After multiple unsuccessful attempts at making a decent loaf of bread in my bread machine, I put it on the shelf where it has stayed for eons collecting dust and mocking me. That all changed when I was browsing Amazon and came across Linda Rehberg's Bread Machine Magic. The reviews said to not give up on your automatic bread maker until you give the recipes in this book a try.
I've only tried two recipes so far but the Heavenly Bread has become a staple, an instant classic. This loaf is, indeed, heavenly and unlike any whole grain bread I've ever tried. It's light with the most wonderful flavor and texture. It uses 2/3 whole grain flour and 1/3 bread flour which makes it the perfect combination of delicious and nutritious. I love knowing exactly what is going into each and every loaf. Buying good quality ingredients in bulk works out much cheaper than the $4 loaves that the supermarkets are selling. And it's so easy. Just dump the ingredients into the machine in the order listed, set the maker to the suggested cycle and press start. Sunday afternoon I make a large loaf and Rob has the absolute best quality bread for his weekday lunch sandwiches. I'm going to try an apple breakfast bread this weekend!
Bread used to be a big problem for me but with portion control I've been able to handle it well and really enjoy it. It hasn't triggered any issues for me, but if you're just starting out trying to get emotional overeating or binge disorder under control, I suggest that you wait on breaking out the bread machine. If you're well into living a healthy lifestyle, though, give this book a try.
The smell of fresh bread baking in the house is pure joy. I'm so happy that I listened to the reviewers because even if I only ever make the Heavenly Bread recipe over and over, I feel like I got my money's worth.