Friday, 6 March 2015

Using Your Loaf

I've been using my Black & Decker bread machine for donkey's years, and it's served me faithfully, never going wrong. I used it mostly for mixing the bread dough, and then baked the loaves in the oven, and only rarely baked the bread in the machine itself.

But recently I found the dough had smeary black bits in it, and I discovered that the little paddle thingy that mixes the dough was starting to grind itself to bits and leave a metal dust behind. Definitely not what I want to find in my breakfast toast.

So off to the internet to look for a spare part. Nope.... the machine is too ancient, spare parts for that model are discontinued. So now I start looking at Kijiji and Craig's List. Lots of used bread machines for sale, all sizes, shapes and makes, and I finally found one that looked like mine for $20.

I phoned to make sure it was still available, and it was, so I headed out to the address I was given, only a 20 minute drive away. Lovely house in an upscale neighbourhood. The people were Iranian. The bread machine obviously hadn't been used much, it was clean, and in great shape, so I happily parted with my $20.
“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.”     -   James Beard.
When I got it home, I discovered that the bread machine was slightly bigger and a more updated model than mine. I was intending to replace the paddle in my old machine, but I've been mixing bread dough in the newer machine for a couple of weeks now and it's working well. A good $20 investment.

And this is the result. Yummy, eh?


  1. I love the smell of newly baked bread.
    You did right to buy another bread machine, you certainly used your loaf!

  2. What a wonderful find!! And your bread looks so yummy!! I would really love a bread machine, but have no place to store it.

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  4. I wonder why they sold it, perhaps they kneaded the dough!

  5. What a bargain! And the bread looks tasty too.

  6. Oh, isn't it the worst when your trusty helper bites the dust? Yay for finding a new(to you) machine! Your bread looks so yummy.

    Oh, I'm cracking up at Sousca's punny jokes!

  7. What a great idea, using the machine to make the dough but actually baking it in the oven! I think i got my machine before we moved to Northern California so that means it's over 20 years old. And only used maybe 10 times. It's safely hidden on a low shelf at the hideaway. Maybe I'll try your technique next time we're up there.

  8. It looks fantastic. For Lent, I've given up flour products, so I am very envious.

  9. I always love to make bread, but now I am very lazy to do them at home...
    The, would be great to have a bread machine.
    Your bread looks so yummy! :)

  10. Oh boy your bread looks so good.
    I think you got a great deal. Happy bread making.

  11. Your bread looks so delicious. Nice smell is coming here...!! I do not have a bread machine, butI am quite particular about bread.
    Have a good day,Shammic.


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