5 Stars By Laura A. on 2016-08-03
Works awesome on Gluten Free bread!
This is the appliance I never knew I needed! I saw it on an amazon warehouse deal and thought, what the heck lets try one. I am blown away. I have been baking most of my husband's bread for several years. He has celiacs disease and must have a gluten free diet. This bread maker has a gluten free setting which works awesome. I've made loaf after loaf and they've all come out great! And it's so easy. I just have to dump my ingredients in and walk away. It's never been so easy. And Ive discovered it does other things I had no idea a bread maker could do! I have made several batches of jam in it and they all come out great. This poor machine has run for days straight now making one thing after another as I tested it out. I wasn't sure I was going to keep it at first because I didn't think I needed another appliance- I tried it on a whim. I'm so glad I did- it has really made my life much easier!
5 Stars By ZenWoman on 2016-12-09
First time making bread, and I can't believe how nice it turned out with this machine!
I have never baked bread in my life, but I've always wanted to bake my own bread, and now with this machine I can. It makes it very simple to produce great loaves. I've had it for a week so far and I've baked 3 loaves already and although I'm still in the trial and error phase, all my loaves were great tasting and I was very pleased. I'm including pictures of the 3 breads I baked - a whole wheat bread with cumin (fragrant and wholesome, a little dense as I used regular yeast instead of bread machine yeast), a white sour cream bread (soft and delicious, like French toast from the Bread Machine Cookbook) and a White buttermilk bread (soft and delicious). I cannot believe how fresh and good the bread tastes and it's great to go out for Holiday shopping and come back to the smell of freshly baked bread.
This machine is pretty consistent and I haven't had to do a thing after putting in all the ingredients.
Some things I learned so far:
- Don't mess with the machine, don't open the lid.
- Mix ingredients on counter in the pan then snap it in the machine, otherwise you can risk dropping some ingredients on the heating element and it will burn.
- Measure precisely, don't guess. Use cup and spoon measures.
- Don't put too much liquid, or pack the flour in the cup too much, or put in too much yeast. The bread machine cookbook suggested too much yeast for most recipes and one 2 lb loaf just rose up against the glass lid and the top was underbaked. Fleishmann's website suggests just 1/2 tsp of bread machine yeast per cup of flour but the bread machine cookbook suggests a bit more and the bread rises too much! It's best to bake a 1.5 lb loaf in this machine when you're first trying a recipe as it comes out with a nicer crust, and you give some margin in case the dough rises too much!
- Once you've got the hang of it, which you will pretty quickly, do experiment. I already tried cumin in one loaf with great success, and look forward to trying all kinds of nuts, seeds, flavorings.
- Keeping bread in a plastic bread box on the counter keeps it fresh, I found a transparent shoe box at the Depot that is doubling perfectly as a bread box.
I am so pleased with this machine and looking forward to trying more recipes and creating my own!
5 Stars By JKapp on 2016-05-12
A Hit for Mother's Day!
I purchased this breadmaker as a gift for my wife on Mother's Day, and it was a hit. She is a woman with every high-end kitchen item there is (think Vitamix, KitchenAid, and Cuisinart), but I had convinced her for many years not to buy a breadmachine because such machines seem get stuffed into to the back corner of the pantry, never to be seen from again. Not so with this unit. With kids at home, we have used it to bake a variety of breads (white, maple wheat, cinnamon, etc.), typically 4-5 loaves per week, and the results have been consistently good. The included recipes are simple and tasty. The automatic "hold warm" function at the end of baking is a nice feature. The mixing paddle has never been left in the bread, and it leaves almost no gap or hole in the bottom of the loaf.
A few helpful quicktips:
1. Place the unit in the middle of the counter (the instructions note this, but worth repeating). The machine gently vibrates during kneading.
2. Add ingredients in the order they are listed in the recipe, and use a butter knife to level your measurements (a heaping cup or tablespoon is very different from an actual cup or tablespoon).
3. Place the finished loaf on a cooling rack for 10 minutes before cutting into it.
4. Enjoy healthy, fresh bread!
5 Stars By Terry R. Nye on 2013-09-26
very good bread machine
The Hamilton Beach HomeBaker bread machine is a versatile machine for not only kneading dough and baking bread but also for making jams. The machine arrives well-packaged and pretty much ready to go right out of the box. I was surprised by how lightweight it is. It utilizes a vertical non-stick bread pan, which means your bread will not look like the loaves you see in the store, but they will still be shaped to where you can cut your bread into sandwich slices if desired. Two non-stick kneading paddles are provided, but only one is used. I don't know why an extra is provided, but it is kind of handy to have in case you lose one. A very thick printed owner's manual is provided that explains exactly how to use the machine and also provides some helpful recipes.
Operation of the machine is pretty intuitive and straightforward. You fill the pan with wet ingredients first, then add the dry ingredients. After you put your pan in the machine you select which function you want the machine to perform (there are 12 different cycles to select from including ones for jam and cake), select your desired crust, select the loaf size (the machine can bake 1-1/2 or 2-1/2 pound loaves), and then press the start button. You can add things to your bread during the kneading process (e.g. nuts, seeds, raisins) at any time by simply raising the lid and dropping them into the pan. A basic loaf of bread will be kneaded and baked in about 3 hours. There are settings available to delay baking if desired (in case you want to wake up in the morning to the smell of freshly baked bread, for instance). The bread is easy to remove from the pan after baking, and clean up is minimal.
If you are new to home bread making this is an easy way to enjoy homemade fresh bread and experiment with different types of bread recipes without all the hard work that is usually involved with making bread from scratch. You can buy packaged bread machine mixes in your grocery store but there is really no need to do so. All you need is flour, salt, sugar, instant yeast, some oil or butter, and water. I find it is cheapest to buy instant yeast in bulk (the included recipes refer to bread machine yeast but plain old instant yeast works just fine). You will also get better results if you use bread flour instead of regular flour, although either can be used. You will also find your breads will be a little chewier if you add some gluten to your mix (about 1-1/2 tablespoons works well with a 2.5 pound loaf). Machines of this type are also really useful for making pizza dough for homemade pizza. It is so much easier than making pizza dough in a mixer.
I found the Hamilton Beach HomeBaker to be very easy to operate. It is fairly quiet during operation and does a nice job of baking bread. At its currently selling price of around $65 it is a very good value. There are certainly more expensive bread baking machines that you can buy (e.g. Zojirushi) but this Hamilton Beach product will bake perfectly good loaves of bread at a fraction of the cost. It is definitely recommended and, with the holidays coming soon, would make an excellent gift.
5 Stars By Kathy J. Coons on 2014-01-08
Love it !
I bought this bread maker because I had found a low-carb bread machine recipe. I have made two loaves and one I doubled the recipe. I did this on setting 3 and they have turned out great ! I have also made whole wheat , banana bread and a orange cake loaf for my husband. It doesn't get much easier than this folks. No mixing bowls and beaters to clean ! One pan clean up ! ðŸ˜€ðŸ‘
3 Stars By seaweed_and_salt on 2017-11-21
Good bread machine. But you cannot disable these loud and annoying beeps.
Instructions are clear. Machine is easy to use. Everything works well so far. But - that beep! Why is there no way to turn off these very loud and annoying beeps? The idea with the delay timer sounds great to have it make bread during the night - but all these loud beeps (10 [!] beeps when the bread is done) WILL wake you up. So only 3/5 stars because of that annoying beep. PLEASE put in a switch so that people can disable it.
5 Stars By Kindle Customer Grey on 2017-10-25
It's a good bread machine!
Good price - makes great bread - seems well built.
The only negative for me is that there is no programing to take the mixing paddle out,
so the bread has a hole in it.
3 Stars By Greg C. on 2017-11-11
The bread got stuck on the paddle and I had ...
The bread got stuck on the paddle and I had to beat it out of the machine. Has not done that but once. If you are going to buy a bread machine this one is okay for the price.
5 Stars By jutty on 2017-11-17
The bread is coming out nice and the recipe book is good too
Working well so far. The bread is coming out nice and the recipe book is good too. Clean up is a breeze. Seems to be a good product.
5 Stars By chrystal on 2017-09-28
Had a gluten free setting!
Only used this a few times, but so far so good! Like that all I have to do us dump all the ingredients in and push a button. Kids even got a kick out of it watching it mix the dough.