar mixture, assemble into rolls, and bake!
2. Pizza Dough
Same as the cinnamon rolls, I will be doing a whole post soon on my pizza recipe, as well as tips and techniques on how to make ahhhmazing pizzas at home!
Again, I throw the pizza dough ingredients in my handy dandy, magical bread machine, press start on the dough cycle, and let it mix and rise for me. I do refridgerate my dough for a couple of days (I'll tell you why later), but afterward all I have to do is roll it out, add my sauce and toppings, and bake!
Speaking of ways the bread maker makes my life so much easier and more delicious... it makes jams!
Same as everything else, you just throw you ingredients in the machine, press the jam setting, and start! When it's done, all you have to do is put it in a jar.
My favorite is the starwberry peach jam, adapted from the Chef in Training. Here's my version:
Strawberry Peach Jam