OK, no denying, the machine takes less effort – quelle surprise!
I can get my bread machine “loaded” in about 5 minutes. The only responsibility I have after that is to be around about 3 hours later to yank the bread out. OK, it’s easy. And it’s fast.
30 minutes of labor, including clean up, and I had enough dough for two loaves of bread happily rising in the refrigerator.
The deal is, you have to let it rise for at least two hours… You can safely ignore it up to four hours at this point, before punching the dough down.
A few more minutes was all it took to have the bread shaped… A few rolls for right now… a few for later and a loaf for later as well. You can actually leave the dough alone and unshaped for up to three days in the frig… Or you can shape it, and refrigerate or freeze it – it’s very forgiving that way.
Oh, that also makes it very convenient!
Now, you can either set these little babies on the counter (all nice and covered of course) to rise for about two to three hours. Or you can stuff ’em in the refrigerator (again) and let them rise in there, which takes considerably longer. Either way, you’ve got some free time on your hands.
And the results?
So, what do I do to keep busy while waiting for the bread? Depends on the day… Today, it was this:
Bottom line… Total, actual labor was a bit over 45 minutes.
Big surprise – we all knew the bread machine was a time saver. But…
The enjoyment of making bread by hand, the results that are oh so much better… those are worth a bit more effort.
Sure, I’ll probably still use La Machina when I’m just too busy otherwise… But… I may jest get in the habit of Friend 2 and make dough to sit in the ‘frig ready and waiting for me…