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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
years ago I had a breadman pro machine and for reasons not to be mentioned here I got rid of it. now I decided to get back into the bread baking habit. so I went around looking for a new machine and also looked on amazon at what is available and at what prices. basicly no machine is perfect and no machine gets perfect reviews. so I decided to settle for the sears machine because it was cheap and I could buy it at the nearest store, and of course return it if need be. I like whole wheat bread but their recipe up to no good. my bread came out like a rock, hard and with no taste. so I tried the next recipe, and that was with honey. no good either. hard, tasteless and it took 4 hours to finish, plus you cannot make a one pound loaf. why do they say it on the box but have no ingredient sizes for it? anyway, I decided to make a whole wheat loaf from one of my own recipes. I put all the ingredients according to the machine rules and put on program 7 which is for dough only. after 20 seconds of kneading when the machine beeps I took the dough out, without touching it I poured it into a baking pan of the right size and covered it for 45 minutes to rise. I did oil the pan to be sure of no sticking. then after the rising period I put it into a cold oven, yes, a cold oven. turn the oven on to 360f for 30 minutes, at the 30 minutes time I raised the temp to 400f for another 10 minutes. it was the best loaf I baked so far in recent memory. it was even better than the bread I was kneading by hand before I bought the machine. as for bread machine manufacturers recipes, ignore them. most of them are not good in my opinion. even when I had the breadman pro machine I always had to change some items in the recipe to get the bread up to eating standard. if you are new to baking with machines, do yourself a favour, take ordinary recipes and put them into the bread machines according to their line, then bake it in your own oven. its easier than to battle with the machine for a perfect bread. not to talk about the fact that you get the bread at half the time.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2012
First loaf I made was Hot Buttered Rum Loaf & it came out DIVINE!! Second loaf was a nightmare...new recipe (Coconut Milk & Chickpea Flour Bread) made with ingredients I'm not used to using. Came out like a brick & I had to throw it away. I'll blame myself for that one. Third loaf (Applesauce Spice Bread) is in the machine right now & so far, so good. We'll see...

I like:
*the look of this machine
*the huge window
*the rotate-to-secure pan
*the digital features
*the price
*the bake feature

I do not like:
*that it shimmies on the countertop so much I had to put it on the floor for fear of it falling off the counter
*that when I wiped the display window with my finger, the readout became "smooshy" and took several minutes to become clear again
*that the display is not back-lit & is very hard to see
*that the indicators for bread size and crust color are very tiny and very hard to see
*that the blade does not lock down and comes out with the bread (not a big deal if the bread is for yourself but digging the blade out of the bread makes for a messy-looking gift loaf)
*that the delay timer is confusing and there seems to be no way to disable it (even by unplugging the machine) if you press it by accident

Overall I like this machine. For what I will use it for, it's great.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2013
I got this bread machine for Christmas. The first three loaves I made with it all came out divinely, then I went to use the whole wheat program (program #2), and the machine just sat there. I thought for sure it was broken, or not connected properly and I tried to shut it off and reset it - no way you can do that - it finally started turning after 30 minutes, but the ingredients never turned into dough, and the result was a mess.

I decided to try the whole wheat program again, and the same thing happened. This time I called customer service right away, they answered right away, and the lady told me that on program 2, it is designed to wait for 30 minutes, before it starts turning - an omission from the manual, which should have said that.

Anyway, I'm trying program 2 again. We'll see how it turns out.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2012
I bought it from sears yesterday. I really enjoy using this bread maker. It makes great toast for my family. It has the feature that allows me to set a timer to get a fresh bread this morning. Very cool. I made the oatmeal bread with almond and cranberries, very yummy! I will try making other kinds of bread tomorrow. It is very easily to clean up.If you are new to baking try this machine out first. Don't buy an expensive one.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2013
I have been making my own pizza dough for about 6 months now. The process of mixing and kneading the dough for 10-15min usually ends up with my wrist in pain. With that being said, I started keeping an eye out for a bread machine/good mixer to do my work for me. This particular machine popped up in a deals site I visit for $20 just before Thanksgiving at Sears. I hopped on it figuring if it doesn't work good, I can just return it. For me, it's a keeper. I have made several batches of pizza dough that come out perfect as well as a banana nut bread; I'll include those recipes at the bottom.

Appearance:
-There is nothing "wow" about this machines looks. It's a plain vanilla white square with a window on top. Nothing more to really say here.

Cleanup:
-The white plastic is a magnet for dust/fingerprints, but with a quick wipe it comes right off.
-The pan is easy to clean with just a wipe of a soapy rag/sponge.
-Make sure you get the underside of the blade well as some dough gets on the underside.

Cons:
-While making a dense dough, like pizza, the machine will walk itself around the counter. Make sure you put it against the wall/back splash.
-LCD is not back-lit; no problem if you have decent lighting

Pros:
-Fairly quiet
-Easy to operate
-Easy to get the pan in/out

Tips:
-I haven't tried to let my pizza dough rise in the machine, it might work well, but I take the dough out, shape it, and put it in a oiled bowl.
-When making bread, after the mixing stage, you can either empty the dough out into your pan to bake in your oven, leave the blade in and pull it out of the bottom of the loaf, or just reach into the dough with a pair of tongs and pull the blade from the pan (it slides right off)
-When making bread in the machine, check it before the cycle is over as some will tend to over bake (obviously the machine doesn't know what ingredients you are putting in)

Easy pizza dough:

1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
3 3/4 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

-Dissolve 1 tablespoon sugar into 1 1/2 cups of water. I normally put this in the microwave for 1 min to ensure it's up to temp and the sugar melts.
-Mix in 1 1/2 teaspoons of active dry yeast into the sugar water. Wait 5 min. At the end of 5 min you should have froth on top, if not your yeast is dead.
-Put all ingredients into the bread machine pan, starting with dry ingredients.
-Set machine to dough setting
-Let dough go through it's mixing stage
-Let dough go through it's two kneading stages
-Remove dough, shape into ball, place in a oiled bowl, oil the top of the dough, cover in plastic wrap
-Let rise for 1 hr
-Punch dough down. Separate into 2 pieces for thick traditional pizza. Separate into 3 pieces for thin crust.
-Place pieces in individual oiled bowls or on a baking sheet with enough room to spread between them. Cover again.
**Here you will need to decide if you are cooking today or tomorrow. The dough taste much better over night.
--If you are waiting, just place in the fridge over night, then take out 2 hrs before you plan to cook. Preheat oven to highest setting about 45 min prior to cooking.
--If you are cooking today, just leave it out in a draft free area. I normally leave them in the microwave. Let rise for 45 min - 1 hr. During this time, set your oven to it's highest heat setting, mine is 525*
-Place pizza stone on the bottom rack, as low as it will go in your oven. If you don't have a stone, I have heard a baking sheet upside down works.
-Once the dough is ready shape it to your desired size/thickness.
-Put on desired type/amount of sauce
-Put on toppings
-Place onto pizza stone for 8-10 min, until crust is noticeably done.
-Let rest 5 min before cutting
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2014
For the price is an exelent bread maker. If you use an all purpose flour, do not expect your bread will be a success. If you use the flour for bread, you are going to have a great textured tasty bread. I also like the dough option, after I take out the bread paste out of it, is ebbs a little, than I shape it on the pan, than I put it on a warmed, not hot place for 20 more minutes. It raises back, then I put it in the oven, and I bake the bread or bagels in the oven in about 40 minutes on 350°F. Whether you bake the bread in the machine or in your oven, it turns out perfect, the secret is the flour. I love this machine.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2013
it works properly like the original sold at sears but this one doesnt make bread that tastes right. my parents bought it and are still adjusting the bread recipe trying to get the bread to taste right. we dont understand why the bread doesnt taste the same as the other identical one they got from sears. they have followed the recipe and are still adjusting the recipe which theyve never had to do before. otherwise it works just fine. just a few dollars more expensive as sears but they cant seem to get one in a store anywhere.
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on March 28, 2015
This is the 2nd. one and we like it very much. We have owned other machines, but this is the one we liked best.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2015
Machine was as described. Makes great bread!!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2014
Machine have "bake only" setting , good for me some time I want shape dinner roll by hand , put it back to the machine ,let it puff and bake later
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