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Sep 29, 2013 05:01 AM

Quick Bread machine advice please

I went to 5 stores pre-Succos to finally purchase a bread machine (after years of refusing to do so and making less than stellar Challah). My family wants the exact recipe of Mrs. N's Challah, our lovely neighbor and friend. It seems you cannot purchase a bread machine in the store anymore so I am online now and ready to order. Which brand will be reliable and will make enough for one Shabbos (three loaves) or a bigger crowd when Yom Tov comes? My neighbor's brand has been discontinued. Also, which site should I order from?

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  1. I don't know where you are located............
    I don't use a bread machine, in fact we have two out in the garage
    I was in Target and Bed Bath and Beyond this morning and they both stock bread machines. Target had three and BBB had 5 models in the store I was in.

    Try mass merchandisers and you should have no trouble finding one.

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    1. re: bagelman01

      The following stores did not have any bread machines:
      Sears, Macys the Cellar, Walmart, Target. I was told that BB and B did not have it. I was pretty surprised. I am in the Monsey/Paramus area. I tried both places. I did not post on the baking thread because I wanted to know which one would be best for the amt of Challah I would need. I am a novice and I did not want to get the wrong one for this particular job. I am so surprised that this isn't a simple question. Thanks for your help. I need more suggestions please.

      1. re: cappucino

        I am surprised by these results as we enter the 4th quarter and stores stock up for holiday buying.

        I have two in the garage, both were gifts. We didn't like them much because one made loaves that were much too small and the other took too long to bake.

        I make my dough in a KitchenAid and usually make a 3 or 5 braid challah. I then bake on a stone in my oven. I have an outdoor pizza oven that would be perfect, but it's dairy.

        The biggest bread machines I saw in the store make a 2 lb loaf, this doesn't seem like it would be big enough for your needs. There seem to be a number of bakers on this board who make challah, but I don't think many use bread machines.

    2. Did you try asking advice on the home cooking board, there are good threads there on baking/cooking equipment

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      1. re: AdinaA

        There's actually a cookware board which, for this question, is more appropriate than the home cooking board.

        That said, here's my 2 cents . . . I make challah/bread every week for shabbat, but the most flour that can go into my machine is four cups . . . in other words, a recipe that uses four cups of flour; there is room for the other ingredients, of course. It depends on the size of loaves you want, but you would not be able to make three large loaves from any machine I am familiar with. (I'm on my fourth or fifth machine, so I do have some experience.) However, the dough cycle takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes; you could do two or three batches of dough, and then combine them, or just make one loaf from each batch.

        Believe me, I'm the biggest fan of bread machines, but if you never plan to bake the loaves in it, you may be happier with a big mixer.

        1. re: MartyB

          I've had several over the years, a Panasonic, a Bradman, an Oster and Zojirushi. The Zojirushi was my favorite, albeit the most expensive. I found it easy to use and I liked the regular 'loaf of bread' shape. I no longer have a bread machine, but if I were to buy one, I'd read onlinecreviews. Check it's sort of a digest for different review sites. I use it often.

        2. if you are making 3 loaves at a time i'm not sure a bread machine is big enough for you. i used to have a zojurushi which i eventually wore out (it was that great!) but i only could make one loaf at a time.

          also, if you are going to be braiding it, maybe you want a mixer instead of a bread machine?? i had a bosch mixer which i got from pleasant hill grains online. it would easily handle 3 loaves at a time.

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          1. re: rmarisco

            Okay. I just bought the only bread maker on the shelf at a Target in my area (not the Target I went to before the holiday). It is a Black and Decker and it states it is 1.5 lb. I think it is not going to be enough, but I will try. This is a big concession for me because I have always made it by hand, but mine is never as good as anyone else's. I will report back. Again, I posted here not on the other boards because we all know what I mean when I say 3 loaves of Challah for Shabbos and I just want to copy the success of others at this point. I aim to be a shameless copycat.

            1. re: cappucino

              I have a 1 1/2 lb bread machine for a few years. Love it. The ease of cleanup, and have a delicious recipe for bread machine . 1 1/2 lb makes 2 small loaves for about 3 people or one loaf enough for approx 6 people .

              1. re: cappucino

                What do people not like about your challah? Depending on the issue, it could be your recipe, not your technique.

            2. I have this one (which I purchased on Amazon). I am very happy with it. When I bake challah- I use 14 cups of flour- I remove the dough from the machine after it's finished kneading. I then let the dough rise in a separate bowl and continue from there. I don't think that the machine would hold any more flour than the amount that I use, but you do it a few batches if necessary. The kneading cycle is not that long.
              I find Cuisinart to have very good customer service if something goes wrong...

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              1. re: EmpireState

                EmpireState, thanks for posting about this machine! I 've been rhinking about getting a machine but they never make enough dough for our purposes. This one sounds just right!

                1. re: Miri1

                  Just don't forget to take the dough out of the machine before it rises!

                2. re: EmpireState

                  What kind of yeast do you use? Do you have a challah recipe you recommend for that Cuisinart bread machine?