One of the household appliances you will find in any modern kitchen is a bread maker. For several years, bread makers have been used to make dough and bread for the home. These days, people with small kitchens dream of baking bread for their small families.
If you are inquisitive to know anything about bread making, the obvious destination will surely be a commercial bakery that makes bread and dough in large quantities. However, the advent of these compact kitchen appliances allows you to make bread conveniently and affordably. This has grown the interest of people into knowing how a bread maker works.
Probably, you may be asking “What makes it so unique and distinct? Can this compact yet effective kitchen appliance serve as a bakery?”. Most importantly, you may have quizzed yourself on how this machine works.
One remarkable fact about a bread maker is that it is capable of doing all the baking tasks for you. Although it is a compact machine, it is capable of making a loaf of bread for the entire family.
The unique fact about it is that the tin that holds the bread is built with an axle that joins the tin to a motor. Furthermore, a waterproof seal is used between the axle and the time to keep the ingredients intact.
Before baking your bread, you have to load the tin with your ingredients. Baking a loaf of bread isn’t far-fetched, however, you need to know the right proportion of the ingredients required in the bread production.
After loading the tin with ingredients, pop the tin back into the oven. Make use of the control panel to choose one of the baking programs to prepare the bread. Then, close the lid and wait for some time for your bread to bake. If your bread machine has a transparent glass lid, count yourself among the lucky people because you can watch and observe the bread-making process on the countertop.
Some manufacturers have designed bread machines with modern features such as LCD display, delayed timer, progress indicator, and built-in memory. The built-in memory is a feature that allows the bread machine to survive blackouts, then the baking process continues when the power is restored.
On the other hand, the delayed timer is great if you don’t want to give undue attention to your bread maker, it makes you do other kitchen chores and activities.
You can program the delay baking to a specific time when you will be awake or close to the machine. For instance, you can delay your bread’s baking time and program it to start in the morning hours for you to kickstart your day to enjoy a piece of fresh tasty bread.
Although bread makers differ in size and design, basically, they all perform the same purposes. For most bread machines, you will find the following:
- Power supply lead.
- Air vent – to allow the flow of air into the dough.
- Baking tin – to load ingredients.
- Detachable kneading paddle – clicks onto the axle integrated via the center of the tin.
- Exhaust port – it enables steam to pass from the baking tin out of the machine through the lid.
- LCD/Digital display.
- Touch-control panel.
- Plastic casing – it insulates the oven to prevent casualties such as burns.
Although the bread maker does the entire baking process for you, it may take time to finish its work. A lot of bread machines take about 2 to 6 hours to finish the entire baking process.
Even though a break maker works the way a baker would make the bread, it is not rocket science. You need to correctly measure and use the right ingredients in the bread preparation.
If you should use the wrong proportion of ingredients, the end results may turn out to be disastrous. This is the reason why you have to load the bread machine with the right quantity of salt, flour, water, milk, yeast, etc and let the machine do its work.
Mixing and Kneading
At the touch of a button, you can choose a program based on your baking needs and preferences. After starting the machine, the first command you have to do is kneading and mixing.
Using the dough book, the machine starts by mixing all the ingredients together. Then, it will take some minutes (about 15 to 20 minutes) to allow the dough rest, however, this depends on the brand and model of the bread machine.
The resting period enables the gluten to develop. After that, the dough hook will start turning again and knead the dough for a period of 5 to 7 minutes.
Rising is done when the internal temperature of the machine is raised by the programmed thermostat. This allows the bread to rise for some time in anticipation of the baking process.
The bread maker is designed with a microchip; this device regulates the thermostat. The baking process starts when the thermostat is programmed to the appropriate temperature.
The time used to bake the bread varies depending on the programmed settings of the bread maker and the amount of heat is released.