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An Alternative to Take Out or Frozen Varieties
You know how I used to make bread or buns? I’d get the frozen stuff from the grocery store. For bread, I just shoved it into a loaf pan. For buns, I let it defrost to where I could cut through it with a sharp knife then bunch them together like buns!
Both outcomes were great and yummy but not exactly the healthiest. Even in that version there are still some additives and stuff I don’t put in my homemade recipes.
So for Christmas a couple of years ago, I used my Christmas money to purchase what turned out to be the BEST small appliance in my kitchen – a bread machine (my Crock Pot runs a very a close second).
My newest machine is a Cuisinart with Convection that I absolute love. I don’t know how many of you have tried one of these babies out but the idea of the machine is to mix, knead, rise and bake your loaf all in the same machine!
Yeah, yeah…I know there are some foodies out there who think if you aren’t interacting with the ingredients and the dough that it isn’t really baking. I can do it both ways this just saves me time, mess (which takes time to clean) and lets me do a bunch of other things while it’s doing all the work for me!
Plus all the kiddos around here–from Soph all the way to Jaimie–can help put the ingredients in there!
The machine has a digital display that shows you the number of your bread setting, crust color, loaf size and minute-by-minute countdown! And there’s a button for each of those displays too (loaf size, crust color and menu) so you can customize your bread. We use the ‘Dough’ setting most often. And our favorite dough to make is pizza dough!
Every Friday around here is pizza night. Up until we started our new ‘addititive-free’ way of eating, we bought one of those Quick-Rise frozen pizzas. I don’t think I have to tell you how shocked I was to see all the crap that goes into those!
So began my quest of making the perfect pizza dough and sauce that our kiddos would eat that was ‘as good as’ the frozen stuff. After many, many trial versions, I finally created ‘Mama’s Perfect Pizza’ for the breadmaker. I’ll share my recipe with you but…shhhhh….don’t tell anyone.
Okay, I actually stole…er…borrowed…the recipe from Jamie Oliver’s “Jamie at Home ” cookbook and tweaked it to make it my own. I don’t think he’d mind.
For the fussy eaters in my house, this is a favorite…they don’t even like the fast-food stuff anymore!!
So give it a try and see what you can come up with. (BTW: Chef Oliver would probably tell you that making it with your hands is much better and more fun. I prefer this way because, like my Jaimie, I don’t always like getting my hands dirty.)