I took a trip to the thrift store yesterday, well, my intention wasn’t to go to a thrift store, but while I was in the neighborhood, I figured let’s go check to see what they have. I was actually hoping to find a hot air popcorn popper, but instead I found a bread maker machine. They had at least 5 of them, but this one had the little paddle inside of it, 2 of the other ones I looked at were missing that. I didn’t look at the other ones because they were smaller than the one I found.
Okay so I’ve never made bread in my life and I’m 43 years old. I have always wanted to, but never tried it because I knew it would probably be a lot of work because you have to knead the bread and what not. I have a habit of burning water, so I was afraid of trying to bake my own bread. This machine does it all, so there is literally no muss, no fuss.
This is what the Toastmaster Bread Box 1155 looks like. It was quite disgusting on the inside and outside, but I cleaned it up so it looks practically brand new. It was only $5.95 plus tax, so how could you not buy it? I knew I was taking a huge risk because you never know if what you are buying at a thrift store will work, but it works just fine.
The bread maker was cheap, but the ingredients for making wheat bread weren’t. I went to the store to buy everything I needed for making wheat bread and it came to $30. Ouch! But, the good thing is that I will get a lot of bread with those ingredients, so the money I will save will make up for that.
Good wheat bread is expensive and you never really know what is inside your bread, so at least now I know what I am putting into it. It’s basically water, oil, lemon juice, salt, brown sugar, dry milk, bread flour, whole wheat flour and active dry yeast. That’s it. 100% whole wheat bread is the same, except I don’t use bread flour and it takes 1 hour longer to make.
White bread is unhealthy, but it’s basically all the same ingredients except there is regular white sugar and you don’t use whole wheat flour. I don’t plan on making white bread unless it is requested.
My first time making bread was a success, but I thought I screwed it up because I used the whole wheat setting. Well, I was making whole wheat bread, so naturally I thought I had to use that setting, but it turns out I only need to use that setting if I am making 100% whole wheat bread with all the ingredients minus the bread flour. Since I made regular wheat bread, I should have used the basic setting which takes 3 1/2 hours. Now I know.
I’m particularly excited about making other things with this bread maker like spiced pumpkin bread and banana bread. The machine didn’t come with a manual or a recipe book, but I did manage to find them online all in 1 pdf file. The recipe book has many good recipes, but I will probably only make wheat for our bread and the pumpkin and banana bread for special occasions like birthdays and holidays. They also make great gifts. Someone gave me homemade banana nut bread for my birthday once and it was AWESOME! So I plan on doing the same.
So I finally have a bread machine that didn’t break the bank. What an awesome gift from whoever donated it to the thrift store. I know it’s an old machine, but it’s still a gift to me since I didn’t have one and couldn’t afford to pay $75+ for a brand new one.