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Betty Crocker Best Bread Machine Cookbook (Betty Crocker Cooking) Hardcover-spiral – January 22, 2002
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The construction of this book, first of all, is wonderful. The cover is hard and the binding is heavy, enameled spiral. Each page lays flat on the counter, or you can hold the book open on one arm while doing something with the other hand. This suggests that Betty Crocker wrote her bread-baking cookbook with serious use in mind. She certainly tested her recipes. A variety of bread machines were used, which means that each recipe was tested a number of different times. Betty tells you exactly what kind of flour she used, as well as salt, size of eggs, kind of yeast, etc. She leaves nothing to chance.
Bread machine baking has its own peculiarities, and Betty addresses all these right up front, the hows and how-tos (as well as the whys and wherefores) of getting the perfect loaf every time. There's a troubleshooting section, as well as a frequently asked question section. Then it's right into the recipes, all 130 of them.
There are Good and Savory Loaves (Cheese Onion Bread) and Wholesome Grain Loaves (Toasted Almond Whole Wheat Bread), Fruit and Vegetable Harvest Loaves (Dried Apricot Bread), Smaller Can Be Just Right Loaves (these are one-and-a-half-pound loaves), and then several chapters on breads you start in the bread machine, but finish in the oven. These include braided sweet breads, pizza dough, rustic-style breads, and coffeecakes.
Any bread machine owner is going to love to loaf with Betty Crocker. --Schuyler Ingle
From the Back Cover
Betty Crocker takes the mystery out of the bread machine and brings you easy-to-use recipes for 1-pound, 1 1/2-pound and 2-pound loaves. Everyone loves fresh bread, but not the time it takes to make it.
Bread machines are great because they take the work out of making homemade bread.
We've packed this book with over 130 recipes to tempt your tastebuds. There are recipes for breads your machine makes, in addition to recipes for doughs that you shape and bake in a conventional oven. You'll also find easy-to-follow illustrations on how to shape and trim doughs into great loaves of bread!
Best of all, you can trust these recipes will work in your bread machine because the Betty Crocker kitchens have tested every recipe in many different machines to ensure success at home. There's nothing better than the taste of homemade bread—and no one brings it to you better than Betty Crocker.
More About the Author
Betty Crocker has survived the decades by providing consumers with food information and food products that are contemporary without being faddish. The first hardcover cookbook, Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook was published in 1950 and quickly became a national best seller. Since then, more than 250 Betty Crocker cookbooks have been published.
Top Customer Reviews
The book starts with an introduction about bread machines in general, how they work, and ingredients. It has a chart with all kinds of flours and teaches you what kind of bread you'll get.
Then the recipes. Including here, classics like white bread, Sally Lunn, garlic bread. New ones like orange capuccino brad. It has one of the best bagel recipe.
It's divided in 7 chapters:
Chapter 1: Good and Savory loaves
Chapter 2: Wholesome Grains Loaves
Chapter 3: Fruit and Veggie Harvest Loaves
Chapter 4: Smaller Can Be jst Right
Chapter 5: Rustic Loaves and Flatbreads
Chapter 6: Satisfying Rolls and Breadsticks
Chapter 7: Sweet breads and Coffee Cakes
The book has plenty of pictures, and this, especially for a beginner, is pretty important to know what it will look like the bread you are gonna bake.
A year later, I find myself still using this fantastic book and having excellent results. It has over 130 recipes so it's impossible to get bored.
The big negative I found in the book was that all of the breads I made (about 7) had the same consistency. If you are interested in creating more interesting types of breads, such as light airy french breads with crunchy crusts or ciabatta's - you will be hard pressed to find them in this book.
Overall I would have liked to see a bit more photos (not all recipes had a corresponding photo although most did) but was very happy with the book in general. In the introduction there is a detailed "possible problem" list that contains common mistakes, what they look like, and how to avoid making them.
Each recipe was very simple to understand and read, having numerous success tips (every recipe was tested before being included in the book)and nutritional information.
Some of the recipes that I tried were: Mediterranean Herbed Bread, Sally Lunn, Sweet Orange Bread with Orange Glaze, Two-Cheese Pizza, and several kings of Dinner Rolls.
Overall probably the best bread machine currently on the market due to its attention to detail and quantity of recipes that really work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter was using this book, and when I visited her I knew I just had to have it as well, and we even have the same bread machine. I love the recipes. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Marty
Easy. Whole family is into baking bread on a regular basis!Published 17 days ago by Barbara LeFevre
I received this as a gift after I didn't have any luck with another well rated bread machine cookbook. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great general discussion of home made bread and bread machines. It includes lots of tested recipes. I bought one for my friend to go with my gift of a bread machine, and liked the... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Famed Girl Archaeologist
The book contains a variety of interesting recipes and tips in an easy to follow format.Published 23 days ago by Sandra G.