Picture of My Toastmaster Bread Box

Toastmaster Bread Box

Toastmaster Bread Box

Here’s a picture of my old Toastmaster Bread Box bread machine, the one my husband bought me for Christmas many years ago. There’s nothing wrong with the machine itself. . .it just needs a new baking pan, which I can’t seem to locate.

This trusty old machine has made innumerable loaves of bread, some not so good (because of inexperience), but most of them were absolutely delicious.

I have also used this to make pizza dough, dough for cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls, French bread, raisin bread, and many other kinds of yummy homemade bread.

Of all the small kitchen appliances that a person can own, I believe a good bread machine tops the list!

My Search For a New Bread Machine Begins

So the first thing I wondered about was what size to buy. I had been noticing that most bread machines offer a 1 pound, 1 1/2 pound, and a 2 pound loaf option. I like the 1 1/2 pound size that my Bread Box made. It seemed to be the perfect size for my family.

I looked at several machines online and in the stores, and I asked some friends who had bread makers, and I determined that it really didn’t matter what size I bought. Most people were more concerned with the taste and texture of the loaf of bread, not necessarily the size.

Okay, that seemed logical. You want your bread to taste good, you want it to be chewy and not crumbly, you want it to bake through and not burn. Size. . . well, that’s not the first criteria.

So, now I looked at the many choices of bread machines from a new perspective. Which machine is actually the best one to bake that perfect loaf of bread?

My Toastmaster Bread Box Model 1155

It must have been about 14 or 15 years ago that my husband, Mike, bought me a bread maker for Christmas.  I was thrilled!  I had wanted one since my friend showed me hers.  And since I HATE to knead bread dough, but love to bake my own bread, this was just the ticket!

Toastmaster Bread Box Model 1155 is what I got.  Best thing in the world to buy me! (at that time anyway!)  It makes a 1 pound or a 1.5 pound loaf.  I always used it for the 1.5 loaf.  At first, until I got the recipe the way I like it, the loaves were often quite odd shaped, or heavy, or crumbly, or very dense, or something that was just not quite right. Sometimes they didn’t rise beyond the middle of the pan, and sometimes they rose way up and were like a big mushroom top.  As I learned how to make a good loaf, and experimented more and more, I began getting excellent results.  Now I have a whole wheat bread recipe that I have developed over the years that is fail-proof, and everyone loves it.

However, when my old, beloved bread machine needed to be replaced, I did a lot of research to find just the right one.

One thing I should mention is that it wasn’t actually the bread machine that needed to be replaced. . .it was only the pan that was no longer usable.  My machine is still in good operating condition.  So I didn’ t really need a whole new machine, but I couldn’t seem to track down the right pan.  And I thought: (do you ever do this?) “Okay, I’ll finally get a new pan, and then in a week or a month  something will go wrong with the machine, then I’ll have a pan with no machine to put it in.”

Now that I had owned and used a bread maker for several years, I kind of knew what to expect and what I would like in a new one.  So with that in mind, I began my search.

I Hate To Knead Bread Dough

I just love bread, and I love homemade bread the best.  I used to make bread on my kitchen counter. . .you know, mix it up in a bowl and then knead it by hand, let it rise, punch it down, roll it out, roll it up jellyroll fashion, and finally place it in a bread pan, let it rise, then bake.  Whew, that’s a lot of work!  People tell me they love to knead bread. . . well, I’m here to tell you that I HATE to knead bread!  But now, thanks to the ingenuity of inventors, we (you and I) no longer have to do any of that by hand to get fresh bread.

Since I received my first bread machine a few years ago (from my husband, for Christmas), I haven’t had to do any of the dreaded kneading by hand!  Thankfully, bread machines or bread makers are quickly becoming a common-place small appliance used in so many kitchens today.  And there is no wonder why.  The smell and taste of fresh baked bread is almost impossible to refuse, and it can be so much more nutritious for you than store-bought bread.

I consider bread machines to be another of the few miracle kitchen machines designed to make our cooking and baking lives a lot easier, and certainly much more fun.

With the Internet, it has never been easier to find bread machines or information about them.  The toughest part is narrowing it down to which one to choose for your family’s needs.

I’ll talk a little about that in my next post.

Kitchens Are My Passion

I love kitchens and all stuff in kitchens. I love to cook, and I love to bake. Anything kitchen-related I love. So, I’ve finally decided to share my passion in a blog. I’ll just be talking about everything I can think of related to kitchens. Hopefully, some of it will be of interest to you.

My topics will probably be things like kitchen appliances such as bread machines, blenders, food processors (those are the things I really love), recipes that I like, healthy eating, nutrition information, vegetarian cooking, weight loss, and anything else that comes to mind. If you have a topic you would like to discuss, let me know.