If you’re only using your bread maker to make bread, we’ve got a pleasant surprise for you. There are many other things you can use this wonderful machine for. A bread maker is like two machines in one. It has the ability to mix ingredients and also to cook them. So in theory, you could make just about anything you would make in your oven. Here are a few items you can make that will turn out just as tasty (if not more so!) as your favorite loaf.
Breads and other baked goods are things you would expect your bread machine to be able to make. Here are a few popular ones:
If you’re a regular baker, you most likely have many of the ingredients needed in your pantry-flour, sugar, egg, butter. You will also need some yeast and a deep-fryer. Simply place all the ingredients in your bread maker, and at the end of the cycle, you will be left with a nicely risen dough that you can cut out, deep fry in vegetable oil and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Your kids will definitely be impressed with fresh, hot, homemade doughnuts.
Bagels are a little more involved, needing a few more steps, but can come out great using your bread maker to mix the dough. Bagel recipes are mostly pretty basic-flour, salt, sugar and yeast, but of course you can experiment with different ingredients, adding berries, seeds or even chocolate chips. Your bread maker is perfect for mixing the dough, after which you will need to simmer them in water before baking them to get a golden-brown color.
Making pretzels can not only produce a tasty treat, but impart fun as well. After the basic dough is made, kids will have a ball rolling out the dough and shaping it into the classic pretzel-twist. Dip them in a water bath, brush with egg wash, sprinkle with some coarse salt and bake until golden-brown. The perfect treat for movie night or a late afternoon snack.
With pizza delivery being a fast and convenient choice for a lot of on-the-go families, sometimes it’s nice to take the time to make your own, starting from the dough. Making pizza dough in your bread machine allows you to experiment and make flavorful dough with any number of different oils and herbs, giving your pizza that extra kick of flavor that makes home-cooking all worth it.
SLOW-COOKER STYLE RECIPES
Bread makers normally cook at a fairly low temperature (about 300°), which makes them ideal for preparing just about anything you would make in a crock pot. Think slow-simmering soups, stews and sauces. These are just some ideas for slow-cooker style recipes involving a bread maker:
Browning some ground meat with onions and garlic and placing it in your bread machine with some tomatoes, beans and spices can turn out a mouthwatering chili with little effort.
Meatballs and sauce
Another traditional crockpot recipe is marinara sauce and meatballs. Add some crushed tomatoesand fresh herbs and spices to your bread maker and let it simmer all day with some home-made meatballs. Serve over pasta for a favorite the whole family will love.
The pan in a bread maker is ideal for forming a loaf-why not make it out of meat instead of dough? You can use any meatloaf recipe you already have and cook it in your bread machine rather than in the oven.
A hearty stew with lots of veggies and a rich, flavorful broth is easy to make in a bread machine. And you can even top it with some dollops of biscuit dough for an extra way to sop up all that meaty goodness.
Macaroni & Cheese
A favorite comfort food that can easily be cooked in your bread maker. Experiment-add some bacon and mushrooms, or maybe sour cream and chives-and top with some panko breadcrumbs for a delicious, creamy bowl of goodness.
Some ground beef, a green bell pepper and some BBQ and/or steak sauce can turn a hamburger bun into a fun, tasty lunch.
Anyone who has ever made risotto can attest to the fact that it is something that needs your full attention for a long period of time. Since a bread maker can mix constantly, it is the perfect vessel for making a tender, creamy risotto.
Like risotto, scrambled eggs turn out best if they are stirred and heated at the same time, which the Jam setting on most bread machines will do nicely. Once the eggs are almost cooked, add cheese, meat or veggies as you please and you’ve got a great breakfast.
You might not think of your bread maker when you’re deciding what dessert to make, but there are lots of scrumptious choices that will cook up wonderfully-and satisfy your sweet tooth.
Sugar and cinnamon turn dough into a heavenly pull-apart treat that will leave you wanting more.
An old stand-by, banana bread can easily be prepared with blueberries, dried fruit and nuts or even chocolate chips.
There are many different kinds of jam you can prepare in your bread machine. Some are more complicated than others, but a lot are just fruit and sugar. Slow cooking them together will produce a mouth-watering treat to spread on your freshly made bread.
A chocolate cake has never been easier to make. Remember, your bread machine mixes and bakes, so all you need to do is pour in the ingredients and this remarkable machine will do the rest.
As you can see, a bread maker can be used for much more than baking bread. Remember, it’s essentially a mini-oven with a built-in mixer. Use your imagination and think outside the box. Experiment and see what different recipes you can come up with. It could be the single most useful appliance in your kitchen.