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The Artisan Bread Machine: Everything Old is New Again

by Judith Fertig

The Artisan Bread Machine: Everything Old is New Again

When the first automatic bread machine was released in Japan in 1986 by Matsushita Electric Industrial (now Panasonic), it slowly began to revolutionize the way bread was made in kitchens all over the world. By the late 1980s, Sanyo and Zojirushi were also producing bread machines. By the early 1990s, the automatic bread machine had started making new converts of traditional bread bakers in the United Kingdom and North America, where it had at first been viewed as a flash-in-the-bread-pan novelty.

The reason? The bread machine has become a trusted baking assistant, allowing us to enjoy homemade bread without hovering over a bowl of dough. We’re free to get the rest of dinner prepared or that report finished or the laundry done while our trusty assistant is at work. You program the bread machine, and it does the rest — mixing, kneading and baking — all in a controlled environment, thanks to its built-in microchip. You don’t have to worry about the temperature of the ingredients, your kitchen or the oven.

The bread machine does it all for you — and it does a superior job of mixing and kneading. In addition, bread machines can make jams and preserves, bake quick breads and loaf-shaped cakes, and even mix and bake meatloaf. If you think of your bread machine as a not-quite-silent assistant under your supervision, you can make a surprising range of soul-satisfying artisan breads.

Nothing says “you’re home” like the aroma of bread baking — but who says it always has to be in your oven?

 

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