I have to start by saying I've never made bread from real scratch. I've never done kneading, rising or whatnot. Just the mention of the word "starter" and I go running to the grocery store for some pre-made bread. Maybe one day I'll get to that but for now I make bread in our bread maker. Technically that is from scratch since all raw, basic ingredients go in, bread comes out. But the machine does all the mixing, rising cycles and the baking ALL IN ONE! It's like a robot. It's got buttons, lights and beeps. Just program it and it will make you bread.
We got it last year and a few hard, black rock breads got turned out but
In the last month or so I've made the following:
An in process shot of the mixer doing its' thing on a french bread loaf. See how the pan is rectangular? That's where I've found problems arise (haha bread joke). Sometimes you have to wipe those corners down to get an evenly mixed dough.
The next time after that I made pumpkin bread. It also was somewhat to dense (but mostly edible) but was on a completely different cycle of cake breads. So it didn't have yeast or the same settings at the french loaf so either there's a different reason for the bricks or this robot/bread machine doesn't get 5 stars. There's no photo of the pumpkin loaf since after we each ate 1 piece it got attached by ants overnight. Stupid house.
Lastly the most successful bread - the banana bread. A huge favorite by Tony and I. I've now made this twice and this is the only photo - a pieces wrapped up for lunch. It's really good and here I've added chopped walnuts. It gets slightly gooey on the top and a good texture all around - no bricks.
There are about 60 more recipes in the cook book for my bread maker plus about 100 more I've found on Pinterest and the blog world I'd like to try so we'll see where I end up in my bread making department. Robot says hi.