Home baked bread is the best. I had been craving toast for breakfast for a while, but had no bread. I didn’t feel like buying it since the store-bought stuff isn’t exactly the type of bread I crave. So, I finally got around to making it. Since I’m not much of a fan of white bread, I decided to make whole wheat. The spin on the whole wheat, however, was using white whole wheat instead of regular whole wheat. White whole wheat has a lighter flavor and lighter color than regular whole wheat. Even with those differences, it’s equally as nutritious.
So I put together a video start to finish of the whole process. I measured out everything last night and set the timer to be ready for early this morning. The house smelled like fresh bread when I woke up. I was able to enjoy it while it was still hot. If you don’t want to use the timer it takes about 4 hours to bake a loaf.
My Experience Using the Zojirushi Virtuoso Bread Maker
If you have one of these bread machines one of the issues I had initially was lopsided loaves. That was no fun. I read online that the reason for lopsidedness is the paddles being misaligned. You have to align the paddles in parallel otherwise you will get a lopsided loaf. Even since I started doing that, the loaves have been coming out perfect. So remember that if you have issues with shape.
The recipe I used for this post, was the one that came with the machine. I followed it to the letter. (exception is white whole wheat flour substitution for whole wheat flour-I used the King Arthur brand.) It came out perfect.
Some of the other times I’ve baked bread, I used milk as opposed to milk powder. I think using milk makes the bread more dense in consistency. So If you like lighter bread, I would make sure to use milk powder. Also, I’ve probably used the machine at least 10 times since I got it last year. I would say the loaves I’ve made via the manufacturer recipes are all solid. The pizza dough is exceptionally good as well. It makes it much easier and cleaner than using a stand up mixer.
So if you were considering getting a bread machine, I would definitely recommend it. I’m sure I will enjoy it for many years to come. It does save time compared to making bread with a mixer or by hand.
What have been your experiences with the Zojirushi Virtuoso bread machine or any other for that matter?