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Betty Crocker's Best Bread Machine Cookbook: The Goodness of Homemade Bread the Easy Way Hardcover-spiral – Jan 22 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Betty Crocker (Jan. 22 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028630238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028630236
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 2.7 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 930 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Old-fashioned bread the new-fashioned way, Betty calls it. Easy, convenient, modern. There's no knead for loafing. Not with that fabulous combination in the kitchen: Betty Crocker and the bread machine.

The construction of this book, first of all, is wonderful. The cover is hard and the binding is heavy, enameled spiral. Each page lays flat on the counter, or you can hold the book open on one arm while doing something with the other hand. This suggests that Betty Crocker wrote her bread-baking cookbook with serious use in mind. She certainly tested her recipes. A variety of bread machines were used, which means that each recipe was tested a number of different times. Betty tells you exactly what kind of flour she used, as well as salt, size of eggs, kind of yeast, etc. She leaves nothing to chance.

Bread machine baking has its own peculiarities, and Betty addresses all these right up front, the hows and how-tos (as well as the whys and wherefores) of getting the perfect loaf every time. There's a troubleshooting section, as well as a frequently asked question section. Then it's right into the recipes, all 130 of them.

There are Good and Savory Loaves (Cheese Onion Bread) and Wholesome Grain Loaves (Toasted Almond Whole Wheat Bread), Fruit and Vegetable Harvest Loaves (Dried Apricot Bread), Smaller Can Be Just Right Loaves (these are one-and-a-half-pound loaves), and then several chapters on breads you start in the bread machine, but finish in the oven. These include braided sweet breads, pizza dough, rustic-style breads, and coffeecakes.

Any bread machine owner is going to love to loaf with Betty Crocker. --Schuyler Ingle

From the Back Cover

With the press of a botton, enjoy an exciting collection of satisfying homemade breads and doughs!

Betty Crocker takes the mystery out of the bread machine and brings you easy-to-use recipes for 1-pound, 1 1/2-pound and 2-pound loaves. Everyone loves fresh bread, but not the time it takes to make it.

Bread machines are great because they take the work out of making homemade bread.

We've packed this book with over 130 recipes to tempt your tastebuds. There are recipes for breads your machine makes, in addition to recipes for doughs that you shape and bake in a conventional oven. You'll also find easy-to-follow illustrations on how to shape and trim doughs into great loaves of bread!

Best of all, you can trust these recipes will work in your bread machine because the Betty Crocker kitchens have tested every recipe in many different machines to ensure success at home. There's nothing better than the taste of homemade bread—and no one brings it to you better than Betty Crocker.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Sonino on Oct. 14 2002
Format: Hardcover-spiral
when I bought my bread machine a year ago I was really excited about buying a cookbook to try it out. I found so many books, and most of the reviews said "buy this one it's the best", or "you won't need another one"... I got all confused. So, since I have most Betty Crocker cookbooks, I choose this one, 'cause I know they only have try and true recipes. In fact, it didn't let me down.
The book starts with an introduction about bread machines in general, how they work, and ingredients. It has a chart with all kinds of flours and teaches you what kind of bread you'll get.
Then the recipes. Including here, classics like white bread, Sally Lunn, garlic bread. New ones like orange capuccino brad. It has one of the best bagel recipe.
It's divided in 7 chapters:
Chapter 1: Good and Savory loaves
Chapter 2: Wholesome Grains Loaves
Chapter 3: Fruit and Veggie Harvest Loaves
Chapter 4: Smaller Can Be jst Right
Chapter 5: Rustic Loaves and Flatbreads
Chapter 6: Satisfying Rolls and Breadsticks
Chapter 7: Sweet breads and Coffee Cakes
The book has plenty of pictures, and this, especially for a beginner, is pretty important to know what it will look like the bread you are gonna bake.
A year later, I find myself still using this fantastic book and having excellent results. It has over 130 recipes so it's impossible to get bored.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20 2000
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I bought this book when I bought my bread machine. I really love the variety of recipes in this book. I have tried two recipes already that are really very easy to make and easy to follow. I also like the feature that it has a spiral binding and lies flat!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 5 2002
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This was the first bread machine cookbook we bought...and so far the only one we need. My favorites so far...the raisin cinnamon, the blueberry/cranberry...which I have modified to make; cranberry, cranberry/walnut, and cherry/blueberry...all wonderful. Last week made the sticky bun recipe, but modified to use pecans...these rolls were OUTSTANDING. If you are looking for one bread machine book to buy...go for this one. We have a Breadman Ultimate Machine and I have had no trouble making wonderful eats with this cookbook.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flame_926 on June 28 2004
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I often use this book when I want to have fresh bread but don't have the patience to make it by hand. It has everything from a classic white bread to coffee cakes and pizza.
Overall I would have liked to see a bit more photos (not all recipes had a corresponding photo although most did) but was very happy with the book in general. In the introduction there is a detailed "possible problem" list that contains common mistakes, what they look like, and how to avoid making them.
Each recipe was very simple to understand and read, having numerous success tips (every recipe was tested before being included in the book)and nutritional information.
Some of the recipes that I tried were: Mediterranean Herbed Bread, Sally Lunn, Sweet Orange Bread with Orange Glaze, Two-Cheese Pizza, and several kings of Dinner Rolls.
Overall probably the best bread machine currently on the market due to its attention to detail and quantity of recipes that really work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Joy Albrecht on May 27 2003
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Every recipe from this book comes out perfect every time!! Delicious complement-gathering recipes with an assortment of bread types. Bread is awesome -- bakery quality, not like your typical "bread machine" bread. If your bread machine has been collecting dust, this is the book that inspire you to start using it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lola on Aug. 9 2012
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This cookbook is full of helpful information for beginners, and features pages about humidity, sea-level, the best and worst types of flours, yeast substitutions, as well as depictions of common mistakes and outcomes supplied helpfully by pictures. There are tips and suggestions with every recipe, and sometimes even a companion recipe, such as a spread, or sandwich combination. The recipes look fantastic, and I just pulled a coffee cake out of the oven, and couldn't be happier with my purchase! Money well spent!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book Worm on April 24 2001
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I've used a bread machine for the past 5 years (2 actually I wore out the first). This cookbook has a wonderful format and a nice variety of breads and rolls to choose from. It has become my favorite gift to give friends who have bread machines. One thing that I do that give better texture is to use the dough cycle on my machine and bake it in a regular oven. That way I get a regular sized loaf with a nice soft crust.
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I made one loaf the day I got the book from the library. Haven't tasted it yet but on the contents and photos alone I have deceided I have to have this book and am ordering it now. I already have 5 or 6 Bread machine cookbooks but this seems to be the best by far and I know it will become the one I use most often.
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