I delved into baking homemade bread a couple of years ago (you can check out my recipes for honey wheat and pull apart loaves). With everything else that I have going on, I just couldn’t maintain a routine of baking bread every week. While it’s a simple enough process, it’s very time consuming with all of the rising and kneading.
After Zoë started Kindergarten, we started going through a lot more bread, and every time I would read the labels I would be disheartened by the ingredients. And organic and/or sprouted bread can really get pricey when you’re going through a couple loaves a week.
Right when we were talking about how we needed to start baking bread again, we received an amazing breadmaker from Zojirushi to review. Their Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker is their top of the line model, and it even has a gluten free setting!
When I say this thing is amazing, I really mean it. All you have to do is dump your ingredients in this breadmaker and it literally does everything else for you. Mixing, kneading, rising – it’s all done for you. You wind up with an amazing loaf of bread with very little work on your part.
We’ve been baking bread in it for a couple of months now, and it’s very consistent with the results. We modified the sweet bread recipe in the recipe book (added one extra egg and took out the orange peel) to work with our altitude and Brian, Zoë and Kaylee love it for sandwiches.
In addition to baking basic bread in the Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker, you can also make wheat bread, gluten free bread, sourdough starter, dough, jam, cake and quick breads. There is also a homemade menu so you can make things like meatloaf in it. I’ll have to try that one soon. It really is an amazing little machine!
I recently made the banana bread recipe from the book that comes with the bread maker (I added to cacao nibs for some extra flavor) and Brian said it was amazing too.
I made the gluten free bread recipe from the book recently too, and while I didn’t like the combination of flours, it rose better than any of my other gluten free bread making attempts. I’m going to be on the hunt for a new recipe to try soon that uses flours that are more to my taste.
I am so happy we discovered the Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker. We use it every week, and I no longer have to feel guilty buying pre-made bread at the store full of additives and preservatives.
If you’ve been thinking about adding a breadmaker to your kitchen arsenal, I highly recommend the Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker.