I feel like the bargin shopper, "New Mom" with my yard sale find, a West Bend bread machine for $1! Tis true, I was shocked too! It was missing a kneading bar, which I was able to purchase on the manufacturer's website, and I did watch it very carefully to be sure it didn't catch on fire during the first use (hey, you cannot be to careful with yard sale finds!)
Because it was my first time making bread on my own, I chose to follow the basic white bread recipe from the instruction manual (which I'm sure most of you would have never done, as you are all wonderful cooks :D )
Here's how my bread turned out:
It did turn out a little short in length, I think because the yeast I used wasn't for the 1 hour setting I used. It was so delicious when it first began cooling, then afterwards it was so, "blah".
Do you have a great recipe for bread that lasts longer than the the warmth from the oven? If so, I'd love if you could share your recipes and tips on making great bread that is worth slicing and using daily!