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« on: April 27, 2010 05:26:59 PM »

is it possible to bake a loaf of bread without a bread maker?

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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2010 07:18:13 PM »

is it possible to bake a loaf of bread without a bread maker?

Yes, but you need a recipe that will work without one. Such as...

Replace the coffee with water and the molasses with sugar, plain white sugar.

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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2010 08:57:07 PM »

You could do it the old fashioned way and bake it in the oven....

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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2010 09:44:49 AM »

The real part where the bread maker comes in handy is the kneading.  If you happen to have a kitchenaid or other heavy duty stand mixer with dough hooks, you can use that.  Otherwise, you can just use elbow grease!  This only applies to traditional yeasted breads.

There is a great way to make yeast bread that doesn't require any kneading - some recipes are available from www.healthybreadinfive.com, or you can see if you can get the books Healthy bread in five minutes a day or Artisan bread in five minutes a day from your library (or you could buy them, of course).  If you make a whole recipe, make sure you use a container that can hold at least 5 quarts.

Another alternative is quick breads, which use baking soda/powder to rise.  Some quick breads include banana bread, beer bread, or Irish soda bread.  You'll definitely need a loaf pan for baking these, since they make a pretty liquid batter.
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2010 01:29:31 AM »

Kneading the traditional way - 5 or 10 minutes or so - is not really required for any breads. It's something that people do, they're used to, but there are other methods that work just as well.

Something I always do - Autolyse, which is a fancy way of saying let the dough sit for 15-30 minutes to allow the flour to soak up all the liquid and for the gluten to start developing.

Do three or four cycles of knead 10 strokes, let rest 15-20 minutes OR do three or four cycles of stretch and folds instead.

If you prefer kneading for 5-10 minutes, by all means, continue. I don't. It hurts my joints, so I prefer the easier methods I mentioned above. And that applies to yeasted breads, whether they're made with commercial yeast or wild yeast (sourdough).

« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2010 02:24:01 PM »

Well how do you think people made bread before bread machines were invented? lol  Grin

Like LMAshton, I autolyse my bread.

But there are also some recipes for "no knead bread" I've tried and gotten good results from. Such as this one.

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