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Breadmaker Disaster 
Nov. 12, 2011 3:59 am 
Updated: Nov. 13, 2011 7:11 am
I am in the market for a new breadmaker.  I am looking for suggestions for features, brands, etc.  My old one was at least 10 yrs. old and pretty basic.  It did not have a rapid cycle, took a min. of 4.5 hours to bake a loaf so I would like a rapid bake feature. It was working perfectly however the day it met it's demise.  Sad story, here it is.
I was making an AllRecipies buttermilk bread I.  Followed the instructions to a T.  Put the breadmaker on the same counter I always place it.  Loaded it up and hit start. Soon I heard a lot of moaning and groaning and clanking.  Checked the dough and it was much too dry.  Added some water and it seemed to smooth out fine and resumed it's cycle sounding as usual.  I went on with my activities in another room.  Shortly I heard a tremendous crash and I saw stuff flying through the air, dough, plastic, metal, circuit boards, etc.  The darned thing had vibrated itself off the counter and smashed to smithereens on my tile floor (Mexican tile -- not damaged thank goodness). 

So the moral of this story I guess is don't make Buttermilk Bread I unless you plan to watch it carefully and place your bread machine way back off the edge of the surface......a very expensive recipe in my case.

Love to hear suggestions for replacement. 
Nov. 12, 2011 5:25 am
I have a bread machine dated 1992. It was my 3rd, I would like to have one with an automated dispenser.
Nov. 12, 2011 6:11 am
Not sure what you mean, does this feature allow you to add nuts and fruits and such at a specific time in the cycle?
Nov. 12, 2011 7:34 am
Yes, (I looked this up by random search) like this one from Breadman BK1060S 2-Pound Professional Bread Maker with Collapsible Kneading Paddles and Automatic Fruit and Nut Dispenser,
Nov. 12, 2011 7:39 am
this one is rated better, and has collapsible paddles. this leaves a smaller foot print on the bottom of the loaf after it is baked. Breadman BK2000B 2-1/2-Pound Bakery Pro Bread Maker with Collapsible Kneading Paddles and Automatic Fruit and Nut Dispenser.
Nov. 12, 2011 8:27 am
I learned that I got a better loaf if I just used the bread machine to mix the dough then take it out, shape it and let it rise before putting it in the oven, usually on a day when I am using the oven anyway. I know it is not as convenient as doing the whole bread machine cycle but I never have the big paddle hole and the top never collapses like it used to in the machine. Now my bread is perfect!
Nov. 12, 2011 8:38 am
Thanks for the lead on the Breadman. will check it out. And I sometimes do just use it for the mixing and kneading, but I really like the convenience of load and go, except of course I should not have gone in the final episode.
Nov. 12, 2011 9:56 am
>> "I sometimes do just use it for the mixing and kneading" me too.
Old 'N' Still Cookin' 
Nov. 12, 2011 11:42 am
The best breadmaker you will ever find is right at the end of your arms!
Nov. 12, 2011 1:13 pm
okay then not many comments from peope using bread machines, yet I see so many recipes on the site that all call for making in the machine. Thanks to King Sparta for his input, think I will check out consumer reports and go shopping. I still want to make bread in the bread machine. I miss it.
Nov. 12, 2011 6:49 pm
I have a Black and Decker Horizontal All in One and I love it! It can make up to a 3 lb loaf which is great as I love to bake large batches of sweet yeast breads, easy to use and clean, has 2 paddles so it seems to knead better than my previous model that only had one.
Nov. 13, 2011 5:29 am
the4taals I just looked at it, it looks nice, never seen a 3lb model, yes 2 paddles work better for sure. besides Horizontal makers looks like real bread.
Nov. 13, 2011 7:11 am
Black and Decker horizontal sounds like the hot set up, I will definitely look for it. Idea of horizontal appeals to me because it can sit farther back on my counter presumably since it is not tall. That's what happened to the old one, it was too tall to fit below the cabinet so it had to be used closer to the edge of the counter, and oh well you read the story, bye bye breadmaker. thank for the input guys.
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