Zojirushi's Home Bakery Mini Breadmaker

April 7th, 2008

Ever since I tasted fresh bread out of a home bread machine in high school, I’ve always dreamed of getting one myself. They can be pretty pricey and was more of a luxury item that wasn’t really needed. Here I am 12 years later, and I’ve saved enough POINTS to get one for free — well sort of free. I just had to make sure I clicked on every single “bonus mail” MyPoints sent me to get 5pts each time. Anyway, after redeeming enough Linen ‘n Things gift cards I was finally able to get a bread machine — one that is pretty well reviewed and is only 1lb. size loaf since only me and Jeh would be eating it. The first loaf I made wasn’t really what I was hoping for. My second loaf didn’t turn out…at all. So after looking around the web for a good bread machine recipe for a 1 lb. loaf, I came across this recipe: Sweet Honey French Bread. I made it last night and it’s SO DELICIOUS! The recipe calls for 2 tsp of honey, but as one of the reviews mentions they added 2 Tablespoons of honey, so I was hoping it would make it sweeter and more delish. I kept everything else the same and just upped the honey and it has this wonderful honey flavor and aftertaste. The texture of the bread was perfect. The only thing I was confused about is that it’s called a “french bread” and her recipe said to cook it for only 3 hrs. My Zojirushi bread machine’s regular with light crust setting is about 3 hrs and 30 mins (which is what I ended up using). But the crust wasn’t anything like the crunchy french bread. The color of the crust was perfect, but wasn’t very hard and crunchy. My bread machine also has a “French Bread” setting which I was going to use, but then I saw that her recipe said to cook for only 3 hrs and the french bread setting cooks it for 5 hrs. I guess I’ll have to try that setting to see if I can get the right crust. Hopefully the rest of the bread will turn out moist and delish as the last time I made it.

My next goal is to find a good 1 lb. King’s Hawaiian bread copycat recipe for my bread machine…I tried converting down the ingredients from a highly rated recipe, but it just didn’t covert right or something. I had to throw it out and it made my house smell…ew. Oh and I’m still searching for a good 1 lb. sweet brown bread recipe for my bread machine too (the kind they serve at Outback’s resturant). I doubt I’ll ever find one… =(

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April 14, 2008 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

Ahhh, the elephant…such a good brand.


July 21, 2008 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

The sweet brown bread (Outbacks) is called “Squaw”. It comes in variations from very dark to honey brown bread. Certain recipes call for honey, dark maple or molasses. I am mad about amber molasses! Try it!


September 23, 2008 at 8:08 am | Permalink

The reason I wanted homemade bread is because every single time I’ve ever tasted it the yeast flavor was so delicious to me yet when I make it the bread has no yeast taste whatsoever even though I use it.

I even have tried using more yeast and nothing works. Do you have any helpful tips.

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