I know, this is a very strange thing to blog about, but I’m excited because the bread slicer that I bought on eBay actually works. I tried using it when I first got it, but it didn’t really work out because I sliced the bread too soon, so it wasn’t slicing right because it was too soft. The trick is letting the bread harden a little before slicing it which usually takes a day. I was also pushing down on the top when I was slicing it the first time because it was wobbling too much in the slicer. That gave me uneven bread. If I don’t touch the top, it gives me perfect slices every time.
The bread in the image above is spiced pumpkin bread. I normally only make 100% whole wheat bread to use for sandwiches or toast, but the spiced pumpkin bread is awesome to eat during the holidays. In case you want the recipe, here it is.
I substituted the oil with butter, and I don’t use the lemon juice and it comes out just fine. I don’t use the lemon juice because I found a recipe for cinnamon raisin bread from Betty Crocker that uses butter instead of oil and it doesn’t use lemon juice. The recipe for cinnamon raisin bread that came in the recipe book that this recipe came in used oil and lemon juice, so I simply just cut out the oil and lemon juice and replace them with butter in all of my bread recipes and they still come out good, amazing in fact.
I use the 1lb recipe for my bread machine and the bread usually goes over the top, if I use the 1 1/2lb recipe, it goes way over the top and touches the vent and the glass on the door of the machine. That’s way too much bread, so the 1lb recipe is perfect. The Betty Crocker recipe must be the 1 1/2lb recipe because it always goes over the top.
So I just wanted to show the slicer and how thick the slices come out. I was hoping for thinner slices, but this is fine. At least they aren’t too thin on one side and too thick on the other which is what usually happens when I don’t use the slicer. It’s a good guide to use. Oh and this bread slicer was only $7.99 on eBay. I give this bread slicer a thumbs up.
Oh and just in case someone asks, because I was thinking about it too, you can buy an electric knife if you want to, but a regular bread knife works just fine. Although an electric knife will probably give you a more even cut on each slice, a regular one works just as well. The bread in the image above isn’t 100% perfect, it’s uneven, but it’s not too uneven so it doesn’t make too much of a difference to me, but I’m sure you will get the same or near the same results with an electric knife. So if you already have a regular knife like I do, save your money and just use that. If you don’t have either then buy whichever one you want, but a regular bread knife will work just fine.