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The whole fun of baking bread is kneading! (at least for me ) For me using a bread machine won't give me the feeling I really did it myself.
I just use it to get my hands clean every once in a while.
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Old 06.05.2021, 12:16
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I find bread maker advertising to be slightly disingenious.
TBF many of the recipes included with machines, and even more that you can find in other books and online, are only using the machine for the kneading/proving parts, to produce perfect dough of the types required to make all the loaves in your picture.

I don't think anyone would be lead by the advertising to expect a loaf-shaped baking vessel to produce a croissant or a baguette, would they?
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Old 06.05.2021, 12:38
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I use Hamilton Beach Bread Maker which does literally everything.
If you bake frequently, it makes sense to buy a bread machine. The appliance will make it easy for you to mix the dough evenly and knead it. A bread machine will save you a lot of time and effort you would put in kneading the dough
That reads so spammy. I'm sure you have nothing to do with the company, and you really are based in Frankfurt
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Old 06.05.2021, 12:42
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This is my first thread so apologies if I have posted in the wrong place.

I have been baking various breads and have enjoyed it very much, found it therapeutic during these difficult times. I would like to share this knowledge with others by offering some classes and also bring people together (albeit online during this period). Just wanted to ask people if there is an interest among people to learn bread baking? Is it something people would be willing to pay a small amount towards to learn over a couple of hours? Frankly, is it worth trying to establish or are people generally disinterested in this sort of craft? Any advice and views will be most appreciated.
There are so many great Youtube videos showing you how to bake every kind of bread step by step, in clear and concise detail, that I do not think you would be able to compete with that or form a successful business around it to make it a good living as opposed to a hobby. People don't generally pay for what they can get for free elsewhere.

But hey who knows, if you can try it without impacting the rest of your life then go for it!
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Old 06.05.2021, 13:22
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I don't think anyone would be lead by the advertising to expect a loaf-shaped baking vessel to produce a croissant or a baguette, would they?
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What's fun got to do with it? The pleasure for me is having a freshly-baked loaf ready first thing in the morning, or whenever I want it; kneading, proving, knocking back and all that stuff is just a chore.

As for machines, I recall when we first got one 30-odd years ago the advice given to us in John Lewis was, to paraphrase "the Panasonic is the gold standard and nothing else is as good" so we went with that, never been disappointed. Same basic machine is still the gold standard today as far as I can tell. I've tried a couple of others, including one I've been wrestling with for years in the hope that if I find the right recipe it will give better-than-just-OK results, but I think I'll be getting shot of it and buy another Panasonic sometime soon.
I wrote "at least for me". Didn't say it needed to be fun for everyone.

For me I like the whole process. Yes, I love eating delicious food but I actually enjoy the process of preparing / cooking / baking it.
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