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My Breadmachine Died! in the middle of a cycle...

I was going to post my favorite bread machine recipe for all those of you who have bread machines. And then I decided I wanted to make a loaf before I posted.

And then my machine decided to die 5 minutes into the cycle. It would seem the main bearing has went out of it.

So I decided to dump the dough out, knead it, throw it in a bowl to let rise, and see what I could salvage.

But now... now this recipe is not only my favorite bread machine recipe BUT it's now my all around favorite recipe! It can be made in your machine OR by hand and turns out wonderfully!

It is different how it's put together.... this is no typo. Be sure to go against most bread machine's manufacturers recommendations and put together the bread just as typed.

1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C) cost: For the sake of argument .01
2 tablespoons white sugar cost: .02
1 package bread machine yeast cost: I by the jar, .47
1/4 cup vegetable oil cost: .08
3 cups bread flour cost: .49
1 teaspoon salt cost: .01

Place the water, sugar and yeast in the bread machine pan. Let the yeast dissolve and foam for 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes, add the oil, flour and salt to the yeast. Select Basic or White Bread setting and press start.

Now when my machine's beater started to whip around it made a couple of passes and then nothing.

I dumped all out of the pan into a bowl and started mixing and kneading with my hands, just folding it over and over. I did this about 50 times. Oiled the top of the ball, flipped over and oiled the bottom of the ball and flipped it back over. I placed saran wrap over the bowl and let rise for about 1 1/2 hours. I then punched the dough down, pinched off walnut size pieces, shaped into balls with smooth tops and dropped two balls into each buttered muffin tin. I covered the tins once again, let them rise for approximately 1 hour, threw them in a 375 degree oven for 11 minutes and this was the best dinner rolls I've ever made!

The total cost for this recipe was $1.08. It made 12 dinner rolls and 1 1 pound loaf of bread. It would make approximately 1 2 pound loaf of bread.


  1. I love my Bread Machine! It makes bread making so easy. I got mine at a Thrift Store for about $10.00. It was brand new and still wrapped in plastic in the box. It even had the directions. Thrift stores are a great place to find new or like new bread machines. If it doesn't have the directions, you can usually find them online or request them from the manufacturer.

  2. Amy glad to hear you are a thrifter like I am. My current dead machine was bought at an estate auction for $5, brand new/still wrapped in the plastic. It should have lasted longer than it has, but I got my money's worth out of it. Now I'm on the hunt again and will keep my eyes open at thrift stores, auctions and on craigs list.

  3. Sorry to hear about your bread machine. I want to find one so bad but until then, will continue to try and do things the old way. I hope you find another soon!


  4. I had a bread machine once and I think it died a similar death to yours.

    I switched to a KitchenAid I bought for $35 at a garage sale and used it for about 3 years until I killed it...also mixing bread dough. (BTW, I sold the bowl, beater and dough hook on eBay for more than the $35 I paid for the mixer to begin with...LOL!)

    Now I use a Bosch Universal mixer for bread. It was costly upfront, but worth every penny.

    It's been ages, though, since I kneaded bread by hand. Not sure my wrists would hold up anymore. :)

  5. goat creek grandma Bread machines are usually easy to find at garage sales, thrift stores and auctions. You can even check freecycle and craigs list for a bargain. I'm sure if you are anything like me, I see them everywhere until now that I need one.

    annie I have a stand up mixer off brand and I dont even want to try it. I doubt that it would last long since it's a cheaper version. I was really surprised when kneading this dough recipe, I figured I would poop out before it had been kneaded enough, but it turned out great with about 50 kneads. I've never heard of the machine you speak of. Is it just a kneader machine?

  6. Sounds heavenly.
    I love the smell of freshly-baked bread.

    ...and eating the middle out of it like I used to as a child. ;)