Bread Making – By Hand Or By Machine?

Traditionally bread has been made by hand, with lots of mixing, kneading and time spent waiting for it to rise in order to achieve the satisfaction of eating freshly baked bread. However the popularity of this past time has declined with the rise of supermarket shopping and busy lifestyles.

In recent years the bread making machine has entered the market place to re-popularise bread making.

Cooks are now faced with making bread the traditional way or using a bread maker.

Traditional Bread Making

The Advantages

  • Produces fresh bread.
  • Having the satisfaction that the end product is their own work.
  • Keeps a tradition alive.
  • Knowledge of ingredients used.
  • Able to use any quantity of mixture.
  • Can produce different shaped loaves.

The Disadvantages

  • Requires alot of effort with mixing and kneading.
  • Time consuming.
  • Bread may not rise.

Bread Making Machine

The Advantages

  • Produces fresh bread.
  • It’s quick to make the bread.
  • It’s effort less as you just put the ingredients in the machine.
  • Knowledge of ingredients used.
  • Versatility of machine – can make variety of bread types and cakes.

The Disadvantages

  • Size of bread is limited to the size of the machine.
  • Bread can be quite crispy and hard on the outside.

Whichever method of bread making you choose, there is nothing like the taste and smell of freshly baked bread, so go on bake a loaf today!