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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Having recently relocated to San Antonio and finding a lack of bakeries, I purchased a Cuisinart convection breadmaker. Although the Cuisinart CBK-200 comes with a decent set of recipes, many are laden with fat (with 30% or more of calories coming from added oil, butter, nuts, etc.) and sugars. I try to eliminate oils, fats, sugar and salt from my diet, so I was looking for a healthier alternative to home breadmaking.

Enter The Best Low-Fat, No-Sugar Bread Machine Cookbook. Added fats have been replaced by lean, fruit- and veggie-based alternatives such as unsweetened apple butter, applesauce, minced prunes, and mashed sweet and white potatoes. Sugars such as molasses and honey are replaced by dried fruits (raisins, currants, cherries). Sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini, corn, carrots, kale, and onions are among the many veggies that make a guest appearance.

Although I was doubtful that these healthy, lean (less than 5% calories from fat) breads would be tasty, I have tried three loaves thus far and all were sensational. My first loaf was the Butternut Squash and Balsamic Vinegar loaf (page 51). I substituted canned pumpkin for the squash and dried cherries for the raisins, and the loaf was pleasantly sweet, with an orange color but not an overwhelmingly pumpkin-y taste.

My second loaf was a breakfast bread (Oat and Raisin Bread, page 35). Although I only made a one-pound loaf, the bread was so light and airy that it was nearly as big as a large loaf. Both the Butternut Squash and Oat and Raisin bread are delicious toasted in the morning.

My third loaf was made to accompany soups: lentil bread, with a hearty helping of cooked lentils and Mediterranean flavors courtesy of sage and sea salt. Denser than the first two breads I baked, the lentil bread is a savory, hearty accompaniment to soups and sandwiches.

Although one reviewer mentioned a disasterous loaf of zucchini bread, I am brand new to breadmaking (my first loaf ever was from this cookbook) and have had nothing but success. It's important to add ingredients in the order recommended by your breadmaker: usually liquids first (at room temperature, except for water, which should be between 80-90 degrees), then flours and seasonings, and finally the yeast. The directions are straightforward and easy to follow. Several breads require finishing in the oven (low-fat challah, whole wheat baguettes, pitas). Besides low-fat, no sugar added recipes, the book also includes a chapter on salt-free breads (but not gluten-free).

The Best Low-Fat, No-Sugar Bread Machine Cookbook Ever truly lives up to its name. Although over ten years old, the recipes work beautifully with my brand new, circa 2006 bread machine. Thankfully, the ingredients are fairly common, with some alternative grains and flours (amaranth, quinoa, barley, rye) called for to add variety. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves bread but is looking to lighten up on refined sugars, oils, and salt; these recipes offer all of the taste with none of the guilt.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 1997
I have had tremendous success with this book and the other ones in the series. I don't know if the recipes are just well-suited to my National/Panasonic machine or what, but I have NEVER had a failed recipe in the batch. Granted, the author always suggests to add ingredients in the order that is recommended by your machine, so I suppose a good working knowledge of your bread machine is a must. I especially liked this book and the subsitutes that it has for sugar. I highly recommend this book.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely delicious bread - even my son eats it. Easy to understand and most ingredients are available in Australia. Works great in my new Breville Breadmaker
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2005
I have tried two different recipes now. Even though the recipes are for 1lb and 1.5lb loaves (and I make 2lb loaves), I just double the 1lb ingredients, and everything has turned out fine.

I'm looking forward to trying more of the recipes.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2009
This book is a must for diabetics. There are a ton of recipes to choose from and the book is spiral bound which makes for easy page turning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2014
I love bread, and I love the ease of baking bread with a bread machine. Unfortunately, many bread machine recipes are high in fats and sugars. I ordered this book hoping for something better. Alas, my hopes were not fulfilled. Although the title says the breads are "no-sugar," this is not true. While some recipes are low in sugar, many others make use of grated carrots, minced prunes or figs, apple juice concentrate, potato, or mashed banana - all of which are either high in sugar or convert to sugar in your system. In fact, fruit sugar - fructose - may be even worse for you than table sugar (sucrose). (Just do a quick internet search for numerous references.) So if you're truly trying to avoid sugar, this is not the book for you.

Also, the breads used combinations of flavors that were sometimes odd and unpleasant. My least favorite bread combinations include mushrooms and barley, corn bread with cumin, green apples and curry, and kale with yogurt. (I like many of these things, incidentally - just not in bread.) On the positive side, some of the sourdough recipes sound great, but I have not yet had success in creating a good starter. Starters are available by mail, though, and I'll probably end up ordering some.

I do appreciate the recipes using leftover bread. While they're not bread machine recipes themselves, they are a great way to use up the odds and ends.

In sum, there are a handful of recipes here that I'll probably use from time to time, but not nearly as many as I'd hoped for. And I'll probably end up substituting table sugar for most of the fruit sugars. It's easier and better for you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2013
Every bread I made was great. Loved using the prune to sweeten bread. My kids even enjoy the bread. They don't miss the sugar.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2009
I make the banana and sweet potato breads frequently, my family loves them. These recipes are easy to follow and I have been very pleased. I look forward to trying other recipes in this book. I highly recommend it if you have a bread machine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2008
My family is very happy with this book. It has healthy, great tasting recipes without added fat or sugar that are easily made in the bread maker. Definitely recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I love bread and when was told to watch my carbs, I knew I had to look for a low fatno sugar bread machine book. This one is it!!!
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