Sweet Potato Muffins
The bread machine is one modern invention that doesn t get nearly as much credit as it deserves. In fact compared to toasters blenders and coffee makers bread machines are the unsung heroes of kitchen appliances. It s a real shame when you think about it. Good kitchen appliances are prized because they make life a little easier. And bread machines take one of the most time consuming labor intensive things you can do in a kitchen-making bread-and makes it both fast and easy. There s just nothing like eating a slice of warm homemade bread fresh from the oven. And not only does homemade bread taste great it also smells heavenly. In fact the smell of bread baking in the oven can do anything from improve your mood to help sell your house. Most people would eat fresh homemade bread every day if they could.
Improvers are additives used to quicken the rising time increase volume and enhance texture. Salt is one of the most common improvers; it is used to enhance flavour and the crumb (the inside of the bread) by strengthening the gluten. Improvers may include ascorbic acid and ammonium chloride. Certain fats such as butter vegetable oils lard and egg fat are solid at room temperature. These shortenings as they are known are used to keep the structure together during the development of the gluten. A fat content of about 3% by weight is considered best to enhance leavening. Fats also help tenderise bread and preserve its freshness. Cooking is usually by baking in an oven. But bread can be made by frying in oil (eg Indian puri) baking on a dry frying pan (eg Mexican tortillas) and by steaming (eg Chinese mantou).
You can even find larger machines that make 2-pound loaves. But keep this in mind. Homemade bread has no preservatives and will go stale faster than store-bought bread. Will your family be able to eat a 2-pound loaf of bread before it goes stale? If not stick with the 1-pound loaf bread machine. Do You Need a Machine with a Timer? Some bread machines come with delay timers so you can set the bread maker to start at a certain time. Using a timer you can set the machine to start while you re asleep or out shopping. If you time it right your bread can finish baking just as you arrive home from work. And what can be better after a hard day at work than a slice of warm freshly-baked bread? Getting the Most Out of Your Machine Yes bread machines are nearly fool-proof. But there are things you can do to get the best results possible from your machine.
To beat your diabetes you need to eat food that is low in sugar low in fat low in salt high in fibre and has low GI values ie it releases glucose into your bloodstream relatively slowly. Some kinds of bread fit this bill; others do not. Bread is made from flour ie grain that has been ground into powder. Common wheat is usually used because its flour has high levels of gluten which gives the dough sponginess and elasticity. But bread is also made from other species of wheat (eg durum and spelt) and other grains such as rye barley corn (maize) and oats. The non-wheat grains usually have wheat flour mixed into the flour. The quality of bread depends largely on the protein content of the flour. The best breads use flour with 12 to 14% protein rather than all-purpose wheat flour which only contains 9 to 12% protein.